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  • Date: Sat 16 January 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Hall, A
  • Attendance: 10,504
Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers

Shiels (50)

Roberts (83)

2 - 1
Watford

Watford

Helguson (90)P

Doncaster Rovers vs Watford

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
Gareth Roberts
James Chambers
Jason Shackell (Sam Hird, 74)
Brian Stock (John Spicer, 78)
Mark Wilson
John Oster
James Coppinger (Byron Webster, 86)
Billy Sharp
Dean Shiels

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Lee Hodson (Liam Henderson, 86)
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie (Michael Bryan, 78)
Tom Cleverley
John Eustace
Danny Graham (Will Hoskins, 60)
Heidar Helguson

Match Report
Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll missed out on a midweek move to Burnley but saw his Rovers side play some Premier League football in a sparkling display as they beat Watford 2-1. Burnley opted for Brian Laws after failing to agree compensation for O'Driscoll and Doncaster celebrated holding on to their boss with some champagne soccer. The first threat came from Watford when James O'Connor blocked a volley from Lloyd Doyley in the second minute but it was all Rovers after that. Skipper Brian Stock returned to boss the midfield after four months out following an ankle operation and it needed some excellent goalkeeping from Scott Loach to keep Rovers out. Loach did well to save at full stretch from James Coppinger in the third minute before Dean Shiels hit a great chance wide a minute later. Loach came to the rescue again with a fingertip save when Shiels tried to curl the ball home in the 11th minute before Don Cowie relieved the pressure with a shot which was comfortably held by Neil Sullivan. Doncaster should have been in front as half-time approached but the visitors goal continued to lead a charmed life with Loach tipping a clever shot from Coppinger over the bar before making a splendid save to deny Billy Sharp. Doncaster made the breakthrough five minutes after the interval when Shiels latched onto a cheeky back-heel from Coppinger and twisted past a defender before rattling home a low shot. Watford had hardly been in the game as an attacking force but suddenly came out of their shell with Heidar Helguson having a header saved before substitute Will Hoskins went close in the 73rd minute. Rovers increased their lead seven minutes from time with a screaming 20-yard volley from left-back Gareth Roberts - but Watford battled to the finish with Helguson unlucky to hit the crossbar. They were rewarded with a consolation goal when Helguson scored from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage time after Sam Hird had brought down Hoskins.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Goal
 

Heidar Helguson takes a penalty for Watford and scores!.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Henri Lansbury.

86
Substitution
 

James Coppinger is replaced by Byron Webster.

86
Substitution
 

Lee Hodson is being taken off, Liam Henderson has come on in his place.

86
Yellow Card
 

Tom Cleverley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83
Goal
 

Goal!! Gareth Roberts scores for Doncaster.

78
Substitution
 

Brian Stock is replaced by John Spicer.

78
Substitution
 

Don Cowie is being taken off, Michael Bryan has come on in his place.

74
Substitution
 

Jason Shackell is replaced by Sam Hird.

60
Substitution
 

Danny Graham is being taken off, Will Hoskins has come on in his place.

50
Goal
 

Goal!! Doncaster have scored with Dean Shiels putting it in the back of the net.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by A Hall

45
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Mark Wilson.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Doncaster face Watford at 3pm on Saturday, January 16th.