Date: 16th August 2011 at 10:05pm
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Doncaster Rovers remain pointless after three games after losing to a solitary goal to Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat.

Rovers lacked a cutting edge after enjoying plenty of play in the opening half hour but they were punished when Chris Gunter scored with a rare chance for Forest.

Rovers boss Sean O`Driscoll made one change from the side that were beaten by West Ham at the weekend.

Sam Hird replaced Richard Naylor in defence and there were also places on the bench for Mark Wilson, who returned from injury and Reece Brown, who signed from Manchester United on loan earlier in the day.

James Coppinger had the first chance of the evening but his long range effort went wide of the post.

Kyle Bennett then tried his luck from distance for Rovers but his effort cleared the bar.

Wes Morgan had the first chance of the evening for Forest but his volley from inside the area went wide of the post.

Giles Barnes had Rovers first effort on target but Lee Camp was equal to the effort.

Forest had claims for a penalty turned down when Matt Derbyshire went down under pressure from Sam Hird.

Forest took the lead through Chris Gunter on the half hour when he got between two defenders to head past Woods after a good ball in by Moloney.

Chris Cohen then saw his shot go over the bar as the visitors looked for a second.

James Coppinger came close to equalising for Rovers when he had Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp at full stretch, who tipped the ball around the post.

Radoslav Majewski then had an effort from distance for the visitors that failed to trouble the Rovers goal.

It was to prove the last meaningful action of the half as Rovers would have felt a little unlucky to go in at the break behind.

The second half saw little goalmouth action and Kyle Bennett had the first real shot of any description inside the final fifteen minutes of the game when he shot wide from outside the area.

Simon Gillett then saw his shot saved by Camp as Rover searched for an equaliser.

Chris Brown then drew a save from Camp with a header from inside the six-yard area.

Rovers final chance of the game fell to Tommy Spurr but his header from a free kick went harmlessly over the bar.

Rovers now travel to Derby County on Saturday and manager Sean O`Driscoll will be desperate to bring in a striker to help bolster the forward line.

Woods, Dumbuya, Hird, Spurr, Friend, Oster, Coppinger, Gillett, Barnes (Baxendale 89), C. Brown, Bennett (R. Brown 85)

Sullivan, Naylor, Wilson,
Nottingham Forest
Camp, Moloney, Morgan, Chambers, Gunter, Majewski, Greening, Cohen, Reid, McGoldrick (Miller 75), Derbyshire (Findlay 57)

Subs not used
Smith, Lynch, McGugan,

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