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Corner taken by Giles Barnes, George Friend takes a shot.
The ball is swung over by Giles Barnes, Joe Bennett gets a block in.
Header from close range by Richard Naylor misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Friend by Barry Robson. Simon Gillett restarts play with the free kick.
Header by Shelton Martis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Herita Ilunga concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from right wing, Giles Barnes manages to make a clearance.
Merouane Zemmama is brought on as a substitute for Marvin Emnes.
Barry Robson produces a cross, Pascal Chimbonda gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, Shelton Martis makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Scott McDonald goes over the bar.
Giles Barnes has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Barry Robson challenges Richard Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
Shot from outside the penalty box by George Friend goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by James Coppinger results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
Herita Ilunga produces a cross.
James Coppinger takes a shot. Matthew Bates gets a block in.
Kyle Bennett has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target. Giles Barnes replaces El-Hadji Diouf.
Nicky Bailey goes off and Julio Arca comes on.
George Friend produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Nicky Bailey fouled by Shelton Martis, the ref awards a free kick. The referee books Nicky Bailey for dissent. The referee books Pascal Chimbonda for dissent. Free kick crossed by Barry Robson, save by Neil Sullivan.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save. Pascal Chimbonda concedes a Penalty for a foul on Tony McMahon. Placed penalty scored by Barry Robson. Doncaster 1-3 Middlesbrough.Tony McMahon provided the assist for the goal.
Shelton Martis concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Steele. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Jason Steele.
Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.
(Doncaster) makes a substitution, with James Coppinger coming on for Ryan Mason. Kyle Bennett on for James Hayter.
Corner taken by Ryan Mason played to the near post, clearance made by Marvin Emnes.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. George Friend takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by James Hayter results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Faris Haroun produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
The ball is sent over by Marvin Emnes, save by Neil Sullivan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Faris Haroun by George Friend. The referee cautions George Friend for unsporting behaviour. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Mason from the left by-line, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.
Centre by El-Hadji Diouf.
Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
Marvin Emnes grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-2 Middlesbrough.Faris Haroun provided the assist for the goal.
Faris Haroun takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save. Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Billy Sharp results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Tony McMahon decides to take the corner short.
Shot by Ryan Mason from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Scott McDonald from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Tony McMahon delivers the ball, save made by Neil Sullivan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Emnes. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Shelton Martis. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Unfair challenge on Billy Sharp by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. Stephen McManus booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.
The ball is swung over by Barry Robson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen McManus goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Shelton Martis.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Hayter.
Richard Naylor is cautioned. Barry Robson scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-1 Middlesbrough.
Effort on goal by Barry Robson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Tony McMahon produces a cross, Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
James Hayter fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Naylor takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Billy Sharp by Matthew Bates results in a free kick. George Friend takes the free kick.
The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Jason Steele takes the free kick. Faris Haroun joins the action as a substitute, replacing Justin Hoyte. The referee blows for offside against Stephen McManus. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
Ryan Mason takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, George Friend takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Billy Sharp gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-0 Middlesbrough.The assist for the goal came from James Hayter.
Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Sharp. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Naylor.
Header from close range by George Friend misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Billy Sharp by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Mason.
Barry Robson is ruled offside. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Steele by Billy Sharp. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Rhys Williams challenges Herita Ilunga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Herita Ilunga on Tony McMahon. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
James Hayter challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Diouf in line for Rovers debut
El Hadji Diouf is poised to make his Doncaster debut against Middlesbrough pending Football League approval.
Diouf, 30, agreed a three-month contract at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday and Rovers have submitted all the relevant paperwork in the hope he will be ready play his part against Tony Mowbray's men.
The former Liverpool, Bolton and Blackburn forward would provide a welcome boost to boss Dean Saunders' threadbare attacking options.
Goalscorer James Hayter was the only recognised striker in the squad for the 1-1 draw with Coventry at the weekend as Billy Sharp missed the game due to a family issue and Chris Brown continued his rehabilitation from a key injury.
