Coventry City 1 Doncaster Rovers 3: Rovers breathe new life into play-off push

Rovers Curtis Main gets in a header at a corner
Rovers Curtis Main gets in a header at a corner

Doncaster Rovers breathed new life into their play-off push with a stunning comeback win at Coventry City.

Dominic Samuel took full advantage of a dozy start from Doncaster by firing the Sky Blues into a fifth minute lead.

But Rovers were a different team after the break as goals from Richie Wellens, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Harry Forrester ended a four-game win-less run.

After a very subdued opening to the game, Coventry went ahead with the first attempt on goal.

O’Brien found space in midfield and slotted it through for Samuel who smashed it past Bywater into the bottom left corner.

Rovers finally began to show signs of life after ten minutes and Razak’s decent hit from distance was punched away by Burge.

The Ivorian’s afternoon, however, came to a premature end. After being booked for a foul, and then receiving a stern talking to from referee Carl Boyeson, he was hauled off midway through the first half.

Coventry were in the ascendancy and almost doubled their lead when Barton hit the post from close range following good work from Nouble down the left, before dangerman Samuel tested Bywater’s handling from distance.

Rovers should have levelled just before the half hour when a good lay-off from Main presented Tyson with a clear sight on goal but he guided his effort wide.

Rovers began the second half brightly and were quickly back on level terms. Wellens played an excellent one-two with Tyson in the box and hooked it past Burge from close range.

The home side had started the half in poor fashion but did show signs of recovery around the hour mark, the lively Samuel proving to be a thorn in Doncaster’s side.

However, it was Rovers who turned the game on its head on 72 minutes when substitute Clarke-Harris struck.

After City’s defence were caught dawdling in possession Clarke Harris’s first attempt was saved by Burge but the on-loan Rotherham striker was on hand to stick home the rebound.

From that point there was only ever going to be one winner.

The goal really took the sting out of City and Rovers sealed three precious points on 84 minutes when Forrester tapped home from close range after brilliant, determined play from Main down the right.

Rovers should have levelled just before the half hour when a good lay-off from Main presented Tyson with a clear sight on goal but he guided his effort wide.Coventry: Burge, Willis, Pennington, Martin, Stokes, Fleck, Ward, Barton, O’Brien, Samuel, Nouble. Subs: Charles-Cook, Webster, Phillips, Finch, Odelusi, Turgott, Jackson.

Rovers: Bywater, Wabara, McCullough, Butler, Stevens, Furman, Wellens, Razak, Bennett, Main, Tyson. Subs: Subs: Marosi, McCombe, Robinson, Middleton, Evina, Forrester, Clarke-Harris.