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Corner from the left by-line taken by Don Cowie, David Button makes a save.
Unfair challenge on James Hayter by Mark Hudson results in a free kick. The referee books Mark Hudson for unsporting behaviour. Brian Stock restarts play with the free kick.
Filip Kiss replaces Joe Mason.
James Coppinger takes the outswinging corner, Billy Sharp produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Handball by Andrew Taylor. Direct free kick taken by James Coppinger.
Joe Mason is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Button.
Billy Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Kyle Bennett is brought on as a substitute for El-Hadji Diouf.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line to the near post.
Joe Mason gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye. David Button restarts play with the free kick.
Close range header by Billy Sharp misses to the right of the target.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save by David Button. Stephen McPhail gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Hayter. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hird.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by David Marshall.
Effort on goal by Habib Beye from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Darcy Blake challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darcy Blake goes into the book. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
Unfair challenge on Darcy Blake by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Button by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. David Button takes the free kick.
Stephen McPhail joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Ralls.
James Hayter concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Turner. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on James Coppinger.
Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hird. Free kick taken by David Button.
Foul by James Coppinger on Joe Ralls, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
James Hayter has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by David Marshall.
The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Indirect free kick taken by David Button.
Billy Sharp produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Shot from just outside the area by Don Cowie goes over the bar.
Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. David Button makes a save.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, Header by Tommy Spurr from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Habib Beye by Joe Mason results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Habib Beye.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Don Cowie, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Hird by Joe Mason. Direct free kick taken by David Button.
Unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
Corner taken right-footed by Peter Whittingham, save made by David Button. Shot from just outside the penalty area by Joe Ralls misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Hird on Joe Mason. Sam Hird is shown a yellow card. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
Shot by Kenny Miller from just outside the area goes over the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by James Coppinger. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Brian Stock fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Hird takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by James Hayter goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Joe Mason. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.
Kenny Miller takes a shot.
Joe Ralls concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hird. David Button takes the free kick.
Simon Gillett takes a shot. Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, David Marshall makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line played to the near post.
Shot from just outside the area by James Coppinger misses to the left of the target.
El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Don Cowie, the ref awards a free kick. David Button takes the free kick.
Don Cowie concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Brian Stock.
Header from close in by James Hayter misses to the right of the target.
James Hayter is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Tommy Spurr results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darcy Blake.
Foul by James Hayter on Andrew Taylor, free kick awarded. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Rovers set for Sharp boost
In-demand Doncaster striker Billy Sharp is set to return to the starting line-up when Dean Saunders' side chase their fourth consecutive npower Championship home win against Cardiff.
Sharp did not feature in last weekend's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Notts County and the 10-goal forward has been the subject of frenzied transfer speculation, with a number of clubs thought to be chasing his signature.
Leicester had an offer for the 25-year-old accepted this week before Doncaster responded by offering Sharp a lucrative new contract.
Defensive midfielder Damien Plessis finally received international clearance on his loan move from Panathinaikos on Wednesday and is available for selection along with Herold Goulon, who has shaken off a hamstring problem.
Saunders' midfield options could be further boosted by the returns of Martin Woods and John Oster, who appeared from the bench against Notts County following lengthy spells on the sidelines with respective groin and neck problems.
Rovers have mixed news in defence this week as Shelton Martis returns from a groin injury, but Pascal Chimbonda remains out due with his hip problem and George Friend is facing a month in the treatment room due to medial ligament damage.
Cardiff are set to be without striker Rudy Gestede.
Gestede missed the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday with an twisted ankle picked up during the FA Cup third-round clash with West Brom last weekend.
The Frenchman, who has struggled with a succession of injuries this term, is unlikely to be available to manager Malky Mackay in South Yorkshire.
Other than that, however, Mackay has no new concerns ahead of the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper David Marshall could be restored between the sticks after being rested for the two recent cup encounters, with Tom Heaton making way.
Resilient Rovers extend run
Relegation-threatened Doncaster extended their unbeaten run at home to five npower Championship matches but missed the chance for a crucial three points after dominating an off-colour Cardiff side in a 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers had the better of the play for the duration of the 90 minutes but despite creating a handful of chances in each half, they lacked the cutting edge to make them count.
Cardiff, meanwhile, looked far from the promotion-chasers their third-place position suggests and had just one real chance from a Doncaster error.
The game started scrappily, with neither side able to keep hold of the ball for long in the opening stages.
Cardiff's Kenny Miller did find some space to run at the Doncaster defence in the seventh minute but Tommy Spurr stood firm to retrieve possession in the area.
Doncaster's first chance came in the ninth minute, with Spurr's long throw taking an awkward bounce before reaching James Hayter, who headed wide of the far post.
Left-back Spurr was covering plenty of ground and almost fashioned a chance when he burst into the Cardiff box only to run the ball just over the goal-line
The hosts had started to set the pace by now and Simon Gillett was unlucky to see a first-time effort deflected out for a corner.
Cardiff were gifted a glorious chance by Brian Stock's misplaced pass in the 21st minute, but as Miller was set to pull the trigger Sam Hird made a fine saving tackle.
Hayter had two more chances before half-time, heading over from six yards and drilling wide from Billy Sharp's knock down.
The promotion-chasing Bluebirds had endured a torpid first period, though, with their attackers finding no way past the impressive Habib Beye at centre-half.
El-Hadji Diouf looked to have broken the deadlock just a minute after the interval, showing great close control to dribble into area and let fly from 12 yards.
But David Marshall got a firm hand to his shot and managed to make a smart save.
Hayter worked the goalkeeper again from 25 yards after good hold-up play from Sharp and the siege continued when Diouf's floated free-kick caused panic in the Cardiff area.
Beye got a touch across goal and the ball eventually found full-back James O'Connor, whose header went over the crossbar.
With just over half an hour left, City boss Malky Mackay swapped Joe Ralls for Stephen McPhail but despite the energy of Peter Whittingham in midfield, they continued to look listless.
Despite Doncaster's domination Sharp, who continues to be linked with Leicester, had not been on the end of one yet.
Belatedly, Rovers started to find the striker in the right areas. First O'Connor's cross just refused to settle for him and moments later he had a penalty appeal turned down.
Hayter played him in with a superb cushioned pass but although Sharp tumbled over the diving Marshall, a poor first touch meant he had already lost control of the ball.
Cardiff finally began to look livelier on the counter as the hosts pressed forward for a deserved victory in the last 10 minutes but neither side could snatch it.
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