Billy Sharp scored twice against his former club as Doncaster came from behind to beat derby rivals Scunthorpe.
Martyn Woolford headed the hosts in front from Eddie Nolan's cross but Sharp's clinical finish after John Oster's clever pass drew Rovers level.
Sharp then fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after being fouled by Rob Jones.
James O'Connor headed home a third from James Coppinger's cross as Iron's winless run extended to six matches.
By contrast, the result underlined Doncaster's play-off pedigree as they dominated the second period and had several chances to extend their lead.
Scunthorpe had begun brightly and led after 11 minutes when left-back Nolan swung in a superb cross and Woolford rose highest at the far post to send a fine header into the net.
Two minutes later, the hosts almost scored again with a carbon copy of their opener when another deep cross from Nolan was nodded just wide by Woolford.
Michael Collins then twice went close in quick succession with a couple of fierce drives as Doncaster struggled to keep their hosts at bay.
But they fashioned an equaliser out of nowhere in the 31st minute when Oster chipped a delightful pass over the Scunthorpe defence and Jones misjudged the ball, allowing Sharp to gather possession and strike a sweet right-foot shot into the net from 12 yards out.
Doncaster grew in confidence and could have taken the lead before half-time but Coppinger blazed wildly over the crossbar from just eight yards out.
Shortly after the restart, Dagnall spurned a golden opportunity to put Scunthorpe back in front when he volleyed the ball into the ground and saw it bounce up and smack the crossbar before the danger was cleared.
The hosts were left to rue the miss in the 59th minute when Sam Hird's long pass was missed by Nolan and Sharp latched on to the ball before being floored by Jones' clumsy challenge.
Sharp picked himself to fire home right-footed and Rovers' win was sealed when O'Connor headed home a third from Coppinger's cross 18 minutes from time.
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Saturday, 16 October 2010
Sharp (pen) 59
05 Jones yellow card
04 Togwell (O'Connor 73)
18 Collins (Grant 85)
14 Forte (Thompson 67)
32 Cowan Hall,
03 Friend (Hird 18)
11 Lockwood yellow card
16 Oster (Stock 84)
18 Gillett (Wilson 88)
Ref: OliverAtt: 7,005
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:33 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+2:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cliff Byrne on Martin Woods. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Martin Woods, Michael
O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
90:00+2:11 Corner taken short by Martin Woods.
90:00+2:04 Martin Woods produces a cross, clearance made by Eddie Nolan.
90:00+1:46 Corner taken short by Martin Woods.
90:00+1:35 Effort on goal by Mustapha Dumbuya from 12 yards. Fantastic save by Joe Murphy.
90:00+0:58 The ball is sent over by Michael O'Connor, clearance by Adam Lockwood.
90:00+0:22 The referee gives a free kick against Martyn Woolford for handball. Free kick taken by Martin Woods.
89:43 Garry Thompson takes a shot from 12 yards.
88:50 Effort from outside the penalty box by Martin Woods goes wide left of the goal.
88:40 Centre by Mustapha Dumbuya, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.
88:27 Josh Wright handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Martin Woods takes the indirect free kick.
87:38 Substitution Mark Wilson replaces Simon Gillett.
87:27 The ball is delivered by Martyn Woolford.
86:22 Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
85:34 The ball is delivered by Eddie Nolan, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
84:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Hayter on Cliff Byrne. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
84:47 Substitution Bobby Grant comes on in place of Michael Collins.
83:14 Substitution John Oster goes off and Brian Stock comes on.
82:31 Billy Sharp is ruled offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
81:08 Martin Woods takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Simon Gillett takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.
80:54 Shot by James Coppinger. Brilliant save by Joe Murphy.
80:22 Centre by Michael Collins, Header from deep inside the area by Garry Thompson goes over the bar.
79:46 Simon Gillett handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Josh Wright takes the direct free kick.
77:30 Inswinging corner taken by Josh Wright from the left by-line, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.
77:16 Effort from 12 yards by Chris Dagnall. Blocked by Sam Hird.
76:46 Billy Sharp takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.
76:09 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Woods, clearance by Michael O'Connor.
75:43 Billy Sharp delivers the ball, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.
75:07 Billy Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
74:33 Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
74:10 Effort from 25 yards by Martin Woods. David Mirfin gets a block in.
72:35 Michael O'Connor takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by James Hayter.
72:07 Substitution Michael O'Connor comes on in place of Sam Togwell.
71:08 James Coppinger provided the assist for the goal.
71:08 GOAL - James O'Connor:Scunthorpe 1 - 3 Doncaster James O'Connor grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Scunthorpe 1-3 Doncaster.
