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Rovers FT: Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil 1

Rovers scorer Billy Paynter in action against Yeovil

Rovers scorer Billy Paynter in action against Yeovil

DONCASTER Rovers ended Yeovil’s club-record run of eight straight league wins.

The Glovers headed north with striker Paddy Madden netting ten goals in the previous seven games.

Madden has been League One’s hot-shot in recent weeks but even the player in the worst spell of form in the division would have struggled to miss Yeovil’s opener after just six minutes.

Captain McCallister swung in a free kick from the right, the ball was allowed to run through to keeper Woods who tamely palmed at it with MADDEN striding in to tap into an empty net.

Paynter was denied a great chance to level the scores on 14 minutes by the reflexes of Glovers keeper Stech.

No chance was more simple than the one Paynter missed a minute from the break.

Spurr took a quick throw to Husband who crossed from the byline to find Paynter, unmarked a mere two yards out.

The striker rose, headed down and the ball bounced up and back off the bar. Coppinger was first to the rebound but turned a header of his own over.

Rovers continued to press and Stech was forced to tip wide after Husband struck a sweet half volley from 25 yards out.

From the subsequent corner, Paynter atoned from his awful miss. Cotterill delivered and PAYNTER leapt to power a header past Stech to level up the game in first-half stoppage time.

Half-time: 1-1.

Jones lacked the composure Paynter showed with his goal as he spurned a brilliant chance to put Rovers 2-1 in front.

Spurr hooked a Cotterill delivery back from the byling and Jones rose unmarked but powered his header over the bar.

Rovers again looked the more lively of the two sides after the break and seemed to trouble Yeovil with their high-energy approach.

The visitors’ most threatening play came on the break, though most of their chances were speculative efforts from distance.

However substitute Williams - who replaced former Rovers striker Hayter who was stretchered off - really should have given Yeovil the lead with a gilt-edged chance from a Rovers mistake.

Jones sent a tame back-pass towards Woods and Williams nipped in only to stab a shot narrowly wide of the Rovers goal.

This was Rovers’ best performance of February so far as they produced some excellent link up play, particularly between Cotterill and Coppinger.

Paynter looked much more comfortable in his lone attacker’s role, showing tireless energy and bringing the midfielders into play well throughout.

Rovers were denied what seemed a blatant penalty on 77 minutes.

Stech punched out a cross and bundled substitute Syers – on for Lundstram – as he went to claim the second ball but referee Ilderton waved away appeals.

 

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