• Date: Sat 20 March 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Moss, J
  • Attendance: 13,026
1 - 1

Doncaster Rovers vs Sheffield United

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
Gareth Roberts
James Chambers
Shelton Martis
Mark Wilson
John Oster
Martin Woods, M (Sam Hird, 85)
James Coppinger (Jordon Mutch, 89)
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Dean Shiels, 78)
James Hayter

Sheffield United

Steve Simonsen
Nyron Nosworthy
Jordan Stewart
Marcel Seip (Kyle Bartley, 59)
Paul Connolly
Nick Montgomery
Mark Yeates (Glen Little, 46)
James Harper
Stephen Quinn
Richard Cresswell
Henri Camara (Andy Taylor, 72)

Match Report
An 88th-minute goal from midfield ace James Harper salvaged a point for Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers as the Blades ended their seven-match losing streak away from home. But Doncaster were left kicking themselves because they should have had the points sewn up and only had themselves to blame for not leap-frogging above their opponents in the table. Rovers made a whirlwind start and dominated for large periods of the first half after snatching the lead in the fifth minute. James Hayter rammed home from close range after good work from John Oster and James Coppinger but Rovers went on to miss a couple of golden opportunities to put the game out of sight. Shelton Martis fired wide from only two yards out after latching on to a cross from Oster in the 16th minute and Hayter headed wide at an open goal five minutes later. United's only first-half threat came from tricky winger Henri Camara who delivered a raking cross in the 13th minute which should have led to a goal but Richard Cresswell just failed to connect with a diving header attempt at the far post. Hayter had another fierce effort tipped around the post by on-loan keeper Steve Simonsen and Doncaster continued to force the pace at the start of the second half. Coppinger had a goal-bound shot blocked after cutting inside in the 53rd minute and Martin Woods saw a cracking 20-yarder tipped around the post by Simonsen 15 minutes later. But the home side began to look nervous when United started to press forward and the Blades were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Martis appeared to push Cresswell in the back. Rovers seemed to have weathered the storm but United's persistence was rewarded when Harper scored with a deflected shot from just inside the box two minutes from time. Rovers still had a chance to pinch a winner in the third minute of stoppage time but Hayter blazed high over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Yellow Card
 

Jordon Mutch goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

89
Substitution
 

Doncaster are replacing James Coppinger with Jordon Mutch.

88
Goal
 

Goal!! Sheff Utd have scored with James Harper putting it in the back of the net.

85
Substitution
 

Martin Woods is replaced by Sam Hird.

78
Substitution
 

Doncaster are replacing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with Dean Shiels.

72
Substitution
 

Sheff Utd are replacing Stephen Quinn with Andy Taylor.

68
Yellow Card
 

Henri Camara goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

59
Substitution
 

Marcel Seip is replaced by Kyle Bartley.

Second half
 

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

46
Substitution
 

Sheff Utd are replacing Mark Yeates with Glen Little.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by J Moss

5
Goal
 

Goal!! James Hayter scores for Doncaster.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Doncaster face Sheff Utd at 3pm on Saturday, March 20th.