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Report: Three goals secure all three points in Doncaster win

9 February 2021

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Fleetwood Town are back to winning ways after beating Doncaster Rovers 3-1 at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors opened the scoring early on through Jason Lokilo but a barrage of attacks wore down the Donny defence before Kyle Vassell, Paddy Madden and Danny Andrew all found the back of the net in the second half.

Doncaster took the lead seven minutes into the game as Lokilo picked up the ball and dribbled down the right wing. He cut inside and decided to drive his shot low, which beat Alex Cairns at his near post.

Town then went on the attack and created multiple chances. The first started with Vassell, who played the ball into the Doncaster area, but it was deflected out for a corner. Soon after, Daniel Batty whipped in a cross towards Charlie Mulgrew, whose header is blocked by the Donny defence.

At the 15-minute mark, Doncaster were forced into an early substitution as Tom Anderson clashed heads with Callum Connolly from a Town corner and was replaced by Joe Wright.

Andrew almost found the equaliser for Fleetwood from the edge of the Donny box five minutes later when the ball was cleared to him, he managed to get past his man, but his effort just curled wide of the far post.

They would go close again in the 26th minute as Andrew ran past his man, with a burst of pace, aimed a cross into the near post towards Vassell, but the goalkeeper was able to get there first.

Callum Camps was next to have an attempt on goal, after receiving the ball from Paddy Madden 35-yards out. He took a touch to get the ball out of his feet, but his audacious attempt from range went well wide of the target.

With eight minutes to go in the first half, Jordan Rossiter played the ball to Charlie Mulgrew, who ventured forward from the back line, but the Scotsman’s strike went just wide of Ellery Balcombe’s goal.

A couple of minutes later, Vassell beat his man on the edge of the Doncaster area, and struck the ball towards goal with his left-foot, but his effort was saved by the goalkeeper and cleared soon after.

Rovers had the last chance of the half and they forced Cairns into a brilliant diving save. Wright got on the end of Matt Smith’s delivery from a free-kick, with his effort being matched by Town’s goalkeeper. That was whipped in by Lokilo but they couldn’t turn it in at the back post.

Town started the second half as the better team. Madden has a snapshot, which had to be saved by Balcombe. The ‘keeper could only push it out to Rossiter, but his strike from rage didn’t trouble the Doncaster defence.

Town finally broke through as Mulgrew played the ball towards Holgate at the back post from a corner, who headed it back across goal where Vassell was able to strike the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net.

The comeback was complete five minutes later as Madden reacted well to a loose pass from the Doncaster goalkeeper, he took the ball past Balcombe and calmly placed the ball into the net.

Doncaster then went on the front foot trying to get back level and it was Andrew who managed to get in the way of their eventual effort and put it out for a corner. They crossed the ball in from the set-piece and Madden was there to head it clear.

A great performance was topped off by an amazing strike from Andrew late on in the game as Mulgrew’s corner was headed clear, only to the left-back  on the edge of the box, who moved the ball onto his weak foot and curled the ball into the top corner, securing all three points for Fleetwood.

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Andrew, Connolly, Camps, Mulgrew, Rossiter (Finley 69’), Madden (C), Vassell (Saunders 90+1'), Donacien, Batty, Holgate.

Subs not used: Coleman (GK), Duffy, J.Morris, McKay, S.Morris.

Rovers XI: Balcombe (GK), Halliday, James, Anderson (C) (Wright 14’), Robertson (Gomes 61’), Okenabirhie, Lokilo (Bogle 71’), Smith (Taylor 71’), Bostock (Richards 61’), Butler, John.

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Simoes.


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