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  • Date:06 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:City Ground
  • Attendance:18,521
  • Blackstock (62)
  • Piquionne (43) Bennett (46)

Live Commentary

93:25 +3.25

Andy Reid produces a cross, Carl Ikeme makes a save.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Lynch by John Oster. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.


Centre by Greg Cunningham, Carl Ikeme makes a save.


Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.


Shelton Martis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Reid, save made by Carl Ikeme.


Unfair challenge on Joel Lynch by Mamadou Bagayoko results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joel Lynch.


Shelton Martis fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.


Sam Hird challenges Garath McCleary unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Hird shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid, Shelton Martis manages to make a clearance.


Lewis McGugan replaces Robbie Findley.


El-Hadji Diouf goes off and John Oster comes on.


Unfair challenge on Shelton Martis by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Habib Beye.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Mamadou Bagayoko. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.


Mamadou Bagayoko replaces Frederic Piquionne.


A goal is scored by Dexter Blackstock from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-2 Doncaster.Assist by Garath McCleary.


Effort from just outside the box by Andy Reid goes over the bar.


El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Greg Cunningham joins the action as a substitute, replacing George Elokobi. Lee Camp takes the free kick.


Shot by Andy Reid from outside the box goes over the net.


Shot by Kyle Bennett. Save made by Lee Camp.


Sam Hird is brought on as a substitute for Tommy Spurr.

46:43 +1.43

Robbie Findley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.


Kyle Bennett scores a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-2 Doncaster.Assist by El-Hadji Diouf.


Andy Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Wootton.


Frederic Piquionne fires in a fantastic goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-1 Doncaster.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Pascal Chimbonda on Garath McCleary. Pascal Chimbonda is given a yellow card. George Elokobi takes the free kick.


The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr, clearance made by George Elokobi.


Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.


El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Robbie Findley, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball in from the free kick, Robbie Findley manages to make a clearance.


The referee blows for offside. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.


James Coppinger sends in a cross, save made by Lee Camp.


Shelton Martis concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Findley. Strike on goal comes in from Adlene Guedioura from the free kick, El-Hadji Diouf gets a block in.


Kyle Bennett delivers the ball, Lee Camp makes a save.


Garath McCleary has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.


Dexter Blackstock takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Carl Ikeme.


Garath McCleary produces a cross, blocked by Pascal Chimbonda. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adlene Guedioura from the left by-line, Habib Beye manages to make a clearance.


Effort on goal by Giles Barnes from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.


El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.


Joel Lynch fouled by Frederic Piquionne, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.


Dexter Blackstock challenges Giles Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.


Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.


Robbie Findley produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.


Tommy Spurr produces a cross, Luke Chambers makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Forest to assess duo Nottingham Forest will check on captain Luke Chambers and midfielder Guy Moussi ahead of the visit of Doncaster. Defender Chambers and Moussi missed the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Saturday with minor niggles and manager Steve Cotterill will assess their fitness before naming his side. Danny Higginbotham was also absent at Oakwell because of a hamstring injury sustained during the victory at Birmingham the previous weekend and the on-loan defender is not expected to be fit in time to feature against the npower Championship's bottom club. Cotterill will once more be unable to call upon strikers Ishmael Miller (hamstring), Matt Derbyshire, David McGoldrick, Marlon Harewood (hamstring) and midfielder Radoslaw Majewski. Forest will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to a season's best four matches. Doncaster will be without captain Brain Stock for a vital game. Stock limped off during the early stages of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brighton at the Keepmoat Stadium and scans have revealed the midfielder suffered a 10-centimetre tear to his groin. Fellow midfielder Martin Woods is a couple of weeks away from returning from a knee problem, while the City Ground encounter also comes too soon for Habib Bamogo. The Burkina Faso forward suffered a hamstring strain in last month's 3-2 defeat against Leeds and Saturday's clash at West Ham is a more realistic target. George Friend remains on the sidelines with knee ligament damage, but fellow defender James Chambers and midfielder Paul Keegan are back in training following long-term knee injuries.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Cotterill

