Doncaster Rovers 2 Cheltenham Town 0: We should have scored more, Fergie

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League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers beat Cheltenham Town at the Keepmoat Stadium to maintain their promotion charge.

Darren Ferguson named an unchanged team from the side which drew 0-0 at Crawley Town last weekend.

Marko Marosi and Gary McSheffrey were named on the bench.

Alfie May went close to opening the scoring inside the first 10 minutes, but was denied by goalkeeper Scott Brown, after a low cross from Matty Blair.

Rovers took the lead on 23 minutes, after a swift free-kick from Blair caused panic in the visitors’ defence - John Marquis had the first chance - and Andy Butler was lurking to smash the ball home.

May then had three shots in quick succession, Brown producing a good save, while the other two efforts were blocked by defenders.

The hosts should have doubled their advantage just before the break.

A breakaway saw May thwarted by Brown, and the from the follow-up, James Coppinger saw his effort booted off the line.

Cheltenham were down to 10 men after Will Boyle was handed two yellow cards.

And Rovers came close to taking advantage of their numerical advantage.

First, Tommy Rowe had his headed ‘goal’ ruled out for offside, before Brown tipped over an effort from John Marquis.

Rovers secured all three points with a second goal, and it was the impressive May who created it.

The youngster surged forward, and when the ball found Marquis, the striker fired home low inside Brown’s right-hand post.

“Goals do make a difference in games and to get that first goal was important,” Ferguson said.

“That’s the first time in four games we’ve gone in front and I felt we managed the game fairly well after that.

“It was a case of keeping our concentration. Apart from the opening five or 10 minutes when Cheltenham had a few corners, I felt it was a professional performance from the team.

“Cheltenham were very well organised and they came into the game on, apart from Stevenage, the best form in the league.

“They’d not conceded in four. You could see they were confident and they were well organised, hard to break down.

“But I felt it was a comfortable 2-0 win for us and it should have been more.”

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