New boy Theo sets Rovers up for first win

Doncaster Rovers' Theo Robinson (right) celebrates his goal against Blackburn.
Doncaster Rovers' Theo Robinson (right) celebrates his goal against Blackburn.

Instant hero Theo Robinson delivered on his promise to be quick off the mark as Doncaster Rovers deservedly netted their first Championship win of the season.

The livewire frontman - who only joined up with his new teammates yesterday following his move from Derby County - took just 37 minutes to break an eight-month long goal drought and help Rovers to a thoroughly impressive victory.

The outstanding James Husband netted a crucial - and somewhat fortuitous - second just as Blackburn threatened a comeback following the restart.

But there was nothing fortunate about the nature of this result, as Paul Dickov’s hard-working side played with swagger and composure to pile more pressure on Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer.

Rovers began the brighter of the two sides and went within inches of breaking the deadlock when Chris Brown latched onto an under-hit back pass from Grant Hanley but his sliding effort drifted agonisingly wide.

The hosts had a zip about their play, with Robinson energetic and industrious in attack.

David Cotterill cut inside from the left and tested Kean’s handling with a curling effort from the edge of the box, as Rovers pushed for a breakthrough.

Just before the half hour Blackburn offered their first significant threat. Jordan Rhodes latched on to a through ball and got there before the on-rushing Ross Turnbull, only to then curl his effort just over an unguarded net. The opening goal, however, deservedly went the way of Doncaster and, like their previous two goals this season, it came from a set-piece.

Husband whipped in a delightful free kick from the right flank and Robinson rose highest to head home at the near post.

Blackburn started the second period in a more positive fashion to the first, and peppered the Rovers’ goal with a series of dangerous crosses and corners.

Chris Taylor twice failed to hit the target with headers at the back post for the visitors.

But just as Blackburn were finding their rhythm, Rovers struck with a crucial second.

Husband ran onto Cotterill’s short free kick on the left and his cross sailed over a hapless Kean into the roof of the net.

The young full back did not mean it, but it was just reward for an all action display.

Robinson had the ball in the net again shortly after, but was adjudged offside after Brown headed another dangerous Husband free-kick back across the face. And Brown should have put the game to bed when the ball dropped for him four yards out only for his effort to be smothered. But Rovers were not to be denied - and they kept their shape and discipline to complete the win.

The win put a smile on the face of former Donny striker Billy Sharp.

He tweeted: “Go on the Donny, great win.”

Rovers: Turnbull; Wabara, Husband, Khumalo, Jones; Coppinger, Wellens, Keegan, Cotterill (Syers 90+2); Robinson (Duffy 76), Brown. Subs not used: Maxted, Quinn, Duffy, Paynter, McCullough, Bennett.

Blackburn: Kean; Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Dann; Taylor, Cairney (Evans 60), Lowe, Judge; Dunn (King 66); Taylor (Best 66); Rhodes.

Subs not used: Eastwood, Marrow, Morris, Givet.