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Match Report: Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion (Doncaster Fan's Perspective)

Wednesday 7th March 2012
Still stuck to the bottom of the table, Rovers are looking to pick up any point they can. The visit of Brighton was a must win in the eyes of many Donny supporters, but the game was always going to be a tough encounter.

The game was a bit of a strange one. Donny attacked for much of the first half while Brighton failed to do so. Rovers were unable to score from any of their attacks and Brighton started to threaten more and more.

Despite not having any shots until the 20th minute, the visitors converted their first effort, a poor goal from our point of view.

Liam Bridcutt's scuffed shot found Craig Mackail-Smith, who looked to be in an offside position. Our defence stood and watched as the former Peterborough man had two chances to convert. It looked as though we were heading for yet another defeat to add to our extensive collection.

James Hayter failed to score what was probably Rovers' best chance of the half, shooting high over the cross bar from within the penalty area. The half finished with the visitors in front but there were many positives to be taken from the half from a Doncaster Rovers point of view. Never say die.

The second period followed on from the first with Rovers on top from the kick off. This time the first shot fell to James Coppinger who was making his first appearance after a spell on the sidelines with a broken cheekbone. His effort curled away from the target and rippled the side netting. Despite a miss, it felt like an equaliser was coming.

Giles Barnes' free kick struck the Albion wall with force before Rovers were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute. El-Hadji Diouf had sent in a corner and the ball failed to reach Barnes, blocked off via a raised Brighton arm. Diouf took the honours and placed the ball low to the keeper's right. Game on.

Both sides had attacks in the closing stages but failed to score the winner. Fabien Robert's shot was the final kick of the game.

Despite being disappointed to have not won the game, with Rovers having the greater amount of shots and possession, there were many positives that could be taken from the game.

Mamadou Bagayoko was outstanding and won my vote for man of the match. Other results went our way with Forest drawing and the other surrounding teams losing so the draw put Donny level on points with Portsmouth and five points from safety.
Lewis Ward

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