NOTTS COUNTY 0 DONCASTER ROVERS 2

Paul Keegan

Paul Keegan

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DONCASTER Rovers made it three wins in eight days including two awaqy victories against sides above them when they won 2-0 at Meadow Lane todayRovers had brought a good following with them down the M1 and they had made themselves heard in the first ten minutes.

Paynter’s lay-off meant for Bennett just outside the area on 12 minutes was cut out by County skipper Bishop.

Bennett was unlucky to be booked for a foul on 19 minutes.

The Magpies forced successive corners without being able to gain any advantage.

Hume robbed a defender on 24 minutes to give himself a shooting chance from just inside the box, but his angled shot went wide at the far post.

A County’s leading scorer Arquin shot wide of the near post from the edge of the area a minute later.

County centre-back Leacock did well to cut out Bennett’s throughball meant for Paynter in the box.

Bennett, who had got through a lot of work so far, won Rovers a 30-yard free-kick after being knocked off the ball.

The home side had claims for a penalty turned down after Bishop was knocked on his back by Syers from the resulting cross, which sailed past the far post.

It had been a very scrappy half - almost devoid of incident.

HALF-TIME

Notts County............0

Rovers........................0

Rovers started the second half with Brown on for Paynter, who had not had much chance to claim his third goal in as many games.

County also showed a change, veteran striker Lee Hughes replacing centre-back Leacock.

Bennett headed over when well-placed on 58 minutes after Spurr had done well to head Keegan’s free-kick into his path.

Rovers took the lead on 62 minutes, KEEGAN heading home in fine style from Syers’ cross to make it 1-0.

Rovers doubled their score a minute later with BROWN claiming his fifth goal this season.

County made two quick changes to try and get back into the game - Judge replacing Zoko on 62 minutes and Nangel coming on for Boucaud two minutes later.

County, who had used all three substitutes, were down to 10 men at this stage with left-back Stewart being treated on the touchline.

It looked as though Stewart was set to return to the fray with his thigh heavily strapped up but then he disappeared into the tunnel leaving his side still short-handed.

Brown tried to push the ball past Eastham but he lacked the pace to do so.

Rovers made a third change on 82 minutes with Clingan, whose former clubs include County’s arch rivals Notts Forest - replacing Hume.

Bishop headed well wide of the left-hand post from a left-wing cross.

Clingan’s first act in a Doncaster shirt was to concede a free-kick.