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27 February 2021 Venue Portman Road Attendance

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TOWN 2 DONCASTER 1

27 February 2021

Judge and Norwood strikes enough for Town

Blues made it back-to-wins after defeating Doncaster Rovers at Portman Road this afternoon.

A superb free-kick from Alan Judge and a poacher's finish from James Norwood saw Town claim all three points.

Jon Taylor pulled a goal back in the second-half for Donny, but Blues saw out the game.

Paul Lambert named an unchanged XI from Tuesday night’s victory away at Hull City. Flynn Downes was back amongst the substitutes after serving his two-match suspension.

The Town players wore black armbands this afternoon in honour of Stuart Taylor’s father, who sadly passed away this morning.

Josh Sims carved out the first opportunity of the match, after cutting in from the left, his low cross forced Tomas Holy into a smart save down low.

Keanan Bennetts picked up the ball just outside the area and shifted the ball onto his favoured left-foot, but his curling effort was gobbled up by Ellery Balacombe.

On 23 minutes, Teddy Bishop went on a trademark run from midfield before being brought down by Taylor Richards 25 yards out from goal. Judge stepped up and curled the free-kick beautifully into the corner of the net.

Blues almost doubled their advantage on the half hour mark. Myles Kenlock’s squared cross from inside the penalty area fell to the feet of Judge, but the Irishman’s strike from  was blocked behind by Tom Anderson.

Donny should’ve equalised on 35 minutes. Omar Bogle met Reece James’ deep cross at the far post, but Holy saved with his feet from Bogle’s low effort. The ball ricocheted out and Sims’ poked shot was blocked by Toto Nsiala.

Town started well after the restart and James Norwood almost added a second after Judge had crossed for him, but his effort was headed off the line by Joe Wright.

Norwood didn’t have to wait long for his next chance, and he made this one count. Bishop headed the ball back into the danger area, and Norwood pounced on a loose Doncaster header and poked the ball into the back of the net.

Donny worked the ball the down the left to Fejeri Okenhibere who crossed the ball into Bogle, but Luke Chambers got a vital toe in to turn the ball behind.

The visitors continued to search for a way back into the game. The ball fell kindly to Richards just inside the area and his low strike crashed of Holy’s near post, with the Czech stopper saving Jon Taylor’s rebound.

A minute later and Taylor got his team back into the contest as he drilled his strike into the bottom right corner from a tight angle.

Paul Lambert used all five substitutes after the restart to bring fresh legs into the game, and Blues did enough to secure the victory despite a late mistimed strike from Scott Robertson which Holy claimed.

Booked: Kenlock

Town: Holy, Chambers (C), Nsiala, Wilson, Kenlock, Dozzell (Downes 68), Bishop, Bennetts (Harrop 75), Parrott (Sears 80), Judge (Edwards 68), Norwood (Drinan 80).

Subs: Cornell, Ward.

Doncaster: Balcombe, Halliday, James, Anderson (C), Wright, Bogle, Okenabirhie (Lokilo 84), Smith (Robertson 58), Bostock, Richards (Coppinger 84), Sims.

Subs: Jones, Gomes, Taylor, John.

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