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Match Report: West Ham United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers (Doncaster Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 13th March 2012
In anticipation of what was a massive game for Doncaster Rovers, the away end was sold out without a seat to spare for Doncaster's first visit to Upton Park since October 1957.

Having beaten Nottingham Forest in midweek Rovers fans thought the team was capable of an upset at the Boleyn Ground.

The hosts kicked off and had the ball in the net within the first 15 seconds via Ricardo Vaz Te, but his effort was ruled out for a push on Pascal Chimbonda. With a start like this, fans packed into the away end feared the worst. Carlton Cole had the Hammers' next chance, but his shot rattled the crossbar.

West Ham carried on heaping pressure on the visitors and opened the scoring in the 9th minute. Cole's shot looked to be creeping in but Kevin Nolan flew in to take the honours.

James Coppinger came close to levelling the scores half way through the half, but his long range effort was tipped around the post by Rob Green in front of the visiting fans. Vaz Te left the action after 25 minutes through injury, and Rovers started to come into the game as they managed to get the ball down and dominate.

It wasn't until the second when the ball found the net for a second time, with a well deserved goal for the visitors in the 72nd minute. El-Hadji Diouf crossed to the far post, where Simon Gillett did well to push the ball back across goal to find Coppinger on hand to scramble the ball into the net, sending the away support crazy.

Rovers had a chance to take the lead not long after their equaliser. This time Chimbonda pulled the ball back for Diouf, but he slipped and struck the ball straight at a grateful Green, who knocked the ball spinning just wide of the post. What a chance to knick the win.

West Ham pushed in the closing stages but after a goalmouth scramble, Jack Collison's shot flew high and wide without testing Carl Ikeme in the Rovers goal.

Although a point against the second placed side in the division is a fantastic achievement for the second bottom side, after Saturday's game it felt like 2 points had been dropped. Overall though, a fantastic performance helped nudge Doncaster Rovers closer to safety.

The South Yorkshire side now sit four points from safety with two games in hand, and things are starting to look much more positive after what was an extremely poor start to the season. If they can continue their run of form for the rest of March, there is a massive chance they can comfortably achieve safety.
Lewis Ward

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