Date:Friday June 26 2009
Doncaster Rovers went into November hoping to finally be able to find the back of the net after another frustrating month in front of goal left them firmly in the relegation zone.
Rovers went into the month bottom of the table and hadn`t tasted a win since back in August when the triumphed over Coventry City.
They started the month with a hard fought point against Swansea City at the Keepmoat, once again Rovers couldn`t find the net in a goalless draw.
Another South Yorkshire derby was next up for Rovers and once again they outplayed local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough without coming home with anything to show for it.
Wednesday won the game with a goal just before half time by Leon Clarke.
Rovers made chance after chance but once again failed to convert any of them.
Rovers next game was a Saturday evening match in front of the Sky TV cameras against Ipswich Town.
Home fans were clinging to any hope by this time and the fact Rovers have a good record in front of the cameras gave them renewed optimism.
It worked as on loan defender Shelton Martis headed the only goal of the game for Rovers in the first half.
A hard trip to Burnley was next up for Rovers, their chances were greatened when Steve Thompson was sent off for the Clarets on the half hour but once again despite dominating for long periods Rovers could only come away with a point in a goalless draw.
Rovers entertained Nottingham Forest on the Tuesday night in a game between the bottom two, despite sounding like a broken record it was the same old story for Rovers who had to settle for another point in their third goalless draw of the month.
Rovers moved to solve their goal scoring problems and signed striker Steve Brooker on loan from Bristol City.
Brooker went straight into the squad for the away game at Watford, it was the same old story with Rovers creating the better opportunities without finding the net and Rovers luck was summed up early in the game when a Richie Wellens effort somehow stayed out after hitting both post and crossbar.
Rovers trailed to a Tommy Smith first half effort when fans finally got the wish they had been waiting for all season.
Within five minutes of his introduction to the game Steve Brooker smashed Rovers level. The game finished 1-1 and Rovers finished the month still rooted to the bottom of the Division.
Fans renewed optimism was to be short lived though when Brooker suffered an injury in training in midweek which would cut short his loan spell at the club.
Who was going to find the goals to take Rovers away from the relegation zone?
The review of December will follow next week.
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