DONCASTER ROVERS halted a run of three straight league defeats with a 3-0 win at out-of-sorts Plymouth.
Andy Butler’s header gave Doncaster an interval lead before John Marquis and Alfie May added second-half goals. Plymouth defender Sonny Bradley was sent off for violent conduct in the 80th minute.
Marquis - returned to the line-up at the expense of Rodney Kongolo after the midweek Carabao Cup loss at Arsenal – was an energetic presence up front all game and went close with a couple of efforts early on, while James Coppinger went close with a curling free-kick.
Marquis and May both had efforts blocked before the visitors went ahead with 19 minutes on the clock after Matty Blair won a corner.
Coppinger’s scorner kick found May, whose shot was tipped onto the bar by Luke McCormick only for the ball to fall to Butler to stoop and head in the opening goal.
Antoni Sarcevic went close for the hosts shortly after, but Rovers were comrotable for the remainder of the half.
They doubled their alead on the hour mark when Coppinger’s corner was met by Joe Wright whose header was only parried by McCormick, allowing Marquis to sweep the ball home.
May got the goal his performance deserved after 73 minutes when Kongolo’s cross rewarded his clever run before deftly turned the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
“I’m delighted with a lot that went on this afternoon,” Ferguson said. “A clean sheet, three goals, could have had more. We managed the game very well.
“We were strong mentally because after Wednesday night there was quite a few tired legs out there. I felt the substitutions we made gave us some fresh legs. I’m delighted. It’s a big, big win for us.”
I’m delighted with a lot that went on this afternoon. It’s a big, big win for us.Doncaster Rovers’ boss, Darren Ferguson