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  • Shiels (50), Roberts (83)
  • Helguson (90 pen)
  • Date:2010-01-16
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Keepmoat Stadium
  • Attendance:10504
  • Referee:Hall, A

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Heidar Helguson takes a penalty for Watford and scores!.

90mins

The referee has booked Henri Lansbury.

86mins

James Coppinger is replaced by Byron Webster.

86mins

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

86mins

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

83mins

Goal!! Gareth Roberts scores for Doncaster.

78mins

Brian Stock is replaced by John Spicer.

78mins

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

74mins

Jason Shackell is replaced by Sam Hird.

60mins

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

50mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by A Hall

45mins

The referee has booked Mark Wilson.

0mins

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

0mins

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


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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.

Doncaster Rovers

Watford

Corners

57

Fouls

811

Goal attempts

147

Shots off target

52

Offsides

39

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