Full-time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Carlisle 2

Despair for Rovers skipper Rob Jones as his effort misses the target
Despair for Rovers skipper Rob Jones as his effort misses the target
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DONCASTER Rovers’ promotion hopes suffered a setback when they lost at home to Carlisle with Liam Noble scoring twice for the visitors.

Pre-match all Brian Flynn’s thoughts were on Rovers’ game against Carlisle, the rest could wait.

The rest, in this case, centres on Flynn’s own circumstances. His current contract ends on April 28 and Flynn says: “Let’s look at it at that time.”

Carlisle virtually guaranteed their safety with victory at Oldham on Saturday so arrived at the Keepmoat in a relatively relaxed frame of mind.

But that relaxed state may have suited them as they took the lead on 35 minutes through a Liam Noble free kick. Chris Brown hit the bar for Rovers as they looked to respond in the second half.

But worse was to follow for Rovers when Noble scored again after 86 minutes with a long range effort.


Rovers unchanged from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tranmere.

Paul Quinn is injured. His place on the bench is taken by James Harper.

Rovers (4-4-1-1): Woods; Griffin, McCombe, Jones, Spurr; Bennett, Furman, Lundstram, Cotterill; Coppinger; Brown.

Subs: Sullivan, Harper, Wakefield, Paynter, Hume, Husband, Howieson.

Carlisle (4-3-3): Gillespie; Potts, Livesey, Mustoe, O’Hanlon; Berrett. Thirlwell, Noble; McGovern, Welsh, Miller.

Subs: Collin, Murphy, Loy, Manset, Cadamarteri, Edwards, Beck.