Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Blackburn Rovers FT

Doncaster Rovers' Theo Robinson on the attack against Blackburn Rovers.
Doncaster Rovers' Theo Robinson on the attack against Blackburn Rovers.

New signing Theo Robinson repaid Doncaster Rovers’ faith in him tonight by scoring the opening goal against Blackburn Rovers at the Keepmoat.

Captured for around £150,000 from Derby County, the Birmingham-born Jamaican international helped the South Yorkshire side to their first league win of the Championship season.

He scored with a first half header to set Rovers on track, before James Husband scored a fortunate cross-cum-shot second to settle the game.

Donny had previously endured a lousy record against their Roses rivals, winning only one of their 19 matches.

In fact that single conquest was back in August 1951...when George VI was on the throne!

Rovers were outgunned 3-1 at home to Blackpool in the league curtain-raiser. But Chris Brown almost put them ahead inside the first 10 minutes with an effort just wide.

Ex Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday full back Tommy Spurr was booked soon after.

David Cotterill and Brown, again, fashioned further chances. Then Robinson forced a save from Jake Kean.

The Keepmoat side weren’t having it all their own way and Jordan Rhodes came close to breaking the deadlock with a shot whistling past the left-hand upright.

But Donny took the lead on 38 minutes through their new boy Robinson, a front post header from full back Husband’s free kick.

Judging by his chest-thumping celebration, he clearly enjoyed his debut goal!

And the home fans were off their seats in the 59th minute when Husband’s deep cross eluded Kean and sailed into the back of the net from some distance.

The Lancashire visitors needed some inspiration and they almost found it with a header from substitute Leon Best, but Ross Turnbull extinguished the danger.

Robinson, a hero of the night, went off to a standing ovation in the 78th minute.

Rhodes then set up Dubliner Alan Judge but his effort cleared the bar - taking Blackburn’s chances of getting back into the game with it.

In truth, the visitors had barely given Turnbull a thing to do all night.

Doncaster: Turnbull, Husband, Jones, Khumalo, Wabara, Keegan, Wellens, Coppinger, Cotterill, Brown, Robinson.

Blackburn: Kean, Kane, Spurr, G Hanley, Dann, Lowe, Dunn, Taylor, Judge, Rhodes Cairney.

Substitutes Eastwood, Morris, Givet, Marrow, Evans, King, Best.

Subs: Maxted, Duffy, Paynter, Quinn, McCullough, Syers, Bennett.

Look out for Paul Goodwin’s analysis in tomorrow’s Star.