Doncaster Rovers 1 Crawley Town 1: Coppinger strike earns Rovers first point

Doncaster Rovers got their first point of the season thanks to a stunning strike from James Coppinger.

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 5:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th August 2016, 5:09 pm
Rovers v Crawley

Coppinger superbly fired home Matty Blair's corner on 49 minutes to cancel out James Collins' first half tap-in for Crawley.

Doncaster were dreadful in the first half but the goal gave them some much-needed belief and Darren Ferguson's men came closest to snatching all three points.

Rovers had hoped to impose themselves from the outset but it was Crawley who started the game with much more purpose.

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The visitors deservedly went ahead after 26 minutes, Collins tapping in after Ross Etheridge failed to deal with the impressive Jason Bantom's low cross from the left.

Rovers were ragged in possession but went close to an equaliser when Coppinger fired a free-kick just wide. Tommy Rowe then got on the end of Riccardo Calder's cross but saw his goalbound effort blocked.

However, the home side could have had few complaints had a more lively and in sync Crawley team doubled their advantage before the break. Bantom saw an effort deflected just wide, while Enzio Boldewijn hit a shot onto the roof of the net from the angle of the box.

Rovers, booed off at half time, got just the lift they required just four minutes into the second half when Coppinger met Blair's low corner delivery with a superb first-time finish into the far corner.

As the hosts grew in confidence, Blair looped a volley wide and then Rowe headed home another Blair corner only for the referee to spot an infringement.

Rovers continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession and went close when John Marquis headed another corner just over the bar.

Andy Williams also curled an effort off target and volleyed a good chance well wide in stoppage time, while Coppinger also saw a late free-kick easily saved.

Rovers: Etheridge, Wright (Garratt 46), Butler, Mason (Lund 57), Blair, Houghton, Coppinger, Rowe, Calder (Mandeville 67), Williams, Marquis. Subs not used: Marosi, Evina, Middleton, Beestin.

Crawley: Mersin, Young, Davey, McNerney, Blackman, Smith, Payne, Boldewijn, Banton (Yorwerth 78), Clifford (Bawling 70), Collins (Harrold 81). Subs not used: Beeney, Arthur, Tajbakhsh, Pappoe.

Attendance: 4,327

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon)