DRFC Season review - September
We continue the review of the season and we now move into September as Rovers continued their early season title of draw specialists.
Rovers had the luxury of a weekend of at the start of the month with important World Cup qualifiers taking place.
There was great news for Rovers skipper Brian Stock who made his full international debut for Wales in their defeat at the Millenium stadium by Russia.
When the side return to league action they grind out a hard earned point at Reading in a 0-0 draw.
Rovers are back on the road in midweek when they travel to West Brom who had been relegated from the Premiership the previuos season.
Billy Sharp is handed his first start since arriving on loan from Sheffield United and youngster Waide Fairhurst also earns his first start for the club.
Fairhurst makes a dream start when he puts Rovers into the lead inside the opening ten minutes.
Rovers put in a good performance but in the end were beaten 3-1 with Jonas Ollson scoring twice and a Chris Wood strike late on sent the Baggies to the top of the Championship.
Ipswich Town visit the Keepmoat on the Saturday and are involved in a six goal thriller as Rovers twice take the lead before having to score late on to salvage a point.
Young Fairhurst makes it two goals in two games when he gives Rovers an early lead.
The game burst into life inside the final quarter when Jack Colback equalised for the visitors.
Rovers were back in the lead inside ten minutes when Martin Woods found the back of the net from outside the area.
Ipswich had turned the game on it`s head inside five minutes when first, Tamas Priskin equalised and then Lee Martin fired the visitors into the lead.
Quinton Fortune scored his one and only goal for Rovers with just over five minutes remaining to earn Rovers a point with a superb strike from outside the area.
Rovers are involved in another thriller the following Saturday, when they throw away a two goal advantage against near neighbours Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park when they concede in the dying seconds and have to settle for another point.
Rovers looked to be cruising to victory thanks to a Martin Woods penalty and a first goal for the club by Billy Sharp.
John Oster is shown a red card for Rovers with just over twenty minutes remianing and the home side made their numerical advantage pay within minutes when Cliff Byrne pulls a goal back for the home side.
Rovers are reduced to nine men with three minutes remianing when Quinton Fortune also sees red.
Scunthorpe grabbed an equaliser in the second minute of injury time when Martin Woods was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area and Grant McCann scored from the spot.
Rovers finished the month with another draw when they shared a goalless draw with Swansea City at the Keepmoat.
The month had seen Rovers draw four and lose one of their five fixtures and finish the month in seventheenth place with ten points from ten games.
Next week we will be looking through the month of October when Rovers faced two South Yorkshire derbies against Sheffield United and Barnsley and a trip to St James Park to face Newcastle United.
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