Rovers march on at the top
Last Updated: March 2, 2013 7:16pm
James Coppinger: Netted Doncaster's second
Doncaster turned on the style to end Hartlepool's seven-match unbeaten run with a 3-0 home victory to stay top of League One.
Pools looked nothing like a bottom four side as they began the game with plenty of confidence and played some excellent football at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
But the home side gradually wore them down to snatch a half-time lead before dominating after the interval.
Jonathan Franks went close for Hartlepool before Rovers went ahead in the 35th minute with a super solo goal from Iain Hume to beat a couple of players on a jinking run before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Pools never gave up the fight, but Rovers asserted their superiority when James Coppinger made it 2-0 in the 55th minute with a deflected shot that trickled over the line following good work by James Husband.
Rovers went close several times before Pools striker Steve Howard headed against the post at the other end after 77 minutes.
But the League One leaders rounded off a convincing display when Billy Paynter headed home in fine style following another splendid open cross from Husband nine minutes from time.
npower League 1
Sat 2nd Mar
Brentford1 - 0Scunthorpe
Bury0 - 2Crawley
Coventry1 - 2Swindon
Doncaster3 - 0Hartlepool
Leyton Or3 - 1Bournemth
MK Dons1 - 1Preston
Notts Co1 - 0Carlisle
Oldham0 - 2Sheff Utd
Walsall3 - 1Shrewsbury
Yeovil1 - 0Tranmere
Stevenage0 - 2Colchester
Crewe1 - 2Portsmouth
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|