Despite having lost to Notts County in the FA Cup last week, Rovers are on an undefeated run at the Keepmoat, having not lost there since November 1st. The visit of Cardiff always looked to be a tough game for Rovers but having already seen off Southampton and Leicester, anything seems possible.
Dean Saunders welcomed Sharp back to the line up as well as Tommy Spurr, who has been injured for a while. El Hadji Diouf also returned following a hamstring problem. The first half was quiet, but Rovers seemed to have more of the chances. James Hayter was extremely unlucky not to score in the first 10 minutes when his header beat the Cardiff keeper but also the post.
The miss from Hayter was probably the best chance of the half. Button, in the Rovers’ goal, was hardly tested in the first half as Sam Hird and Habib Beye in the defence were on top form.
The second half started with Rovers pushing to open the scoring, and were unlucky not to do so around 2 minutes in. Diouf did well to work some space in the area and eventually got his shot away. Marshall made a fantastic save, tipping the ball onto the post and out for a corner. Rovers came close again when a long ball found Hayter on his own in the centre of the field. He volleyed the ball across to Sharp whose uncharacteristically hard tap forward reached Marshall. The keeper did not look to have touched the ball, yet catching Sharp, although no penalty was given.
Another chance later in the half fell to Jimmy O’Connor following a goal mouth scramble. But his diving header flew high of the target.
The game finished 0-0, with Rovers unlucky not to have taken all three points, but every point counts in the fight to get out of the relegation zone. With the teams around us all losing, we are now 3 points from safety with Bristol City next week.
Another boost for Doncaster Rovers came after the final whistle when it was suggested that Billy Sharp would not be joining Leicester City. He would instead be sticking to his word that he would only leave South Yorkshire should a Premier League club come begging. If he stays until the end of the season, Rovers would more than likely be safe and Sharp should have an array of top flight clubs after his signature.