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.

5:06pm

FULL-TIME Rovers 1 Doncaster 0.

4:54pm

And then another from the former England number one!

4:54pm

What a save from Paul Robinson, denying Alex Peterson certain equaliser.

4:51pm

Grant Hanley named the MoM. Well deserved too for his second-half performance.

4:50pm

Four minutes of injury-time.

4:43pm

SUB final change for Rovers, DJ Campbell on, Jordan Rhodes off. 84 mins. 1-0.

4:38pm

SUB final change for Donny as David Cotterill comes on for Luke McCullough. 79 mins. 1-0.

4:36pm

SUB for Rovers. Tom Cairney off, Chris Taylor on. 77 mins. 1-0.

4:35pm

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.

4:31pm

SUB for Rovers. David Dunn on, goalscorer Rudy Gestede off. 72 mins. 1-0.

4:27pm

SUBS Doncaster make double change - Mark Duffy, Alex Peterson on; Harry Forrester, James Husband off.

4:26pm

After Ross Turnbull flaps at a free kick Scott Dann's goalbound volley deflects wide for a corner. 67 mins. 1-0.

4:25pm

BOOKED Bongani Khumalo for Donny after really poor challenge on Rudy Gestede.

4:21pm

Docnaster's best spell of the game by far, Paul Robinson having just turned over James Coppinger's cross-shot. 61 mins. 1-0. 

4:20pm

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.

4:19pm

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.

4:17pm

Donny are better for half-time. More in the game now. Rovers have to pick it up. 57 mins. 1-0.

4:05pm

Second half is under way. No changes for either side.

3:50pm

HALF-TIME Rovers 1 Doncaster 0.

3:48pm

Attendance is 13,954 (including 829 visiting supporters).

3:48pm

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.

3:47pm

BOOKED Debutant Adboulaue Meite becomes the third Donny player to be cautioned after foul on Rudy Gestede.

3:46pm

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.

3:44pm

GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 45 mins.

3:38pm

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.

3:37pm

BOOKED James Husband of Doncaster for late tackle on Grant Hanley/

3:35pm

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.

3:28pm

First opening for Doncaster is dragged wide by Harry Forrester, who was 22 yards from goal. 28 mins. 0-0.

3:25pm

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.

3:14pm

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.

3:11pm

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.

3:10pm

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.

3:09pm

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.

3:07pm

BOOKED Jason Lowe. Rovers midfielder cautioned for leaving his foot in on Richie Wellens.

3:04pm

BOOKED Richie Wellens of Doncaster for poor lunge on Ben Marshall, who had made a great run down the left.

3:04pm

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.

3:01pm

We are under way. Rovers kicking toward the Bryan Douglas Darwen End in the first half.

2:58pm

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.

2:47pm

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.

2:47pm

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.

2:46pm

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.

2:46pm

Good afternoon and welcome to Ewood Park. A quick recap of the team news to follow.

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4:59pm Sat 11 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley.
Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley. A Darener
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Sat 11 Jan 14

kfc yummy says...

A Darener wrote:
Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley.
Your not creeping up your still two points outside playoffs.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley.[/p][/quote]Your not creeping up your still two points outside playoffs. kfc yummy
  • Score: -3

5:12pm Sat 11 Jan 14

A Darener says...

kfc yummy wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley.
Your not creeping up your still two points outside playoffs.
But plus one goal difference. As Dingles keep telling us goal difference is worth an extra point. By the time we meet Burnley in March I predict we will be in the playoff places.
[quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Well done good result. Welcome back Paul Robinson. Clean sheet that's what's required. Onwards and upwards. Burnley may have won today but we are creeping up ready to meet you at Wembley.[/p][/quote]Your not creeping up your still two points outside playoffs.[/p][/quote]But plus one goal difference. As Dingles keep telling us goal difference is worth an extra point. By the time we meet Burnley in March I predict we will be in the playoff places. A Darener
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

A Darener says...

And now we have another goal scorer. Look out Jordan, you have some competition.
And now we have another goal scorer. Look out Jordan, you have some competition. A Darener
  • Score: 2

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