MATCH REPORT: Doncaster Rovers 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Lively early on: Kyle Bennett
Lively early on: Kyle Bennett
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DONCASTER Rovers are still looking to open their account in this season’s Championship after going down to a third successive defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.

Full-back Chris Gunter scored the only goal of the game as Nottingham Forest scraped past Rovers to record their first league win under Steve McClaren.

Eyes on the ball: Tommy Spurr, right, beats Forest's Radoslaw Majewski in the air.            Pictures: Steve Taylor

Eyes on the ball: Tommy Spurr, right, beats Forest's Radoslaw Majewski in the air. Pictures: Steve Taylor

Rovers showed one change to the starting line-up on duty against West Ham United, Sam Hird replacing Richard Naylor.

Rovers had new loan signing Reece Brown on debut.

The young Manchester United defender, the younger brother of Wes Brown, started the game on the bench.

The 19-year-old, who played in this summer’s Under-20 World Cup in Colombia and helped England to keep three clean sheets in four games, has arrived on a one-month loan deal.

Aerial battle: Striker Chris Brown, centre, in action for Doncaster Rovers

Aerial battle: Striker Chris Brown, centre, in action for Doncaster Rovers

Forest had former Premier League striker Matt Derbyshire on debut. The club’s other new signing Ishmael Miller - a team-mate of Rovers’ Giles Barnes at West Brom last season - started on the bench.

Rovers were the first to threaten, James Coppinger shooting just wide of the far post with an angled 25 yarder in the second minute.

Kyle Bennett went even closer two minutes later, just skimming the crossbar from 20 yards after showing electric pace when surging past several defenders on a midfield run.

It had been a confident start by a Rovers side who had drawn a blank in their opening two league games.

Wes Morgan went close from a tenth-minute corner.

Bennett’s pace continued to trouble the Forest defence and he seemed to have been impeded just before shooting wide from the edge of the box.

Camp smothered an angled shot by Barnes from way out on the right after John Oster and Simon Gillett had both caught the eye in the move which started just outside the Rovers area.

Forest took the lead against the run of play seconds later - Gunter squeezing the ball past keeper Gary Woods from close range at the far post after getting on the end of a cross by right-back Brendan Maloney.

It was Forest’s first goal in the Championship this season.

It needed an excellent save by Camp, at the expense of a 37th minute corner, to deny Coppinger from just outside the box.

There could have been an equaliser within a couple of minutes of the restart had Gillett made a clean contact with Barnes’ cross at the far post.

Bennett almost conjured up a chance for Rovers with more trickery in and around the box. Barnes got a header on target from Bennett’s cross but Camp plucked the ball out of the air. Barnes was wide with an overhead volley a couple of minutes later.

Rovers had dominated the game territorially for the first 25 minutes of the half but the equaliser eluded them - underlining perhaps just how much they miss the likes of the injured Billy Sharp and James Hayter.

Polish midfielder Radaslaw Majewski curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar in the 70th minute after a strong run from Findley had been unfairly halted by Hird, who received a booking.

Camp saved well from a Gillett header on 81 minutes. He made a slightly easier save from Brown’s header two minutes later.

ROVERS: G Woods 6 Dumbuya 6 Friend 8 Hird 7 Spurr 6 Coppinger 8 Gillett 8 Oster 7 Barnes **7 Bennett *8 Chris Brown 7 Subs: Sullivan Wilson, Baxendale ** 90 Naylor Reece Brown *86

FOREST: Camp 6 Moloney 7 Chambers 8 Morgan 8 Gunter 7 Majewski 6 Greening 7 Cohen 7 Reid ***7 Derbyshire * 6 McGoldrick ** 6 Subs Smith Lynch *** 90 McGugan Findley *6 58 Miller ** 76

Goals: Forest: Gunter (30).

Bookings: Rovers: Hird, foul, 71 min,

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 9,446