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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 16,161) 21st February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Swansea Swansea City vs Doncaster Rovers Doncaster

Swans back on track

Gomez bags brace in 3-1 win over Doncaster

Last Updated: 21/02/09 5:53pm

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Gomez: At the double for Swansea

Gomez: At the double for Swansea

Swansea boosted their play-off hopes with a 3-1 victory over Doncaster at the Liberty Stadium.

Roberto Martinez's men suffered a surprise defeat against Watford in midweek and the visit of in-form Doncaster promised to provide a stern test.

Swansea fell behind to James Coppinger's early goal but equalised thanks to a Jason Scotland penalty and clinched all three points as Jordi Gomez netted twice late on.

Doncaster, who had won seven of their last eight Championship matches, had Richard Wellens sent off for a second bookable offence five minutes from time.

The hosts were first to threaten in the sixth minute through Gomez, who lifted a shot over the bar from the edge of the area.

Swansea were showing just why they are among the favourites for a play-off finish with some flowing football, but they were hit by a sucker punch after 11 minutes as Coppinger fired the visitors in front in slightly fortunate circumstances.

Coppinger slotted into the net via a deflection after Paul Heffernan had done his best to miss a golden opportunity when clean through on goal.

Heffernan only managed to toe-poke the ball straight at Dorus De Vries when he found himself one on one with the Swans stopper. Fortunately Coppinger was on hand to mop up and make no mistake with the rebound.

The goal, however, only seemed to spur the hosts on even more and they were deservedly on level terms in the 28th minute when Scotland netted from the spot.

The in-form frontman sent Doncaster goalkeeper Neil Sullivan the wrong way after James O'Connor had upended Swans skipper Alan Tate in the area.

Eight-minute delay

The first half ended on a sour note as Coppinger was stretchered off with a serious looking injury after a challenge with Albert Serran, causing an eight-minute delay.

Doncaster, though, put the blow behind them and started the second half with much more intent and Sam Hird will feel he could have done better with a header from close range.

At the other end, Scotland was continuing to cause the Rovers defenders all sorts of problems and he was unlucky not to find the back of the net with a stinging shot which was parried by Sullivan.

The veteran stopper was again called into action moments later when he brilliantly tipped a Mark Gower shot round the post as Doncaster continued to ride their luck.

The reprieve did not last long however as the hosts finally got the goal their play deserved through Gomez.

The midfielder, who was a doubt before kick-off with a hamstring injury, slotted the ball home from close range via a deflection after good build-up play from Scotland and substitute Guillem Bauza.

Doncaster were dealt a further blow as Wellens was sent off in the 85th minute for two bookable fouls.

And Gomez then doubled his tally for the afternoon with a fantastic shot from 18 yards after more good play from Scotland.

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