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Match Report: Burnley 3 Doncaster Rovers 0 (Doncaster Rovers Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 27th December 2011
Following a fantastic comeback against Leicester last week, it looked like Christmas might actually go our way. It didn't!

Rovers welcomed back El-Hadji Diouf to the starting line up, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune who was recalled by West Brom last week. Pascal Chimbonda also returned to the bench following injury. Unfortunately, the new signings were not available and will not be until January. Lamine Diatta is still working toward match fitness.

Burnley started the game brightly and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead as we looked poor at the back. Time after time the home side would attack and move easily down Rovers' left. The hosts kept creating chances and despite testing Woods in the Rovers goal, they could not find the net. Rovers had attacks but they usually fizzled out before reaching the forwards.

In the 36th minute, a controversial penalty was awarded to Burnley when Chris McCann seemed to run into Sam Hird. The penalty was converted by Jay Rodriguez sending the hosts into the lead which they held going into the break. Rovers' best chance of the half came when Billy Sharp met a Brian Stock cross. His headed effort struck the inside of the post and was cleared away.

The second half continued pretty much the same as the first had ended, with Burnley creating the majority of chances but failing to convert. Rovers created less chances and still failed to score.

The next goal came after 83 minutes, this time a shot was blocked on the line allowing Martin Paterson to head in from close range. Burnley's lead grew further in the 94th minute, a goal that was judged to have been scored by Rovers' defender Sam Hird.

A poor performance from Rovers left fans disappointed, especially following the performances against Leicester and Southampton but there is still time to continue building around New Year with ties against Watford and Barnsley.

Although fans are disappointed at where Rovers are in the table, we have got to stay positive. In the first season back in the Championship Rovers were rock bottom at Christmas, yet finished in 14th at the end of the season. If we have a bad start to the campaign, we generally pick up after Christmas and finish comfortably by the end of the season. To be fair, Rovers have been in much worse positions which we have recovered and built from.
Lewis Ward

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