Match report: Doncaster Rovers 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4

Andy Butler heads in for Rovers against Wolves
Andy Butler heads in for Rovers against Wolves

Rovers lost their unbeaten pre-season record in their final friendly as they conceded four goals against Championship Wolves.

Rovers lost their unbeaten pre-season record in their final friendly as they conceded four goals against Championship Wolves.

Harry Forrester goes on the charge against Wolves

Harry Forrester goes on the charge against Wolves

Poor defending proved the undoing of Paul Dickov's side delivering disappointment after a string of such positive performances this summer.

Andy Butler gave Rovers the lead before the West Midlands outfit went 3-1 up through Benik Afobe, Jordan Graham and Nouha Dicko.

Rovers fought back to level through Rob Jones and Nathan Tyson but a fine individual effort from Bright Enobakhare sealed the win for Kenny Jackett's visitors.

Rovers started brightly with Richard Chaplow given his first minutes for the club playing just behind lone striker Andy Williams.

But they looked increasingly leggy, particularly against a Wolves side who impressed with quick movement of the ball.

Stuckmann parried a fine strike from James Henry over the bar on nine minutes while Butler blocked a curling effort from Afobe with his backside as Wolves showed their teeth.

Rovers took the lead after 20 minutes. Butler powered past his marker to meet a Harry Forrester corner with a diving header past former Rovers loanee Carl Ikeme.

Wolves were almost level straight away. Afobe easily skipped past Aaron Taylor-Sinclair's lunging challenge to go clear through but Stuckmann raced out to tip the ball wide.

However, from the subsequent corner the visitors did equalise.

The ball skimmed off Mitchell Lund's head and landed kindly for Afobe who stabbed home from two yards.

And six minutes later they took the lead, with another goal served up on a plate. Nouha Dicko squeezed a shot past Jones which Stuckmann parried but straight to Graham who fired into an empty net.

Wolves added a third on 36 minutes and again Rovers were left to rue poor defending. Far too many players were drawn towards the ball delivered from a corner and when Kortney Hause flicked in, it left plenty of space for Dicko to fire in.

Rovers pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. Forrester fired a corner to the back post where Jones did not even have to jump to power a header in.

Wolves came out with 11 different players for the second half with Paul Dickov opting for a more conservative three changes, switching to a 4-4-2 formation.

It took just two minutes for Rovers to level up and it was through farcical circumstances.

Tyson chased down a back pass, substitute keeper Aaron McCarey dummied a kick but slipped, allowing Tyson to nip around him and tap into an empty net.

Stuckmann produced a superb one-handed stop to keep out Rajiv Van La Parra's angled drive before saving with his legs from Matt Doherty.

Wolves went back ahead just after the hour mark with a fine individual goal from Enobakhare. Picking up the ball 30 yards out, he danced past several challenges into the box before rifling under Stuckmann.

Dany N'Guessan was introduced for his appearance in a Rovers shirt and tested McCarey with a low drive from 25 yards.

But the game petered out, ensuring Rovers signed off pre-season on a losing note.

Doncaster Rovers: Stuckmann, Lund, Butler, Jones (McCullough 55), Taylor-Sinclair (Whitehouse 83), Coppinger (Middleton 46), Wellens (Evina 46), Keegan (P McKay 83), Forrester (Mandeville 83), Chaplow (Tyson 46), Williams (N'Guessan 72).

Subs not used: Marosi.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme (McCarey 46), Iorfa (Doherty 46), Stearman (Ebanks-Landell 46), Hause (Hayden 46), Golbourne (Rowe 46), Graham (Ronan 46, Reid 77), Coady (Evans 46), Edwards (Price 46, Deslandes 81), Henry (Colclough 46), Dicko (Enobakhare 46), Afobe (Van La Parra 46).

Referee: Andy Madley

Att: 2,147 (416)