69:53 Garry Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lockwood. Adam Lockwood takes the direct free kick.
69:24 The official flags Chris Dagnall offside. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.
68:10 Billy Sharp is caught offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
66:22 Substitution Garry Thompson comes on in place of Jonathan Forte.
66:05 Shot from just outside the box by Jonathan Forte goes over the crossbar.
65:25 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Woods.
63:50 James O'Connor produces a cross.
62:42 The ball is sent over by Billy Sharp.
61:15 Martin Woods takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
61:09 John Oster delivers the ball, Rob Jones makes a clearance.
60:48 Shot from 12 yards by Billy Sharp. Rob Jones gets a block in.
59:30 Rob Jones challenges Billy Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Oster.
58:31 Rob Jones concedes a Penalty for a foul on Billy Sharp.
58:31 GOAL - Billy Sharp:Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Doncaster Billy Sharp scores a penalty. Scunthorpe 1-2 Doncaster.
57:55 Booking Rob Jones receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
57:16 Chris Dagnall challenges Adam Lockwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Lockwood takes the free kick.
56:40 Billy Sharp challenges Rob Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
56:05 Martin Woods takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
55:02 Foul by Sam Hird on Michael Collins, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
54:43 The ball is swung over by James Coppinger.
53:56 The ball is swung over by Chris Dagnall.
53:16 Jonathan Forte has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
51:36 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte by Mustapha Dumbuya results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Martyn Woolford,
Chris Dagnall takes a shot.
50:55 Simon Gillett has a mishit shot and went wide left of the goal.
50:22 Jonathan Forte concedes a free kick for a foul on Mustapha Dumbuya. Direct free kick taken by Martin Woods.
47:55 Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Billy Sharp results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Mirfin.
45:59 Jonathan Forte produces a cross, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:12 It is the end of the first-half.
44:21 Corner taken by Martin Woods from the right by-line to the near post, David Mirfin makes a clearance.
44:13 James Coppinger produces a cross, clearance by Rob Jones.
43:06 Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Lockwood.
40:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Simon Gillett. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
40:06 The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Sam Hird takes the indirect free kick.
39:02 Effort on goal by James Coppinger from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
38:38 Short corner taken by John Oster from the right by-line.
37:45 Unfair challenge on James O'Connor by David Mirfin results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Martin
Woods, Josh Wright makes a clearance.
36:40 Chris Dagnall is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
36:21 Shot by Martyn Woolford. Blocked by Adam Lockwood.
36:11 The ball is crossed by Simon Gillett, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.
33:53 Josh Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger. Free kick taken by Sam Hird.
32:20 Effort from just outside the box by Jonathan Forte goes over the bar.
30:47 Assist on the goal came from John Oster.
30:47 GOAL - Billy Sharp:Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Doncaster Billy Sharp fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-1 Doncaster.
30:07 The ball is crossed by Martyn Woolford.
28:52 Chris Dagnall concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hird. Direct free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
27:11 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Josh Wright.
26:54 Effort from 25 yards by Michael Collins. Adam Lockwood gets a block in.
26:06 The ball is delivered by Mustapha Dumbuya.
24:39 Rob Jones is caught offside. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
23:21 Adam Lockwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Dagnall. Free kick taken by Josh Wright.
23:21 Booking The referee shows Adam Lockwood a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
20:08 The ball is crossed by James Coppinger, Billy Sharp takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.
19:37 Simon Gillett has a drilled shot. Josh Wright gets a block in.
18:13 Josh Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Woods. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hird.
17:39 Martin Woods has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
17:10 Substitution Sam Hird on for George Friend.
16:31 Michael Collins challenges Billy Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Martin
Woods from left channel.
14:06 Jonathan Forte is caught offside. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the indirect free kick.
12:11 Centre by Eddie Nolan, Header by Martyn Woolford from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
11:37 Simon Gillett concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Togwell. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.
10:27 Assist on the goal came from Eddie Nolan.
10:27 GOAL - Martyn Woolford:Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Doncaster Martyn Woolford scores a headed goal from inside the box. Scunthorpe 1-0 Doncaster.
10:06 The referee blows for offside. David Mirfin takes the indirect free kick.
9:02 Martin Woods sends in a cross.
8:15 James Coppinger produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Sam Togwell gets a block in.
7:21 James Hayter fouled by David Mirfin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Friend.
6:51 Josh Wright delivers the ball.
4:54 Jonathan Forte has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
3:00 Simon Gillett has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
2:11 Foul by Martin Woods on Jonathan Forte, free kick awarded. Cliff Byrne restarts play with the free kick.
1:28 Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
0:37 The referee blows for offside. James O'Connor restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The match has kicked off.
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