March 9, 2013
Teenage Husband has last laugh
James Husband's late strike settled a topsy-turvy encounter at Bournemouth 2-1 in Doncaster's favour to keep the visitors top of the table.
The teenager fired in a left-footed volley in the 88th minute after his initial drive was blocked to condemn Bournemouth to their fifth straight defeat.
In a hard-fought contest, it was the Cherries who started the brighter with skipper Steve Cook rattling the crossbar with a fifth-minute header.
Veteran Neil Sullivan, 43, making his first appearance for Doncaster this season, was the busier goalkeeper throughout, producing a number of smart saves from Brett Pitman and Lewis Grabban.
Former Leeds striker Billy Paynter scored his 11th goal of the campaign to open the scoring for Rovers after converting a pin-point David Cotterill cross after 66 minutes.
Bournemouth responded and thought they had picked up a vital point in the promotion run-in when Matt Tubbs lobbed over a stranded Sullivan in the 85 minute.
And after Husband's late winner, Eddie Howe's men were centimetres away from grabbing a last-minute equaliser when Brett Pitman's header cannoned back off the post in stoppage time.
|AFC Bournemouth||Doncaster Rovers|
|21 Ryan Allsopp||1 Neil Sullivan|
|3 Steve Cook||2 Paul Quinn|
|2 Simon Francis||5 Robert Jones|
|5 Daniel Seaborne||16 Jamie McCombe|
|7 Marc Pugh||14 Tommy Spurr|
|16 Shaun MacDonald||3 James Husband|
|17 Josh McQuoid||26 James Coppinger|
|30 Matt Ritchie||11 David Cotterill|
|32 Eunan O'Kane||12 John Lundstram|
|40 Brett Pitman||8 Billy Paynter|
|22 Lewis Grabban||9 Chris Brown|
|1 Shwan Jalal||Jonathan Maxted 13|
|26 Richard Hughes||Andy Griffin 19|
|12 Wes Fogden||Liam Wakefield 15|
|6 Joe Partington||Cameron Howieson 22|
|20 Ryan Fraser||Iain Hume 17|
|33 Steve Fletcher||Emile Sinclair 18|
|18 Matthew Tubbs||Kyle Bennett 23|
|Ryan Fraser for Josh McQuoid (71)||Iain Hume for Chris Brown (89)|
|Matthew Tubbs for Lewis Grabban (78)||Kyle Bennett for Billy Paynter (90)|
|Steve Fletcher for Shaun MacDonald (78)|
|Eunan O'Kane (74)||James Coppinger (53)|
|James Husband (76)|
|· Squads: AFC Bournemouth | Doncaster Rovers|