Sharp and Brown are not expected to be involved against Boro but James Coppinger could start after impressing as a half-time substitute on Saturday.
Coppinger replaced Giles Barnes, who will be monitored after suffering concussion.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns as his side attempt to bounce back from defeat at Southampton.
Boro lost 3-0 to the npower Championship leaders on Saturday and head for Doncaster determined to return to winning ways.
Defender Seb Hines, who did not travel to St Mary's Stadium after playing for the reserves last week following his recovery from a knee injury, returned to training on Monday morning and could be involved.
However, midfielder Kevin Thomson, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, is unlikely to make the trip.
Striker Jonathan Franks remains on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery, while goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has returned to Wolves with his loan spell at an end.
Boro triumph at emotional Keepmoat
Billy Sharp opened the scoring for Doncaster on an emotional night at the Keepmoat Stadium, but Middlesbrough came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory with a clinical display.
Hours before kick-off Doncaster announced that captain Sharp's two-day-old son had died on Saturday, and it had been expected that the forward would be unable to play any part in the contest.
However, Rovers boss Dean Saunders sprang a surprise by including Sharp in his starting line-up alongside new signing El-Hadji Diouf.
A minute's applause celebrated the tragically short life of Sharp's child before kick-off and Sharp sent the Keepmoat Stadium into raptures when he netted a stunning volley inside the first 15 minutes.
Boro responded with the calm assurance of a side lodged in the upper reaches of the npower Championship and they were ahead by half-time.
A wretched mistake by Doncaster's veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan allowed Marvin Emnes to claim his side's second after Barry Robson's drive restored parity.
Robson's second and his side's third came from the penalty spot after another Sullivan error caused chaos inside his own penalty area and Pascal Chimbonda fouled Tony McMahon.
Diouf embarked upon an early surging run at the Middlesbrough defence, but his cross was dealt with and the opening exchanges featured little goalmouth action.
The Keepmoat erupted with 14 minutes gone when Diouf flicked the ball towards the left-hand edge of the penalty area where Sharp swivelled and rifled an exquisite dipping volley over goalkeeper Jason Steele into the far corner.
Sharp revealed a message on a t-shirt underneath his Doncaster jersey as he ran towards the home fans in celebration and referee Darren Deadman did not issue a caution.
Boro were rattled and Diouf caught their back line napping to fire narrowly wide two minutes later before visiting right wing-back Justin Hoyte limped down the tunnel and was replaced by Faris Haroun in the 21st minute.
The substitution necessitated a change of shape to 4-4-2 for Tony Mowbray, and moments after redeployed full-back McMahon delivered a teasing cross and Rhys Williams headed into Sullivan's arms for Middlesbrough's first attempt on target.
Although their attacks remained sporadic, Boro pulled level after half an hour when Robson was allowed to advance towards the Doncaster goal and drive a 20-yard effort into the bottom corner.
Rovers refused to drop their intensity in attack but they were behind in first-half stoppage time when Scott McDonald released Haroun down the right.
The Belgian's low cross was met by Emnes, whose close-range effort was tamely hit but Sullivan fumbled horribly and the ball trickled into his net.
Doncaster still appeared shaken at the start of the second half as Middlesbrough dominated.
Emnes missed a golden opportunity to increase the lead in the 55th minute when he skied a volley from six yards after Robson's delicate cross.
Boro's third came with 64 minutes gone and once again Sullivan was culpable.
The former Scotland international failed to hold a drive from Emnes, and although he managed to thwart Robson's follow-up, the ensuing melee saw Chimbonda bundle McMahon to the floor and Deadman pointed to the spot.
Sullivan guessed correctly, but Robson's well-struck penalty to the goalkeeper's left comfortably found the net.
Doncaster looked to respond but a pair of long-range efforts from full-back George Friend were all they had to show for their efforts Middlesbrough played out the match in composed fashion.
The sponsor's man of the match award went to Sharp, much to the delight of the remaining home fans, and Doncaster will need to display plenty more of his remarkable spirit after they slipped to the bottom of the npower Championship.
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