• Date: Sat 27 February 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Swarbrick, N
  • Attendance: 9,779
Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers

Coppinger (37)

1 - 1
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Djilali (67)

Doncaster Rovers vs Crystal Palace

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
Gareth Roberts
James Chambers
Sam Hird
Elliott Ward
Mark Wilson (Dean Shiels, 90)
John Oster (Jordon Mutch, 83)
James Coppinger
Billy Sharp
James Hayter (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, 76)

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Clint Hill
Matt Lawrence
Danny Butterfield
Claude Davis (Lee Hills, 6)
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Nick Carle
Kieran Djilali (Calvin Andrew, 90)
Alan Lee

Match Report
Crystal Palace fought back to earn a valuable point from a 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers in what could be Neil Warnock's last match in charge. Warnock has been linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers and his team played like a side that felt sorry for themselves at the start. Doncaster gave them the run around in the first half and should have been three or four goals up at the interval. But they had to make do with a 37th-minute thunderbolt from James Coppinger after failing to make the most of a series of chances. Rovers dominated the first period and peppered the Palace goal largely without success. Billy Sharp headed a cross from Coppinger wide in the fourth minute and James Hayter fired a fierce low shot which was saved at the near post by Julian Speroni soon after. The one-way traffic continued with Doncaster twice getting the ball in the net only to have both efforts disallowed before Coppinger fired them in front in the 37th minute. The diminutive winger latched onto a short pass before lashing home a left-foot shot into the roof of the net from just inside the box. Alan Lee and Kieran Djilali both had efforts cleared off the line as Palace tried to hit back but they were fortunate not to go further behind when Speroni made a fine save to deny Sharp early in the second half. Doncaster sat back after that giving Palace all the encouragement they needed and they were punished by an equaliser in the 67th minute. Darren Ambrose raced through on the left and turned defender James O'Connor inside out before crossing to the far post where Djilali fired home unchallenged. Doncaster rallied but left their effort too late although Palace were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Matt Lawrence brought down substitute Jordon Mutch deep into stoppage time.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Substitution
 

Kieran Djilali is replaced by Calvin Andrew.

90
Substitution
 

Mark Wilson is being taken off, Dean Shiels has come on in his place.

83
Substitution
 

John Oster is being taken off, Jordon Mutch has come on in his place.

80
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Alan Lee.

80
Yellow Card
 

Elliott Ward goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

76
Substitution
 

James Hayter is replaced by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

75
Yellow Card
 

Nathaniel Clyne goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

69
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Clint Hill.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! Kieran Djilali scores for Crystal Palace.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by N Swarbrick

37
Goal
 

Goal!! Doncaster have scored with James Coppinger putting it in the back of the net.

6
Substitution
 

Claude Davis is being taken off, Lee Hills has come on in his place.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Doncaster face Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday, February 27th.