Rovers off the mark with home point
Doncaster Rovers finally got their first point of the season, but they will once again reflect on the missed chances that should have won them the game against Bristol City.
Rovers came from behind to claim a point against City thanks to a goal from James Hayter with the striker redeeming himself after missing a penalty.
Boss Sean O`Driscoll wasn`t tempted to bring back Brian Stock or Shelton Martis after long-term injuries but James O`Connor was named amongst the substitutes.
Bristol had a great chance to take the lead when Nicky Maynard found himself through on goal but the striker failed to hit the target.
Rovers best chances fell to Mustapha Dumbuya and Hayter who both forced David James into saves.
Bristol took the lead on the stroke of half time when Albert Adomah beat Woods from inside the area.
Rovers had a great chance to equalise ten minutes into the second half after Kyle Bennett was fouled inside the area.
Hayter stepped up to take the penalty but his driven shot was straight at James who made the save.
Rovers drew level when substitute Milan Lalkovic found Hayter at the back post and his effort was adjudged to have crossed the line before the Bristol defender could clear the ball.
The goal lifted Rovers and James had to make a save from Giles Barnes whilst Lalkovic shot over.
Jon Stead had the visitor`s best chance of the second half but his poor effort failed to trouble Gary Woods in the Rovers goal.
In the final five minutes, Rovers continued to press for a winner. Bennett forcing James into another save and Lalkovic and Dumbuya missing the target.
In the five minutes of added time, Rovers continued to press with Simon Gillett forcing James into another save.
Rovers almost snatched all three points in the dying seconds when Reece Brown headed over from close range.
The draw finally gets Rovers off the mark this season but they will go into the international break still at the foot of the Championship table.
The break will give Sean O`Driscoll time to get some of his injured player`s time to recover and return to full fitness before two tough looking away games at Cardiff City and Reading.
Woods, Dumbuya, Naylor (O`Connor 46), Friend, Spurr, Hird (Lalkovic 61), Oster, Gillett, Barnes (R. Brown 86), Hayter, Bennett
Subs not used
James, Spence, McAllister (Woolford 50), Nyatanga, Wilson, Elliott, Kilkenny (Pitman 59), Adomah, Maynard (Stead 75), Campbell-Ryce, Skuse
Subs not used
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