FULL TIME: Nottingham Forest 1 Doncaster Rovers 2

GOALS from debutant Frederic Piquionne and Kyle Bennett handed battling Rovers a vital win in the crunch relegation clash at Nottingham Forest.

Dean Saunders’ side defended with excellent composure under great pressure from the hosts for half an hour after Dexter Blackstock reduced the advantage.

But the game will be remembered for Piquionne’s long range screamer just hours after signing a one month loan deal from West Ham United.

The breakthrough came a minute before the break when Piquionne collected the ball in acres of space 30 yards out and drilled an unstoppable effort past Camp into the far corner.

Boos rang out from the frustrated home supporters at the half time whistle.

It had been a poor first half in quality terms with both sides lacking fluidity and the killer pass.

Long range efforts from Garath McCleary and Blackstock for the hosts and Giles Barnes for Rovers was as good as it got.

The second half could not have started better for Rovers as they doubled the lead just two minutes in.

Diouf did really well to reach the byline and he sent a deft chip to the far post where Bennett strolled in to side foot past Camp.

Rovers were flying and Bennett almost grabbed his second on 54 more minutes but his low effort from the edge of the area rattled off the inside of the post.

Forest pulled a goal back on 63 minutes to set up a tense final half hour.

McCleary cut a ball back from the right edge of the box with Blackstock collecting and eventually looping a shot over Ikeme into the far corner.

To Rovers’ credit, they maintained excellent composure under a lot of pressure from the hosts, whose final ball continued to let them down.

Substitute Sam Hird was on hand for a last ditch clearance after Ikeme spilled McCleary’s low shot from the corner of the box.

But that was as near as the hosts got as Rovers secured a vital win in the relegation battle.