Doncaster Rovers 1 Preston 1: Tyson lifts Keepmoat with late leveller as Rovers belatedly kickstart campaign

Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
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NATHAN Tyson was Doncaster’s saviour as he bagged a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to spare Rovers’ blushes.

Tyson pounced in the ‘92nd’ minute just as it looked as though Chris Humphrey’s 66th-minute goal had won it for Preston.

Josh Brownhill went close to giving Simon Grayson’s side the lead, but his left-footed strike flew inches wide.

The home side – who lost Rob Jones to injury – then sprung into life when midfielder James Coppinger fired over and Kyle Bennett had a shot charged down.

Goalkeeper Jed Steer thwarted Lilywhites’ Joe Garner from close-range before Coppinger missed two chances in the space of six minutes.

Tom Clarke went close for Preston three minutes after the restart when he fired wide, and at the other end Bennett lashed an effort over the bar.

Jamaican midfielder Humphrey broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark, crashing home from 25 yards after Rovers failed to clear a free-kick.

But Tyson smashed home from inside the area, sparing Rovers a second successive home defeat.

Doncaster: Steer, Wabara, Jones (Wakefield 12), McCullough, Evina, De-Val, Keegan, Furman (Tyson 71), Coppinger, Bennett, Robinson. Unused substitutes: Marosi, Peterson, Middleton, Askins, Whitehouse.

Preston: Jones, Woods, B Davies, Clarke, Wright, Humphrey (Little 70), Kilkenny (King 62), Brownhill, Browne, Gallaghee (Hayhurst 87), Garner. Unused substitutes: Stuckmann, Wiseman, K Davies, Welsh.

Referee: G Sutton (Lincolnshire).