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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 7,457) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bratt

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Doncaster 3

I Hume (35)
J Coppinger (54)
B Paynter (81)

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Rovers march on at the top

Last Updated: 02/03/13 7:16pm

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James Coppinger: Netted Doncaster's second

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.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30