March 2, 2013
Rovers march on at top
Doncaster turned on the style to end Hartlepool's seven-match unbeaten run with a commanding 3-0 victory to stay top of the table.
Pools looked nothing like a bottom four side as they began the game with plenty of confidence and played some excellent football.
But the home side gradually wore them down to snatch a half-time lead before dominating after the interval.
Jonathan Franks went close for Hartlepool before Rovers went ahead in the 35th minute with a super solo goal from Iain Hume to beat a couple of players on a jinking run before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Pools never gave up the fight, but Rovers asserted their superiority when James Coppinger made it 2-0 in the 55th minute with a deflected shot that trickled over the line following good work by James Husband.
Rovers went close several times before Pools striker Steve Howard headed against the post at the other end after 77 minutes.
But the npower League One leaders rounded off a convincing display when Billy Paynter headed home in fine style following another splendid open cross from Husband nine minutes from time.
|Doncaster Rovers||Hartlepool United|
|33 Gary Woods||1 Scott Flinders|
|2 Paul Quinn||5 Sam Collins|
|5 Robert Jones||2 Neil Austin|
|16 Jamie McCombe||6 Evan Horwood|
|14 Tommy Spurr||29 Peter Hartley|
|3 James Husband||18 Jack Baldwin|
|26 James Coppinger||11 Andy Monkhouse|
|11 David Cotterill||3 Ritchie Humphreys|
|6 Dave Syers||7 Jonathan Franks|
|12 John Lundstram||10 James Poole|
|17 Iain Hume||36 Charlie Wyke|
|13 Jonathan Maxted||Adam McHugh 31|
|15 Liam Wakefield||Darren Holden 22|
|20 James Harper||Nathan Luscombe 14|
|8 Billy Paynter||Greg Rutherford 17|
|18 Emile Sinclair||Brad Walker 38|
|23 Kyle Bennett||Steve Howard 39|
|25 Jordan Ball||Luke James 33|
|Billy Paynter for Iain Hume (63)||Luke James for Jonathan Franks (59)|
|Kyle Bennett for David Cotterill (85)||Steve Howard for James Poole (59)|
|Charlie Wyke (90)|
|· Squads: Doncaster Rovers | Hartlepool United|