Doncaster Rovers 0 – 0 Charlton Athletic: Desperate Donny edge closer to the drop

Written by Liam O'Connor

Doncaster Rovers’ survival hopes took another hit on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat to a dominant Charlton.

Donny did well to keep the Addicks at bay for most of the game, but Jayden Stockley’s strike proved the difference.

Jonathan Mitchell impressed in goal for Rovers with a number of first-half stops including a Conor Washington penalty.

Johnnie Jackson’s side dominated the majority of the game and could have been ahead in the 14th minute when Kyle Knoyle brought down Corey Blackett-Taylor in the box, only for Mitchell to save well.

Mitchell was called into action again before the break, denying both Stockley and Washington.

Rovers found openings hard to come by, with a Matt Smith strike and a blocked volley from Ben Jackson their only efforts of note.

Charlton finally made their dominance pay in the 66th minute, as Blackett-Taylor cut the ball back for Stockley to find the far corner.

Tommy Rowe almost snatched an undeserved equaliser at the death, but his drilled effort was saved by Craig MacGillivray.

Doncaster remain in 23rd, four points from safety having played two games more than Fleetwood in 20th.

Donny manager Gary McSheffrey admitted survival will be an uphill battle but that Rovers will keep fighting.

He said: “Ultimately it’s not mathematically done so we have to keep positive and try to believe we can win the next game.

“I can’t sit here and be negative. We won’t accept it until the proof is in the pudding.

“We will keep fighting until it does.”

Up next for Rovers is a trip to London to face play-off hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers.

Written by Liam O'Connor

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