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Doncaster vs Crystal Palace
 1 - 1 
Sat Feb 27 15:00:00 GMT 2010
Keepmoat Stadium
N Swarbrick

The midweek cup defeat meant that the club had league matters to concentrate going into this game at The Keepmoat against Doncaster Rovers, who themselves came into the game on the back of two defeats.

Two changes to the Palace side from the cup exit at Villa as Clint Hill and Kieran Djilali came into the starting eleven at the expense of Neil Danns and Johannes Ertl.


An immediate change for Palace as after just five minutes Lee Hills came on for Claude Davis, so Hill went to centre half to partner Matt Lawrence whilst the sub took his place at left back. Davis had just a minute before been on hand to block a shot from James Hayter after he robbed his man of the ball in Rovers first attack.

Julian Speroni had his first save to make of the afternoon just past the quarter hour mark when Hayter was found free in the box but when well placed couldn't beat the 'keeper.

The home crowd thought their side had got the breakthrough on 21 minutes when Hayter headed past Speroni but Billy Sharp was ruled offside as the official's flag was raised.

It was not long before another flag caused another goal cancelled out. Sharp once again the reason as he pushed Hill to enable him to convert the chance.

Donny didn't have to wait long though before having the advantage and it was an excellent curling effort into the top corner past Speroni eight minutes before the break from James Coppinger.

Palace nearly got straight back into the game at the other end as Alan Lee saw his header cleared by James Chambers and as the ball came back out Djilali had an effort put behind for a corner.

A disappointing half for Palace ended in added time with Speroni saving low down from Coppinger in the last chance of the half.

A further change made by Neil Warnock made at the break as Hills was replaced by Johannes Ertl, he went to right back and Clyne switched over to the left side of defence.

Two early efforts in the half at goal from the visitors but both Nick Carle and Darren Ambrose see chances go over the bar.  

Palace came very close to getting back on level terms on the hour mark as Carle found Derry but his shot, from close range, was deflected wide.

Five minutes later they came even closer after good work from Clyne down the left and he put a ball across the face of goal but no one could get on the end of the chance.

The fans behind that goal didn't have to wait long before celebrating a goal. On 67 minutes Ambrose did well to get away from his man and put in a fine cross which Djilali got on the end of and fired the ball into the net to bring the scores level.


Substitute loanee Jay Emmanuel Thomas came on from the bench for the home side and was soon in the action as he got a shot in on goal which was easily saved by the 'keeper.

The second half was much better for the visitors and Ertl had a good chance to give his side the advantage in the final five minutes but he couldn't keep his effort down and he didn't trouble Neil Sullivan in the rovers goal.

Two late shouts for a spot kick for Donny are waved away by the referee as added time comes and goes and both teams end their losing run to take a point from the game.


Doncaster Sullivan, O'Connor, Ward, Hird, Chambers,Wilson (Shiels 90), Oster (Mutch 83), Coppinger, Roberts,Hayter (Emmanuel-Thomas 76), Sharp.

Subs Not Used: Smith, Dumbuya, Guy, Spicer.

Booked: Ward.

Crystal Palace Speroni, Clyne, Davis (Hills 6), Lawrence,Hill, Carle, Derry, Djilali (Andrew 90), Ambrose, Butterfield,Lee, Hills (Ertl 46).

Subs Not Used: Mann, Scannell, Comley, N'Diaye.

Booked: Hill, Clyne, Lee.

Att: 9,779   Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).







A full match report from the Keepmoat Stadium.
 Match Information
  Doncaster Rovers Crystal Palace
Goals : 1 1
Possession : 64% 36%
Shots On Target : 9 3
Shots Off Target : 8 5
Corners : 6 7
Fouls : 11 6
Most Fouls : Sharp (3) Hill (2)
Yellow Cards : 1 3
Red Cards : 0 0
Scorers :
Coppinger 37
Djilali 67
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