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Doncaster Rovers (1) 1 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Referee: Kevin Friend

Manager: Sean ODriscoll

Keepmoat Stadium 17:20

Attendance: 10,823

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3277

Goals

Home
 Martis (42)
Away
 

Substitutions

Home
HirdSpicer (57)
HeffernanGuy (76)
PriceTaylor (83)

Cards

Home
 Mills (50)
 Heffernan (59)
Away
 Moritz Volz (25)
 Alex Bruce (51)

Teams

Home

Sullivan

Mills

Martis

Hird

OConnor

Wellens

Stock

Woods

Chambers

Heffernan

Price

Substitutes

Home

Guy

Taylor

Hayter

Spicer

Elliott

Match Report

Rovers seal their first league win in 13 games

Relieved Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll saw his side score their first home goal since August and it was enough to hand them a three vital Coca-Cola Championship points.

On-loan defender Shelton Martis headed the decisive goal three minutes before half-time to move bottom-placed Doncaster level on points with near rivals Nottingham Forest.

Doncaster have had little luck this season and O'Driscoll said: 'I think I'm going to have to wear this jacket, shirt and pants every game now.

We played how we've played in all the games so far - we didn't approach this any different.

'We got a goal, which was nice, and it was something to cling onto and something to fight for.

'We had a little bit of luck where we could have conceded two or three goals but all credit goes to the players.'

On match-winner Martis he added: 'He's got pace and attacks the ball well.

'In his two games, we've kept two clean sheets - he's done very well.'

Disappointed Ipswich boss Jim Magilton admitted: 'It's a poor defeat because the last seven or eight games we've been very good but four or five players were below par today.

'Doncaster deserve credit because they had to dig in for almost an hour.

'We lacked quality in vital areas. I think we got a little bit bullied and overrun in midfield - I think they beat us in that department.

'We've got plenty of experience in there but it was just a lack of quality and a lack of know-how.'

Doncaster started brightly when Sam Hird's goal-bound volley was diverted over by Ipswich's Alex Bruce.

But it was Bruce's defensive partner Richard Naylor who nearly bagged the opener when his powerful 20th-minute header thumped the Rovers crossbar.

Ipswich boss Magilton handed a start to David Norris despite suggestions he might take the midfielder out of the firing line following his controversial handcuff goal celebration last weekend.

In light of his message to jailed pal Luke McCormick, every touch by Norris was met with a chorus of boos and he wasted a great opportunity to silence the home crowd by scuffing wide from close range on 40 minutes.

Moments later the action switched to the other end and Doncaster took a lead they were not to relinquish.

Matt Mills headed Brian Stock's free-kick back across the Ipswich goal and Martis, in his second game since joining from West Brom, got his head on the ball to put Rovers ahead.

It was the home side's first goal at the Keepmoat Stadium since their 1-0 win over Coventry on August 30.

Soon after the break Magilton threw on attacking players Jon Stead and Darren Ambrose, making his second Town debut after rejoining on loan from Charlton, as Ipswich searched for an equaliser.

Ambrose almost made an instant impact when he met Owen Garvan's left-wing cross in the 65th minute with a brilliant volley that forced Neil Sullivan to acrobatically tip over the bar.

Final Ipswich substitute Pablo Counago also went close with two headers but Doncaster remained firm to earn their first win in 13 games.

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