FT Rovers: Doncaster 2 Huddersfield 0

Doncaster Rovers vs Huddersfield- celebrating opeing goal
Doncaster Rovers vs Huddersfield- celebrating opeing goal
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Rovers gave their Championship survival hopes a boost with a fine 2-0 home Yorkshire derby win over Huddersfield, with a Billy Sharp goal putting them on the way.

Manager Paul Dickov was looking for his side to react following their thrashing at Bournemouth ran riot on the south coast.

The Scotsman brought back Billy Sharp after his three-match ban, put Cotterill on Rovers’ left and partnered Tamas with Meite in the heart of defence.

Town, unchanged from the side which demolished Barnsley, went on the attack and won a collection of corners following a livewire beginning from Wells who gave Rovers’ centre-back pairing something to think about.

Rovers cleared their lines well from Town’s searching set-piece then attacked with purpose when Duffy’s long ball found Brown who held up play well before releasing Sharp down the right. The on-loan striker drilled in a searching cross with Town just managing to put the ball out for a throw-in.

Wells ghosted in at the back-post but his ball back across goal evaded his team mates.

Hammill worked space well for himself when he cut inside Quinn down Huddersfield’s left flank but lashed at the ball, dragging it wide of Johnstone’s near-post.

Cotterill burst from midfield and interchanged passes with left-back Husband before the former curled in a cross which was well dealt with by the visitors.

Ward lacked the desired composure as he slid and planted an effort well over, troubling the travelling Town fans behind the goal rather than Johnstone.

Rovers were finding joy down the righ as Quinn and Sharp combined before the full-back was fouled and awarded a free-kick. Cotterill’s searching delivery saw Quinn crowded out before Duffy struck the ball first-time, dragging it wide.

Calls for a penalty were waved on as Brown was caught in a tangle in the area before trying to drill the ball across goal. A chance fell to Sharp as he found himself collecting a pass on the edge of the area, but he was unable to dig the ball out from under his feet enough as Smithies comfortably collected the low drive.

Dixon pulled a cross back into the area which Rovers managed to clear.

Rovers found themselves ahead following a brilliant run from Meite deep into Town’s half before linking up well with Brown and winning his side a corner. Cotterill swung in the set-piece which saw Tamas rise highest and head it down into the path of SHARP who pounced to net Rovers’ 28th minute opener.

Husband and Cotterill tried their luck from distance, however, neither efforts troubled Smithies in the opponent’s goal.

Hammill had his head in his hands in the 42nd minute after wasting a chance to pull Huddersfield level with a wayward cross-shot that sailed harmlessly wide for a goal-kick.

Ward saw his cross cleared off the line by Keegan - a chance which led to Tamas and Gerrard colliding with both players getting to their feet and clashing heads.

Loan ‘keeper Johnstone was called into action straight after the restart as he pulled off a fantastic double save - the first with his feet to deny Dixon before pawing Wells’ chance wide for a corner.

But Rovers went on the ascendancy through Cotterill who engineered a couple of strong chances f with defence-splitting runs which led to corners as Dickov’s men put Town on the backfoot.

With little doing for the visitors Doncaster capitalised and found themselves 2-0 up in the 55th minute.

The goal followed a m0ve down Town’s right which saw Brown feed Duffy who pulled the ball back into COTTERILL’S path and he slotted into the bottom left corner scoring the goal his performance merited.

The Welshman’s strike left Huddersfield stunned and Robins’ men had an uphill challenge with Doncaster looking strong in their hopes of extending their unbeaten home recordstretching back to Boxing Day.

Substitute Paterson wased a glorious chance for Huddersfield as he peeled away from his marker to beat the offside trap but fired a tame effort leaving Johnston to comfortably gather.

Sharp received a standing ovation as he was brought off in the 81st minute for striker Robinson.

Cotterill continued to probe and was forced out during an 85th minute run as Dickov’s outfit looked more than comfortable in the final stages.

Doncaster were able to see the game peter out as they duly collected a vital three points to keep their home record and hopes of league survival going strong.