RECAP: Sunderland 4 Doncaster Rovers 1: Horror afternoon in north east as Moore's men slump to heavy defeat
Three goals inside the first half hour saw Doncaster Rovers blitzed out of sight by promotion rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Charlie Wyke netted all three to set Sunderland on their way and while an own goal gave Rovers a lifeline in the second half, they immediately conceded again, with Wyke on target to ensure there was to be no dramatic comeback.
Recap the events of a sorry afternoon for Rover below.
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LIVE: Sunderland 4 Doncaster Rovers 1
Last updated: Saturday, 13 February, 2021, 16:51
GOALS: Wyke (7, 12, 31, 54), Burge o.g. (53)
Jon Taylor missed a penalty for Rovers
SUNDERLAND: Burge; McLaughlin (Leadbitter 61), Sanderson, Wright, McFadzean: O'Nien (Diamond 76), Scowen, Power; Gooch (O'Brien 77), McGeady (Jones 82), Wyke. Subs: Matthews, Neil, Vokins.
ROVERS: Balcombe; Halliday, Wright, Butler, John (Sims 55); Smith, Gomes (Bostock 46); Taylor (Lokilo 72), Richards (Robertson 72), James; Bogle. Subs: Jones, Greaves, Okenabirhie.
REF: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire)
4.49 All over
And it's back to back league defeat for Rovers for the first time since October.
If you can call that Rovers because it was pretty much unrecognisable from the performances we have come to expect from Darren Moore's side.
Poor defending and a lack of quality on the ball did for them in the first half and seconds after giving themselves the slightest glimmer of hope they conceded again to end the afternoon.
Arguably the worst defeat and all round performance of the Moore era.
90min Added time
Three minutes that absolutely no one asked for
88min SAVED - AGAIN
Pretty much summing up the afternoon, Jason Lokilo sees his penalty saved after stuttering his run.
88min PENALTY TO ROVERS
Jason Lokilo is brought down in the box. He is going to take it.
As these things go, Rovers are playing their best football of the afternoon as they find themselves in a pretty hopeless position. They've actually moved the ball quite well since conceding the fourth.
John Bostock smashes a low effort wide from the edge of the box
72min Double change
Jason Lokilo and Scott Robertson replace Jon Taylor and Taylor Richards
Omar Bogle intercepts the ball in the middle of the park and charges forward before drilling a low effort narrowly wide from 20 yards. The keeper was confident it was going wide but it wasn't far off.
Taylor smashes the penalty hard and low down the middle and Lee Burge saves with his legs.