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.

By Liam Hoden
Saturday, 13th February 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th February 2021, 4:54 pm
Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers

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.

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Recap the events of a sorry afternoon for Rover below.

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Last updated: Saturday, 13 February, 2021, 16:02

56min PENALTY TO ROVERS

There appeared to be a handball in there somewhere from Luke O'Nien in a bit of a scramble. Sunderland are furious but Rovers have a chance to claw the gap back once more.

Jon Taylor will take it.

Josh Sims replaces Cameron John. Reece James goes to left back

Well, that was short lived wasn't it.

Charlie Wyke restores Sunderland's three goal advantage.

Yet another free header for the big man. He put it straight at Balcombe but it scuffed off the head of Cameron John and looped over the keeper.

As you were.

53min GGGOOOAAALLLLL!!! ROVERS!

An own goal gives Rovers the faintest glimmer of a lifeline! They couldn't. Could they?

More good build-up play from Rovers sees Brad Halliday drill a low ball into the box which Taylor Richards side foot first time only for the ball to come back off the post, hit the keeper and bounce in.

Calamitous but they all count.

Some actual decent build-up play from Rovers put them in a good position.

Working down the left

John Bostock is on for Madger Gomes for Rovers

3.50pm Disastrous half from Rovers

Three headed goals from Charlie Wyke getting on the end of three Aiden McGeady crosses - and that spells disaster for Rovers in the opening half hour of this game.

After a promising opening few minutes when it appeared we were set for a wide open game, Wyke put Sunderland ahead and the hosts have rarely let their grip on the game slip since.

Worrying from after Wyke's first goal of the afternoon was the fact that Rovers struggled to get on the ball and create anything meaningful.

Their task only increased when Wyke doubled the tally but it sparked a brighter period from Rovers when they mounted a string of attacks, without truly testing Lee Burge in the Sunderland goal.

That period was halted with another goal from Wyke and the wind well and truly went out of Rovers' sails at that point.

All three goals contained questionable defending, particularly the second two where Wyke had little trouble getting through to meet the ball.

And there has been a lack of movement in the middle of the park when Rovers have had the ball to see them truly mount pressure.

Changes in the second half seem inevitable and needed. Right now this looks like being a sorry afternoon indeed for Rovers.

3.47 That’s the break

Two minutes

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