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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24