Nottm Forest

Formation: 433Manager: Dean Saunders


  • Lee Camp
  • Scott Wootton
  • Luke Chambers
  • George Elokobi
  • Joel Lynch
  • Chris Gunter
  • Guy Moussi
  • Adlene Guedioura
  • Garath McCleary
  • Robbie Findley
  • Dexter Blackstock
  • SUBS
  • Paul Smith
  • Greg Cunningham
  • Paul Anderson
  • Lewis McGugan
  • Andy Reid



Match Report

Rovers revel in Reds win Doncaster claimed all three points against a well below-par Nottingham Forest to triumph 2-1 in a proverbial relegation six-pointer at the City Ground. The crucial victory takes Rovers off the foot of the npower Championship table and within three points of Forest, with a game in hand over their relegation rivals who occupy the final position of safety. It was a deserved victory for the visitors, for whom loan signing Frederic Piquionne, a month-long arrival from West Ham on Tuesday morning, capped the dullest possible first half with a screaming 30-yard strike on the stroke of half-time. Kyle Bennett doubled that lead within 64 second-half seconds and almost made it 3-0 when his strike was tipped on to a post by Lee Camp. Dexter Blackstock gave Forest hope following a well-worked move just after the hour-mark but it was not enough to prevent an 11th home defeat of the season on a disappointing night for the hosts. Rovers, in contrast, end a seven-match winless run with what is only their third away success this term. Forest suffered a setback in the pre-match warm-up when Marcus Tudgay sustained injury, meaning Forest boss Steve Cotterill - like Rovers counterpart Dean Saunders - made three changes. Robbie Findley came in for Tudgay and it was he who had the first harmless effort after four minutes. But it was Doncaster who enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the early stages, with Forest - having taken seven points from the last nine on offer - struggling to rise to the occasion. Blackstock had the first shot on target after 20 minutes, which was comfortably saved at the second attempt by Carl Ikeme. The chance seemed to breathe the briefest of life into the home side, Garath McCleary going close, but all-in-all it was a lifeless opening half an hour. The next 15 that followed were hardly an improvement, with both sides playing negative football and the half-time whistle set to bring welcome relief. That was until debutant Piquionne, out of nowhere in the 44th minute, rifled into the top corner from distance in what was a rare glimmer of top-drawer quality. Forest were facing an uphill task within two minutes of the restart as Doncaster doubled their advantage. Joel Lynch and Luke Chambers allowed El-Hadji Diouf to get in at the byline and he crossed for an unmarked Bennett to smash home at the far post. Bennett almost made it three four minutes later when he was allowed to run and saw his 25-yard shot turned on to the inside of a post by Camp. The save proved crucial to Forest's hopes as Blackstock reduced the arrears following a flowing move involving Adlene Guedioura and Chris Gunter. But despite that goal coming with 27 minutes remaining, Reds fans had to wait until the 82nd minute for their side's next chance, McCleary forcing Ikeme into action. And that was the closest they came to an unlikely leveller.

Form Guide

  • Nottm Forest
  • VS
  • Doncaster

Last Meetings

  • Doncaster
  • 0 - 1
  • Nottm Forest
  • 16/08/2011
  • Nottm Forest
  • 0 - 0
  • Doncaster
  • 12/03/2011
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 1
  • Nottm Forest
  • 02/10/2010
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 0
  • Nottm Forest
  • 13/02/2010
  • Nottm Forest
  • 4 - 1
  • Doncaster
  • 28/11/2009
  • Nottm Forest
  • 2 - 4
  • Doncaster
  • 26/12/2008

Top Scorers

Nottm Forest

  • M Tudgay 5
  • G McCleary 4
  • I Miller 3
  • R Findley 3
  • D Blackstock 2
  • L McGugan 2
  • J Lynch 2
  • R Majewski 2
  • G Boateng 1
  • M Derbyshire 1
  • C Gunter 1


  • J Hayter 3
  • E Diouf 3
  • M Bagayoko 2
  • S Gillett 2
  • K Bennett 2
  • J Oster 1
  • B Stock 1
  • G Barnes 1


Nottm Forest

    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 29
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 11 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 28
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 12 (Against) Period 81-90 mins