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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 6,373) 5th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Clark

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Colchester United Colchester

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D Cotterill (84)

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Cotterill sends Rovers second

Last Updated: 05/01/13 6:45pm

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Cotterill: Match-winning goal

Cotterill: Match-winning goal

David Cotterill's superb solo strike saw Doncaster move level on points with Tranmere at the top of League One with a 1-0 win over Colchester.

Cotterill's 10th goal of the season was one of his best, breaking the deadlock six minutes from time with a mazy run and curling finish to send Rovers second in the table.

It was rough luck on Colchester, who crashed to their eighth successive defeat despite looking the better side for large parts of the game.

Doncaster were not at their best and struggled to string their passes together as the visitors controlled the game in midfield.

Dominic Samuel and Drey Wright went close for Colchester before new loan signing Emile Sinclair threatened with a shot on the turn at the other end.

Rovers were second best in the first half but they began to step up the pace after the interval with the hard working Iain Hume having a close-range shot saved and another effort blocked in quick succession.

The hosts were rewarded for their persistence when Cotterill produced a flash of inspiration with a brilliantly-taken goal in the 84th minute, dribbling past a defender before curling a shot into the roof of the net.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15