Doncaster Rovers 2 Hartlepool 1: We dominated the game, says relieved Ferguson

Liam Mandeville, left, scored Doncaster's winner
Liam Mandeville, left, scored Doncaster's winner
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Liam Mandeville was Doncaster Rovers’ hero for a second week running as his late goal edged out Hartlepool at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Having scored one and created two as a super sub last week, the youngster was given his opportunity from the start by Darren Ferguson as Rovers aimed to maintain their unbeaten home record.

John Marquis. Picture Bruce Rollinson

John Marquis. Picture Bruce Rollinson

However it was his partner in crime John Marquis, fresh from his brace last Saturday, who opened the scoring from close range – his tenth of the season.

Rovers were in front for 20 minutes before Hartlepool levelled from the spot shortly before the break, after substitute keeper Etheridge felled Pádraig Amond.

Amond stepped up to send Etheridge the wrong was and take the two sides into the break on level terms.

The young keeper was called into action soon into the second half but this time kept Amond at bay.

The League Two table

The League Two table

At the other end, veteran James Coppinger produced a smart save out of Trevor Carson in the Hartlepool goal.

Nicky Deverdics curled an effort just wide with 15 minutes to go.

But the drama of the day was saved for 19-year-old Mandeville, who found a winner in the last minute of the 90 when he tapped home Marquis’ cross.

Rovers remain third in League Two with a five-point gap to leaders Plymouth.

Ferguson said: “It would’ve been a travesty had we not won the game.

“For me we totally dominated the game. I thought we were really good.

“We did what we wanted to do really well. We got control of the game and I thought we played some really good stuff.

“I said to the players at half-time ‘keep believing in what we’re doing’ and we did that.

“We were very dominant and it’s a good goal that has won us the game.

“I don’t think we had a massive amount of chances in the game - they were very stubborn - but I thought we were totally dominant.”