DONCASTER Rovers maintained top spot in League One with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.
Following their midweek demolition at the hands of MK Dons, Rovers took the chance to reaffirm their promotion credentials with goals from Billy Paynter and James Husband, sandwiched in between an equaliser from Bournemouth’s Matt Tubbs.
Rovers recalled Neil Sullivan in goal after an injury to Gary Woods, and he was called into action in just the fifth minute of the game.
Marc Pugh found space on the left to send over a deep cross and Brett Pitman sent a header on target after pulling away from his marker with Sullivan tipping out for a corner.
From the subsequent set piece Bournemouth skipper Steve Cook crashed a header back off the crossbar.
Sea mist rolled in throughout the second half making visibility increasingly difficult.
And it seemed no one could see Dave Cotterill as he set up Rovers’ opener.
Cotterill sent a low cross to the near post where Paynter got clear of his man and tapped home.
It took a fine save from Sullivan to keep the scores level on 75 minutes after Pitman sent Lewis Grabban clear.
But the veteran ‘keeper could do nothing about the late goal from substitute Tubbs, which appeared to have rescued a point.
Fellow substitute Steve Fletcher flicked a header on to send Tubbs clear, and he deftly lobbed the on-rushing Sullivan.
But Rovers hit back immediately with another goal on the break as Husband galloped clear.
He saw his initial cross from the byline blocked but the ball came back out to him and he finished superbly from an acute angle to maintain Rovers’ lead at the top.