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Matchday live: Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster
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- WELCOME to Ewood Park for this afternoon's Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Doncaster. Follow all the action here with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Rovers 1 Doncaster 0.
And then another from the former England number one!
What a save from Paul Robinson, denying Alex Peterson certain equaliser.
Grant Hanley named the MoM. Well deserved too for his second-half performance.
Four minutes of injury-time.
SUB final change for Rovers, DJ Campbell on, Jordan Rhodes off. 84 mins. 1-0.
SUB final change for Donny as David Cotterill comes on for Luke McCullough. 79 mins. 1-0.
SUB for Rovers. Tom Cairney off, Chris Taylor on. 77 mins. 1-0.
15 minutes to go and the game is finely balanced - wouldn't have said at half-time. Rovers need a second to relieve the tension. 75 mins.
SUB for Rovers. David Dunn on, goalscorer Rudy Gestede off. 72 mins. 1-0.
SUBS Doncaster make double change - Mark Duffy, Alex Peterson on; Harry Forrester, James Husband off.
After Ross Turnbull flaps at a free kick Scott Dann's goalbound volley deflects wide for a corner. 67 mins. 1-0.
BOOKED Bongani Khumalo for Donny after really poor challenge on Rudy Gestede.
Docnaster's best spell of the game by far, Paul Robinson having just turned over James Coppinger's cross-shot. 61 mins. 1-0.
BOOKD Terrible pass - a hospital pass - by Lee Williamson leads to Adam Henley getting booked for fouling James Husband when he was about to race into acres of space in front of him.
Tommy Spurr, having made a clearance on the other side of the field, leaves a gap at left-back that James Coppinger may well have exploited had Grant Hanley not got across to cover and divert the danger for a corner. Much tighter game now. 58 mins. 1-0.
Donny are better for half-time. More in the game now. Rovers have to pick it up. 57 mins. 1-0.
Second half is under way. No changes for either side.
HALF-TIME Rovers 1 Doncaster 0.
Attendance is 13,954 (including 829 visiting supporters).
Following more good play down the left by Ben Marshall, ball breaks to Jason Lowe who is not far away with well struck half-volley. 45 mins. 1-0.
BOOKED Debutant Adboulaue Meite becomes the third Donny player to be cautioned after foul on Rudy Gestede.
Jordan Rhodes chases down pass over the top, controls the ball and stands it up to the back for his strike-partner Rudy Gestede to head home.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 45 mins.
Ben Marshall cuts inside on to his right foot and from 30 yards thrashes a swerving, dipping drive that Ross Turnball does well to push around his post. 38 mins. 0-0.
BOOKED James Husband of Doncaster for late tackle on Grant Hanley/
Lovely ball inside the full back from Ben Marshall to Jason Lowe but the centre-midfielder's touch lets him down and the Donny keeper rushes out of his goal to collect. Game gone slightly flat. 35 mins. 0-0.
First opening for Doncaster is dragged wide by Harry Forrester, who was 22 yards from goal. 28 mins. 0-0.
Rovers appear to have what looked a stonewall penalty tuened down. Lee Williamson played a sharp one-two on the edge of the box with Tom Cairney and just as he was about to collect the return pass, he was seemingly dragged down by Bongani Khumalo. But no doing. 24 mins. 0-0.
Another good chance goes begging. Tom Cairney - given the freedom to roam from the right - spreads the ball wide to the excellent Ben Marshall who, not for the first time, skips past his marker before sending over a cross which Jordan Rhodes flicks over when Rudy Gestede was behind him and probably better placed to head home. 14 mins. 0-0.
A missing goal aside, this is exactly the start Rovers would have wanted to make. Home fans in good voice too. 11 mins. 0-0.
What a miss Tom Cairney. Brilliant play down the left by Ben Marshall, who fools Luke McCullough before pulling the ball back brilliantly for Cairney who, from about eight yards out, side-foots over with the goal at his mercy. 9 mins. 0-0.
Good stuff Rovers. Rudy Gestede holds the ball up well on the edge of the box and pops it off into the onrushing Tom Cairney, whose 20-yard left-footed drive goes six yards wide. 9 mins. 0-0.
BOOKED Jason Lowe. Rovers midfielder cautioned for leaving his foot in on Richie Wellens.
BOOKED Richie Wellens of Doncaster for poor lunge on Ben Marshall, who had made a great run down the left.
First chance (ish) goes to Rovers as a long Tommy Spurr throw is headed clear as far as Ben Marshall who, from 20 yards, sends left-footed shot high, wide and not too handsome. 4 mins. 0-0.
We are under way. Rovers kicking toward the Bryan Douglas Darwen End in the first half.
The teams are out on what is a fairly cold but clear day at Ewood Park.
Victory for Rovers and they could move into the top six for the first time this season.
The teams in full are...
Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Cairney, Lowe, Williamson, Marshall, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Kilgallon, Dunn, Campbell, Taylor, Rochina, Morris.
Doncaster: Turnbull, Stevens, McCullough, Khumalo, Meite, De Val, Wellens, Husband, Forrester, Coppinger, Brown. Subs: Maxted, Furman, Duffy, Cotterill, Wakefield, Bennett, Peterson.
In contrast Doncaster, who are managed by former Rovers striker Paul Dickov, have made seven changes to the team which started their shock FA Cup loss to League One basement boys Stevenage.
Dickov has handed starts to new signings Abdoulaye Meite and Richie Wellens.
Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson has retained his place in the starting line-up for today’s visit of struggling Doncaster to Ewood Park – while there is a recall for top scorer Jordan Rhodes.
Robinson, after 13 months on the sidelines, made his long-awaited comeback in last Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at home to Manchester City.
And his impressive performance in the thrilling third-round tie has convinced Rovers boss Gary Bowyer to stick with the former England number one – instead of bringing back Simon Eastwood – for the clash with a Donny side who are on an eight-game winless run in all competitions.
Rhodes, rested against City after making 23 consecutive starts, returns in place of Chris Taylor, who has been troubled by a toe injury.
Bowyer has made no other changes.
Good afternoon and welcome to Ewood Park. A quick recap of the team news to follow.
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