Rovers Match Report: Oldham 1 Doncaster Rovers 2

Delight for Rovers after the opening goal
Delight for Rovers after the opening goal
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DONCASTER Rovers gave their fans a belated Christmas present when snatching a dramatic stoppage-time win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The third game between the two sides in just over a month looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until substitute David Syers grabbed a winner to send the 800 Doncaster fans into raptures.

Rovers had been second best for most of the first half but came more into the game in the second.

Rovers, who started in torrential rain, took the lead after three minutes.

Striker Billy Paynter headed against the far post after getting on the end of David Cotterill’s free-kick and Jones was on hand to fire home the rebound from about eight yards out.

It wasn’t the sort of start that the Latics had been hoping for as they looked to bounce back from a 4-1 drubbing at Yeovil on Saturday - a day when Rovers were beaten by the weather.

The Latics remained on the attack and left-winger Youssouf M’Changama, who had needed lengthy spell of treatmnent for a knee injury earlier in the half, gave Woods no chance with a superb strike from just outside the area on 27 minutes to level the scores at 1-1.

The home side had come back well after going behind early on and could count themselves unlucky not to be ahead at the break after looking the better side for long periods.

Despite the rain continuing to fall, the pitch was holding up well - though the game had lost much of its earlier intensity.

Bouzanis saved well from substitute James Husband in the first minute of stoppage time, minute but he could do nothing to prevent Syers scoring from the resulting cross back into the box.

Smith had a late chance to snatch an equaliser at the death.