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Match Report: Birmingham City 2-1 Doncaster Rovers (Doncaster Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 11th December 2011
Doncaster Rovers failed to build on last week's win over the league leaders during their trip to Birmingham.

The hosts made the brighter start, taking control of the game from the start. Despite this, Rovers had the first notable chance but James Coppinger fired straight at the Birmingham keeper before Simon Gillett had an effort which did not trouble the defence.

Birmingham were unlucky not to have a penalty awarded when Gillett looked to have handled in the area, which looked stone wall from the other end of the ground.  Both sides continued to have chances throughout the first half, with Donny's best probably coming when a defensive mix up left Brian Stock alone at the edge of the area, but his shot failed to beat Boaz Myhill.

The first half ended goalless, in what was shaping up to be an open game that looked destined for a low score win or draw.

The second half began in Rovers' favour but the first effort, a shot from Brian Stock, cleared the crossbar. Rovers continued to push for a goal and their persistence paid off when they caught Birmingham on the break with James Coppinger down the right wing. Coppinger found Marc Antoine Fortune open in the centre who just had to roll the ball past Myhill. The goal coming in the 50th minute.

Rovers continued to push after the goal but couldn't convert any of their chances. After 62 minutes, Carl Ikeme in the Rovers' goal was put under pressure by the Birmingham forwards. His clearance barely reached Habib Beye in defence, putting Rovers under more pressure, and a defensive mix up allowed Marlon King to draw level.

Birmingham found their form following the goal and continued to push and, despite both sides having chances, Marlon King stole the lead for the hosts in the 88th minute, sending the ball low into the right of the goal.

Despite losing the game, Rovers showed signs of positivity, building on last week's performance against Southampton. They were unlucky to concede the first goal and were also unlucky not to score again.

Although Rovers are still stranded in the relegation area, things are looking up and I think they could be out of danger by New Year judging by the form of the teams above them.
Lewis Ward

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