Doncaster Rovers’ step closer to safety

Abdoulaye Meite scores Rovers' opener in the 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium last night
Abdoulaye Meite scores Rovers' opener in the 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium last night
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Doncaster Rovers moved four points clear of the drop zone with a stylish win over ten-man Charlton - and afterwards Paul Dickov declared his side aren’t about to take their foot off the gas.

Goals from Abdoulaye Meite, Chris Brown and Mark Duffy capped an excellent all-round team performance to record back-to-back 3-0 home wins.

The victory lifted Rovers to 19th in the table and they can approach Saturday’s home clash with Middlesbrough in confident mood after claiming seven points from the last nine available.

Dickov said: “I said before last night that it was a massive game and we were fantastic. Our ball retention was excellent, there were a lot of positives to take from that performance.

“I knew we had it in us to go on a run, but I’m not about to say that this is a turning point in the season,” he added.

“We’ve got to take that into the weekend now. We’re not about to take our foot off the gas.”

Doncaster were confident, composed and, at times, cultured against a poor Addicks outfit whose fate was sealed from the moment Lawrie Wilson saw red after hauling down Billy Sharp, allowing Brown to convert from the spot.

The margin of victory could have been greater as Duffy, Richie Wellens and James Coppinger all turned on the style.

In fact, the only thing missing was a goal for Sharp on his Keepmoat homecoming.

Rovers’ excellent evening was made even better by results elsewhere as Barnsley, Yeovil, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday all failed to win.