• Date: Sat 13 February 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Penn, A
  • Attendance: 12,768

Doncaster Rovers vs Nottingham Forest

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
James Chambers
Jason Shackell (Sam Hird, 15)
Shelton Martis (Mustapha Dumbuya, 71)
Brian Stock
Mark Wilson
John Oster (Jordon Mutch, 90)
James Coppinger
Billy Sharp
James Hayter

Nottingham Forest

Lee Camp
James Perch
Wes Morgan
Kelvin Wilson
Chris Gunter
Lewis McGugan (Garath McCleary, 54)
Chris Cohen
Paul McKenna
Radoslaw Majewski (David McGoldrick, 59)
Dele Adebola
Nathan Tyson (Dexter Blackstock, 71)

Match Report
A first-half strike from Billy Sharp gave Doncaster their first win in six games after a pulsating 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. It was Forest's fourth successive away defeat and they had substitute Garath McCleary sent off to add to their misery. McCleary was harshly shown the red card seven minutes from time following an innocuous looking challenge on John Oster. Billy Davies' men were full of commitment but it was not enough against an inspired Doncaster side, who shrugged off a couple of injury problems to clinch a deserved win. Rovers made an excellent start in an end-to-end first half played at break-neck speed. They stamped their authority in midfield with skipper Brian Stock in splendid form and supported by the skilful Oster and James Coppinger. Stock and Coppinger combined to set up a chance for Sharp in the fourth minute but he was denied at the expense of a corner. Sharp twice went close again before Doncaster suffered a blow when defender Jason Shackell limped off injured after only 15 minutes. But they recovered to maintain the pressure and Sharp made the breakthrough in the 31st minute when he headed home a cross from James Chambers. Forest should have had a penalty when Chris Gunter appeared to be fouled by Mark Wilson and they missed a great chance to level the scores just before half-time. Chris Cohen sent Nathan Tyson racing clean through but home keeper Neil Sullivan came to the rescue with a brilliant reflex save. Forest battled hard to try and get back in the game but Doncaster held firm at the back despite another injury blow when central defender Shelton Martis hobbled off 20 minutes from time. McCleary and and Dele Adebola missed chances for Forest before McCleary's red card left the away team with a mountain to climb. They never looked like fighting back after that and Rovers held on comfortably to dent Forest's automatic promotion hopes.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.


John Oster is replaced by Jordon Mutch.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked James Chambers.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Garath McCleary has been sent off.


Nathan Tyson is being taken off, Dexter Blackstock has come on in his place.


Shelton Martis is replaced by Mustapha Dumbuya.


Radoslaw Majewski is being taken off, David McGoldrick has come on in his place.


Lewis McGugan is being taken off, Garath McCleary has come on in his place.

Second half

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

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Radoslaw Majewski.


Goal!! Billy Sharp scores for Doncaster.


Jason Shackell is replaced by Sam Hird.


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

Awaiting Kickoff

Doncaster face Nottm Forest at 3pm on Saturday, February 13th.