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Doncaster Rovers 1-4 Coventry City

By Steve Carpenter Monday 17 December 2012 Updated: 17/12 17:01

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Doncaster Rovers 1-4 Coventry City

League One

Match report by Steve Carpenter

THE CHANTS of 'it's just like watching Brazil' echoed around the Keepmoat Stadium after the Sky Blues, in their yellow shirts and blue shorts, produced undoubtedly their best performance of the season to continue their march up the League One table.

Supporters were treated to another goal feast as Mark Robins' side displayed their full potential against promotion-chasing Doncaster.

It was the club's fourth successive away win which equals a club record set in 1963 and repeated in 1992.

And although David McGoldrick will grab the headlines once again with two more goals, the win was down to a fantastic team performance.

Richard Wood and William Edjenguele have formed a solid pairing in the heart of defence, James Bailey was superb in the centre of midfield again and Adam Barton will give the manager a selection headache when skipper Carl Baker is available after suspension for this weekend's visit by Preston.

It was the first time Coventry had worn their away strip and the Brazil effect kicked in after only three minutes when Franck Moussa hit a looping volley from just outside the area – a goal of real Brazilian quality.

Doncaster, second in the table before kick off, showed flashes of their threat going forward but Billy Paynter and Iain Hume had an off day in front of goal.

One player who is not struggling in front of goal is McGoldrick and the 24-year-old doubled the visitor's advantage on 26 minutes after glancing Blair Adams' cross past Doncaster goalkeeper Gary Woods.

McGoldrick perhaps could have wrapped up the win by half-time after being put through on goal by Adams minutes before half-time but his curling effort sailed just wide.

Robins' side picked up where they left off after the break and did manage to score a third when McGoldrick stabbed home a low cross from substitute Jordan Clarke shortly before the hour mark.

With the Sky Blues on top and enjoying their football, McSheffrey almost made it 4-0 but his free kick was tipped over the bar before the hosts pulled a goal back 14 minutes from time.

Paynter beat Joe Murphy with a header which struck the crossbar and Chris Brown was quickest to react to head in the rebound.

But the look of joy was immediately restored when a fine move involving McGoldrick and Bailey ended with Adam Barton curling an exquisite shot deep into the corner of the net to round off another fine afternoon.

Attendance: 6,623 (872 away)

Player ratings: Murphy 6, Adams 7, Christie 6, Wood 7, Edjenguele 8, Barton 7 (Thomas 90), Bailey 8, McSheffrey 7, Jennings 7, Moussa 6 (Clarke 49), McGoldrick 8

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