December 29, 2012
Rovers romp to points at Preston
David Syers scored inside the opening minute to set Doncaster on their way to back-to-back victories as they continued their promotion push with a comfortable 3-0 win at struggling Preston.
Syers struck in stoppage-time to defeat Oldham on Boxing Day and he was at it again after just 58 seconds at Deepdale to put the visitors ahead.
David Cotterill doubled Doncaster's advantage with a long-range free-kick after 30 minutes before Billy Paynter sealed the win from the penalty spot in the second half to leave Preston without a win in eight npower League One games.
Rovers took the lead when Cotterill's low corner was hooked in via the crossbar by Syers at the near post.
It was 2-0 on the half-hour mark when Cotterill's free-kick from wide on the left evaded everyone and nestled in Thorsten Stuckmann's net.
Will Hayhurst and substitute Anthony Elding both shot wide before Hayhurst was penalised for bringing down Kyle Bennett in the area and Paynter sent Stuckmann the wrong way from the penalty spot after 76 minutes to seal the win.
|Preston North End||Doncaster Rovers|
|1 Thorsten Stuckmann||33 Gary Woods|
|16 David Buchanan||2 Paul Quinn|
|4 Paul Huntington||5 Robert Jones|
|26 Bailey Wright||16 Jamie McCombe|
|18 Andrew Procter||14 Tommy Spurr|
|19 John Welsh||20 James Harper|
|20 Chris Beardsley||11 David Cotterill|
|21 John Mousinho||30 Paul Keegan|
|24 William Hayhurst||6 Dave Syers|
|17 Jeffrey Monakana||8 Billy Paynter|
|29 Stuart Beavon||23 Kyle Bennett|
|23 Steve Simonsen||Jonathan Maxted 13|
|6 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||Andy Griffin 19|
|27 Luke Foster||Shelton Martis 4|
|14 Todd Kane||James Husband 3|
|13 Joel Byrom||Liam Wakefield 15|
|37 Anthony Elding||Harry Middleton 29|
|9 Graham Cummins||Jordan Ball 25|
|Luke Foster for Paul Huntington (35)||Shelton Martis for Kyle Bennett (81)|
|Anthony Elding for Chris Beardsley (65)||Andy Griffin for David Cotterill (82)|
|Joel Byrom for Andrew Procter (74)||James Husband for Billy Paynter (88)|
|Jeffrey Monakana (44)||Robert Jones (45)|
|John Mousinho (45)|
|John Welsh (50)|
|· Squads: Preston North End | Doncaster Rovers|