DONCASTER ROVERS suffered an early reverse at Coventry City this afternoon - and it proved to be the crucial moment in a disappointing one-goal defeat.
Cyrus Christie put City ahead with an effort from inside the penalty box at 12:45, after build up play from John Fleck.
It was fitting reward as the Midland side had dominated possession.
Rovers Gary Wood was the busiest of the goalies, having to save two efforts from Franck Moussa and one from Callum Ball.
Rovers had made one change for the match, Andy Griffin in for Paul Quinn who has suffered a family bereavement.
And while they struggled in the first half at the Ricoh Arena, they had a little more zest at the start of the second, David Cotterill testing Joe Murphy.
Rovers were assertive but were finding it difficult to get the killer ball they needed.
John Lundstram was unlucky when his shot from just outside the penalty area thudded off the post on 68 minutes.
Rovers then had two chances over the bar, first from Dean Furman, a header effort from close in, and a shot from Cotterill.
Right at the death, sub Dean Furman had a shot blocked by Aaron Martin - and the last chance to level was gone.
Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Martin, Edjenguele, Stewart, Baker, Bailey, Barton, Fleck, Mousey, Ball.
Subs: Dunn, Clarke, Thomas, Bell, McDonald, McSheffrey, Wilson.
Rovers: Woods, Griffin, McCombe, Jones, Spurr, Cotterill, Coppinger, Lundstram, Husband, Hume, Brown.
Subs: Sullivan, Wakefield, Harper, Furman, Bennett, Sinclair, Paynter.
Ref: Mark Halsey
Read Liam Hoden’s analysis in Saturday’s Star.
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