December 26, 2012
Last-gasp Syers at the double
Doncaster substitute David Syers grabbed a last-gasp winner as high-flying Doncaster won 2-1 at Oldham.
The home side were on course for a well-deserved point, but Syers pounced in injury time to give Rovers their first victory in five league and cup games.
Doncaster scored after just three minutes when David Cotterill's left-wing free-kick was touched against the post by Billy Paynter and Rob Jones headed home the rebound from eight yards.
Oldham responded well, but Matt Smith's diving header flashed wide and Jose Baxter's long-range effort was saved by Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods.
The equaliser came after 27 minutes as French midfielder Youssouff M'Changama let fly from 25 yards and saw his rising shot go through Woods' grasp.
Woods then tipped away Jean Yves Mvoto's thumping header before Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis thwarted Paynter after a goalmouth scramble.
The sides were closely-matched in a tight second half and Oldham threatened a winner when Smith headed straight at the goalkeeper.
But Rovers snatched victory when Cotterill's cross to the far post was headed in from eight yards by Syers.
|Oldham Athletic||Doncaster Rovers|
|13 Dean Bouzanis||33 Gary Woods|
|16 Cliff Byrne||2 Paul Quinn|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||5 Robert Jones|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||16 Jamie McCombe|
|23 Reece Wabara||14 Tommy Spurr|
|7 Lee Croft||20 James Harper|
|4 James Wesolowski||11 David Cotterill|
|8 Dean Furman||30 Paul Keegan|
|22 Youssouf M'changama||8 Billy Paynter|
|14 Matt Smith||17 Iain Hume|
|20 Jose Baxter||23 Kyle Bennett|
|1 Alex Cisak||Jonathan Maxted 13|
|26 Carl Winchester||Andy Griffin 19|
|2 Connor Brown||Shelton Martis 4|
|24 Connor Hughes||James Husband 3|
|11 Cristian Montano||Dave Syers 6|
|21 Kirk Millar||Robbie Blake 10|
|19 Daniel Taylor||Chris Brown 9|
|Cristian Montano for Youssouf M'changama (83)||Dave Syers for Paul Keegan (62)|
|Chris Brown for Billy Paynter (79)|
|James Husband for Kyle Bennett (83)|
|Jean Yves Mvoto Owono (55)||Paul Keegan (62)|
|Kyle Bennett (74)|
|Iain Hume (74)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | Doncaster Rovers|