RECAP: Doncaster Rovers 1 AFC Wimbledon 2: Dons come from behind to inflict opening day defeat on Rovers

The Richie Wellens era begins, new faces are in, fans are back – welcome to a brand new season for Doncaster Rovers.

Saturday, 7th August 2021, 4:56 pm
Keepmoat Stadium. Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

Join us from the Keepmoat Stadium as we bring live match coverage of Rovers’ season opener with AFC Wimbledon in League One.

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LIVE: Doncaster Rovers 1 AFC Wimbledon 2

Last updated: Saturday, 07 August, 2021, 16:58

Ayoub Assal slots in after breaking clear to equalise for Wimbledon.

The ball ricocheted around on the edge of the box, with both sides appealing for fouls before Assal was slid in with a pass and he found the bottom corner. There was a big appeal for offside but nothing given.

There are 6,419 inside the Keepmoat as the doors are thrown back open for competitive football with a healthy 612 making the trip up with Wimbledon.

46 GGGGGOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!! ROVERS!!!

CHARLIE SEAMAN!

A goal on his debut for the versatile young player!

After some great hold up play from Tiago Cukur out wide, the ball was delivered into the box and fell to Seaman, who hooked in a left-footed effort.

Great start to the second half.

Rovers really struggled for coherency in the first half with only flashes of the sort of possession play Richie Wellens is looking for.

In the face of strong pressure, they have not got going much at all and that has been reflected in the lack of threat.

Mentioning Wellens, he has not looked happy at all with what he has seen in the first half and managed only five minutes before leaving his position at the back of the stand to go to the touchline.

Defensively, there have been a few shaky moments with Wimbledon finding space out wide on several occasions and it has taken some calm and composure from new boy Pontus Dahlberg to get Rovers out of jail a couple of times.

Much better is needed in the second half.

3.48pm That’s the break

One minute

44. Big penalty shout

Tiago Cukur appears to have been pulled down in the box looking to meet a cross. The referee is not having it.

Rovers pushed forward quickly through Matt Smith who squared inside, with the ball allowed to run through to Aidan Barlow who fired first time, only to see the effort blocked out for a corner.

They are slowly finding some cohesion.

There was real danger for Rovers as Ayoub Assal was released through one-on-one with Pontus Dahlberg, but the big Swede pulled off a superb save with his legs to keep the effort out.

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