Date: 18th March 2012 at 7:03am
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Doncaster Rovers survival hopes took a huge dent with a 2-1 home defeat to Derby County.

Rovers came into the game on the back of a five match unbeaten run and had just held both West Ham and Reading to draws but it was an old boy who came back to haunt Rovers.

Gareth Roberts made over 170 appearances for Rovers before leaving to join Derby in 2010 and it was his goal early in the second half, his first for Derby that clinched the three points.

Derby had taken an early first half lead when Theo Robinson beat Rovers keeper Carl Ikeme to the ball outside the area and he chipped the ball into an empty net.

Rovers best chance of the first half fell to on loan striker Frederic Piquionne but his powerful header was straight at goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

Roberts doubled Derby`s lead early in the second half after a quick interchange of passes to fire past Ikeme.

Rovers were given a lifeline when El Hadji Diouf`s swivel and shot beat Fielding but they could not find an equaliser.

The result leaves Rovers second bottom, four points from safety and they now face a must win game against Millwall at the Keepmoat on Tuesday night.


Teams

Doncaster
Ikeme, Chimbonda, Martis (Hird 68), Beye, Spurr, Gillett, Barnes (Hayter 86), Bennett, Diouf, Piquionne, Coppinger (Oster 56)

Subs not used
Woods, Ilunga

Derby
Fielding, Roberts, Shackell, Buxton, Hendrick, Bryson, Naylor, B. Davies, Green, Robinson (S. Davies 90), Ball (Tyson 78),

Subs not used
Legzdins, Bailey

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