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Sharp double not enough for Rovers

Ipswich Town
3 - 2
Doncaster Rovers

Portman Road

22/01/11 3pm

Attendance: 17,298


Doncaster Rovers leaky defence continued a bad week when they conceded three more at Ipswich Town in a 3-2 defeat.

Billy Sharp scored twice for Rovers but it wasn`t enough as poor defending cost them dear.

Sharp almost gave Rovers the lead in the fifth minute when his turn and shot came back off the post.

A minute later Sharp did find the back of the net when his low shot across the keeper found the corner of the net.

Norris had the home sides best early effort when his shot was saved by the legs of Sullivan.

Wickham then tested Sullivan, with the veteran keeper saving well.

Sharp then thought he had doubled Rovers lead but his goal was ruled out for offside.

The home side continued to search for an equaliser with Wickham, Leadbitter and Priskin all going close but it was Rovers, who went in at the break in the lead after the early Billy Sharp strike.

Norris equalised for the visitors early in the second half when his volley beat Sullivan from inside the area.

Ipswich took the lead on the hour when a good ball in the middle found Wickham totally unmarked and he headed past Sullivan.

Rovers were back on level terms straight from the kick off when a good run and cross from Coppinger found Sharp and his diving header beat Fulop in the Town goal.

Ipswich scored the winner only a few minutes later when Edwards long-range effort took a deflection on its way past Sullivan.

Rovers struggled to find a way back into the game after the Edwards goal and they had to wait until the final five minutes before having a realistic chance of an equaliser.

John Oster played in James Hayter and his shot went just the wrong side of the post and into the side netting.

Kilgallon had Rovers last chance of the game but Fulop saved his effort.

Rovers have now lost their last two championship games and will hope to put things right when they entertain South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at the Keepmoat on Tuesday night.


Fulop, Edwards, McAuley, Delaney, O`Dea, Leadbitter, Priskin, Wickham, Norris, Martin, Healy

Subs not used,
Lee-Barrett, Peters, Kennedy, Scotland, Civelli, Smith, Hyam

Sullivan, O`Connor, Chambers (Fairhurst 89), Kilgallon, Lockwood, Oster, Wilson (Hird 90), Coppinger, Hayter, Sharp, Shiels (Mason 88)

Subs not used
G. Woods, Keegan, Souza, Friend

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Date:Sunday January 23 2011
Time: 7:35AM


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