February 9, 2013
Rovers slip to another loss
Title-chasing Doncaster suffered a second successive npower League One defeat as they lost 2-1 to Walsall at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The Saddlers grabbed an early lead when skipper Andy Butler headed home from a second-minute corner.
Yet Rovers drew level on 16 minutes, striker Billy Paynter capitalising on a kind deflection from Chris Brown's header to poke the ball home from close range.
Rovers continued to take the game to the visitors and had two claims for first-half penalties rejected by the referee.
Brown headed wide from a cross after Febian Brandy had gone close to punishing a defensive mix-up.
Doncaster skipper Rob Jones headed over on 67 minutes after David Cotterill's 30-yard try had hit the crossbar.
Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods saved well from substitute Craig Westcarr at the expense of a corner.
Woods also did well to keep out San Mantom's 20-yard effort on 73 minutes.
Brandy then won the goal for Walsall nine minutes later by cutting past Tommy Spurr and slotting the ball home.
|33 Gary Woods||28 Ian McLoughlin|
|2 Paul Quinn||4 Andy Butler|
|5 Robert Jones||14 Ben Purkiss|
|16 Jamie McCombe||26 Andy Taylor|
|14 Tommy Spurr||22 Paul Downing|
|20 James Harper||7 Adam Chambers|
|26 James Coppinger||27 Sam Mantom|
|11 David Cotterill||24 James Baxendale|
|30 Paul Keegan||10 Jamie Paterson|
|8 Billy Paynter||12 Febian Brandy|
|9 Chris Brown||9 William Grigg|
|13 Jonathan Maxted||David Grof 1|
|19 Andy Griffin||James Chambers 25|
|3 James Husband||Dean Holden 5|
|21 Lee Fowler||Nicky Featherstone 6|
|7 Martin Woods||Ashley Hemmings 11|
|18 Emile Sinclair||Craig Westcarr 29|
|23 Kyle Bennett||George Bowerman 17|
|Lee Fowler for Paul Keegan (65)||James Chambers for Ben Purkiss (42)|
|Kyle Bennett for Billy Paynter (76)||Craig Westcarr for James Baxendale (68)|
|Nicky Featherstone for Febian Brandy (90)|
|David Cotterill (19)|
|Lee Fowler (88)|
|· Squads: Doncaster Rovers | Walsall|