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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 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25