Date: 28th August 2011 at 7:30am
Written by:

Doncaster Rovers finally got their first point of the season, but they will once again reflect on the missed chances that should have won them the game against Bristol City.

Rovers came from behind to claim a point against City thanks to a goal from James Hayter with the striker redeeming himself after missing a penalty.

Boss Sean O`Driscoll wasn`t tempted to bring back Brian Stock or Shelton Martis after long-term injuries but James O`Connor was named amongst the substitutes.

Bristol had a great chance to take the lead when Nicky Maynard found himself through on goal but the striker failed to hit the target.

Rovers best chances fell to Mustapha Dumbuya and Hayter who both forced David James into saves.

Bristol took the lead on the stroke of half time when Albert Adomah beat Woods from inside the area.

Rovers had a great chance to equalise ten minutes into the second half after Kyle Bennett was fouled inside the area.

Hayter stepped up to take the penalty but his driven shot was straight at James who made the save.

Rovers drew level when substitute Milan Lalkovic found Hayter at the back post and his effort was adjudged to have crossed the line before the Bristol defender could clear the ball.

The goal lifted Rovers and James had to make a save from Giles Barnes whilst Lalkovic shot over.

Jon Stead had the visitor`s best chance of the second half but his poor effort failed to trouble Gary Woods in the Rovers goal.

In the final five minutes, Rovers continued to press for a winner. Bennett forcing James into another save and Lalkovic and Dumbuya missing the target.

In the five minutes of added time, Rovers continued to press with Simon Gillett forcing James into another save.

Rovers almost snatched all three points in the dying seconds when Reece Brown headed over from close range.

The draw finally gets Rovers off the mark this season but they will go into the international break still at the foot of the Championship table.

The break will give Sean O`Driscoll time to get some of his injured player`s time to recover and return to full fitness before two tough looking away games at Cardiff City and Reading.

Woods, Dumbuya, Naylor (O`Connor 46), Friend, Spurr, Hird (Lalkovic 61), Oster, Gillett, Barnes (R. Brown 86), Hayter, Bennett

Subs not used
Sullivan, Wilson

Bristol City
James, Spence, McAllister (Woolford 50), Nyatanga, Wilson, Elliott, Kilkenny (Pitman 59), Adomah, Maynard (Stead 75), Campbell-Ryce, Skuse

Subs not used
Gerken, Carey

Join Vital Donny
Join The Vital Debate

Join Vital Doncaster Rovers!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It’s easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Doncaster .

Bookmark and Share

Vital Doncaster on: facebook

Vital Doncaster on: twitter


2 Replies to “Rovers off the mark with home point”

Comments are closed.