• Date: Sat 10 April 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Linington, J
  • Attendance: 12,708
Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers

Emmanuel-Thomas (47)

Hayter (85)

2 - 3
West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Dorrans (31)

Brunt (45)

Bednar (73)

Doncaster Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
Gareth Roberts
James Chambers (Adam Lockwood, 79)
Shelton Martis
Jordon Mutch (Dean Shiels, 79)
James Hayter
Mark Wilson
John Oster
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Paul Heffernan (Waide Fairhurst, 79)

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Jonas Olsson
Marek Cech
Gabriel Tamas
Steven Reid
Robert Koren
Chris Brunt
Graham Dorrans
Youssouf Mulumbu
Roman Bednar (Ishmael Miller, 77)
Simon Cox (Giles Barnes, 64)

Match Report
West Bromwich Albion clinched automatic promotion and an immediate return to the Premier League but were made to battle all the way before securing a 3-2 victory at Doncaster Rovers. Rovers edged an entertaining game after gaining an early grip in midfield but struggled to round off their excellent approach play in front of goal. Nothing could stop the Albion promotion bandwagon and they cashed in on their chances before holding on resolutely when Doncaster staged a grandstand finish. John Oster was behind almost all Doncaster's attacking moves as the home side bossed the game in midfield from the start. The former Everton midfield ace was just wide with a 25-yard effort in the fifth minute, before producing a superb through ball a minute later which led to James Hayter having a left-foot shot tipped over the bar. It was an absorbing game between two slick passing sides, but Doncaster had a definite edge and another splendid ball from Oster led to a great chance for Jordon Mutch, but he had the ball snatched off his toes as he was about to shoot. West Brom had not had a shot on target or forced a single corner when they snatched the lead against the run of play in the 30th minute. Top scorer Graham Dorrans slammed home his 18th goal of the season with a terrific shot direct from a free-kick just outside the box. Oster fired just over the bar before Shelton Martis missed a great chance to equalise with only the keeper to beat following a free-kick on the stoke of half-time. Rovers were rocked again when Chris Brunt added a second in first-half stoppage time, easily beating home keeper Neil Sullivan after James Chambers had headed the ball to him. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas latched on to a pass from Oster to pull one back straight after the interval as Doncaster battled all the way. But West Brom scored again in the 73rd minute when Roman Bednar blasted home at the far post following another mistake from Chambers. The home side never gave up the fight and Hayter headed home in the 85th minute to set up a dramatic finish. But the visitors held on under heavy pressure with the jubilant away fans charging on to the pitch to celebrate with the players at the final whistle.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.


Goal!! James Hayter scores for Doncaster.


Paul Heffernan is replaced by Waide Fairhurst.


Doncaster are replacing James Chambers with Adam Lockwood.


Jordon Mutch is being taken off, Dean Shiels has come on in his place.


West Brom are replacing Roman Bednar with Ishmael Miller.


Goal!! Roman Bednar scores for West Brom.


Simon Cox is replaced by Giles Barnes.


Goal!! Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scores for Doncaster.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 2.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by J Linington


Goal!! Chris Brunt scores for West Brom.

Yellow Card

Shelton Martis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Graham Dorrans scores for West Brom.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Steven Reid.


It's 3pm on Saturday, April 10th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Doncaster face West Brom at 3pm on Saturday, April 10th.