Charlton surrendered three points to a relegation rival at Doncaster tonight.
Charlton lined up with a 4-4-2 formation at the Keepmoat Stadium, with Yann Kermorgant back in the team and Dale Stephens with a strapped right wrist included despite reports of a move to Brighton. Cedric Evina played on the left side of midfield, having recovered from a knock at Huddersfield.
Jackson tried an early shot from distance, but it went wide of the target with the 448 Addicks behind Turnbull’s goal in a crowd of 7,289. Lennon stood up well and avoided giving away a free kick as Coppinger threatened.
Church threatened, but Meite defended well. Coppinger put in a decent ball but Alnwick claimed as Sharp threatened. Sharp looked dangerous after Jackson under hit a back pass, but Dervitte dealt with it well. They threatened again, but this time Morrison came to Charlton’s aid. Alnwick was eventually able to make a confident claim of the ball.
Sharp won the first corner for Doncaster off Morrison. The corner was headed clear by Cousins. Alnwick managed to push the ball clear from the throw in.
Doncaster were causing trouble down the right for Lennon and won another corner which was unproductive. After a Jackson free kick, Lawrie Wilson won a corner. Doncaster counter attacked.
Charlton were possibly defending too deep and allowing Doncaster to get their full backs forward. Johnnie Jackson had to clear the ball on the line. Then the ball was bundled in by Meite from very close range and Doncaster Rovers took the lead on 26 minutes.
Coppinger won a free kick off Dervitte in a potentially dangerous position. It came off Lennon for a corner which was won in the air by Dervitte.
Lawrie Wilson was sent off for a professional foul, the referee not having a choice, and Doncaster were given a penalty. Brown sent Alnwick the wrong way to make it 2-0 on 36 minutes. Evina went to left back and Morrison to right back with Jordan in the middle alongside Dervitte. Chris Powell looked pensive.
The ball floated into the box, but Dervitte got it clear. Wellens was unhappy with a challenge from Jackson. A shot went in from Coppinger which might have crept in, but Alnwick saved it. Almost immediately he had to make another good save from Sharp.
HT: Donny 2 , Addicks 0
Richard Wood was brought on for Evina. Simon Church was playing on the right of midfield. Alnwick punched a free kick clear. Morrison defended well against Brown and got the ball away from danger.
Doncaster won their fourth corner of the game. Wood had a false tooth knocked out and he gave it to the physio. It was a dangerous one and Alnwick had to tip the ball over the top at the expense of another corner which was headed clear by Kermorgant.
Cousins, who was battling away, picked out Church who got a shot away which went over the top. An effort from Duffy after a spell of possession football by Donny was claimed by Alnwick.
Duffy scored the third goal, putting the ball into the bottom corner. He had his back to the goal when he received the ball and had plenty of time to turn. It was far too easy for him.
Coppinger was charged down by Lennon as Donny threatened after no free kick was given when Dervitte was fouled. Husband floated in a free kick and Dervitte had to concede a corner. Charlton were given a free kick for a foul.
Alnwick saved a Duffy free kick comfortably. Fouls against Kermorgant and Jackson were ignored by the referee. Church was taken off and Harriott came on. Donny looked as if they were going to score their fourth, but Dervitte defended well. Donny made a double substitution.
Stephens, who had been booked was taken off, and ‘Astrid’ came on. Donny had a couple of more efforts on goal which were not far off target. Doncaster hit the bar from 35 yards out in stoppage time.
It was seven points from nine for Doncaster while there were no positives to take from the Charlton performance. It will be a dilemma who to play at right back on Saturday.