ROVERS MATCH REPORT: Doncaster 1 Coventry 4

Paul Quinn for Rovers
Paul Quinn for Rovers

DONCASTER Rovers slumped 4-1 at home to Coventry, who have had a great run under new boss Mark Robins, the former Rotherham United and Barnsley manager..

Rovers were looking to extend their unbeaten League One sequence of six games fell behind after five minutes, midfielder MOUSSA, the former Rovers loan player, giving keeper Woods no chance with a superb strike from the edge of the box.

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Hume, his head again heavily bandaged as it was in the second half at Swindon, shot wide of the far post.

Clingan, even though he was only on the bench, had come in for a lot of verbal abuse in the opening 10 minutes.

McGoldrick, Coventry and League One leading scorer this season, was not far off the mark from a 30-yard free-kick on 17 minutes.

Rovers suffered a blow on 25 minutes when leading scorer Cotterill went off injured to be replaced by Brown.

Coventry doubled their lead a minute later - McGOLDRICK beating Woods with a header after getting on the end of a left-wing cross into the box.

Roversull-back Quinn pushed on down the right, only to see his cross sail high and wide.

Rovers centre-back Spurr was in quickly to deny Coventry midfielder Jennings a shooting chance at the expebse of 36th minute corner.

Skipper Jones then cut out a long ball down the left at the expense of a throw-in.

McGoldrick got the better of Jones, only to shoot wide of the far post with only Woods to beat.

McSheffrey just cleared the bar from 16 yards and the half-time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans.

HALF-TIME

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

Coventry............2

Rovers, who looked to have it all to do in the second half, started with Griffin on for Quinn.

Coventry made a change after 49 minutes, Clarke replacing Moussa.

The first chance of the half fell to Coventry stand-in skipper Wood, who headed over from a 49th minute corner at the far post.

Jones did well to get his head to Husband’s free-kick at the far post but was unable to trouble Murphy.

Coventry effectively killed the game off on 68 minutes, the unmarked McGOLDRICK picking his spot from close range after getting on the end of Clarke’s angled ball from the egde of the box.

Spurr denied McSheffrey a shooting chance at the expense of a corner.

Rovers made a final substitution on 72 minutes with Clingan coming on for Harper.

His introduction was greeted by boos from the 872 Coventry fans with a few weak cheers from the home fans. Rovers pulled a goal back on 76 minutes when a header by Paynter hit the crossbar and BROWN was on hand to finish off the job to make it 3-1.

Husband became the second Rovers player to be booked on 85 minutes.

There was a let off for Rovers when Bailey headed over from McSheffrey’s inviting cross just a couple of yards out.

BARTON beat Woods with a superb 25-yarder to make it 4-1 in the 90th minute.