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Leicester 4 Doncaster 0: Foxes on rise towards playoffs

Leicester 4 Doncaster 0: Easy win keeps Foxes on the march to play-offs

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 7 April 2012

Leicester continued their pursuit of the play-offs with a comfortable win over a Doncaster side whose days in the npower Championship appear numbered.

Lee Peltier, Ben Marshall and substitute Paul Gallagher all scored in the second half, adding to the goal from Danny Drinkwater that gave the Foxes the half-time lead.

The three points saw Nigel Pearson's side climb three positions to ninth in the table, five points adrift of sixth-placed Cardiff with five matches remaining.

Awesome foursome: Paul Gallagher was last man on the scoresheet in the rout

Awesome foursome: Paul Gallagher was last man on the scoresheet in the rout

MATCH FACTS

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, Dyer (Gallagher 61), Drinkwater, Wellens (King 61), Beckford (Schlupp 81), Marshall, Morgan, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Howard, St Ledger.

Goals: Drinkwater 33, Peltier 47, Marshall 78, Gallagher 88.

DONCASTER: Ikeme, Diouf (Stock 46), Lockwood, Oster, Barnes (Robert 74), Gillett, Piquionne (Brown 20), Coppinger, Ilunga, Chimbonda, Beye. Subs Not Used: Friend, Bennett.

Booked: Chimbonda.

Att: 22,054

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

A fifth defeat in six league games
leaves Doncaster bottom of the standings and seven points from safety.
There were chances at both ends early on.

Carl Ikeme helped a long-range effort
from David Nugent over the crossbar before Rovers responded through
James Coppinger and Giles Barnes, but neither managed to work Kasper
Schmeichel in the home goal.

Nugent threatened again before
Doncaster's plans were upset by an injury to Frederic Piquionne after 20
minutes. It looked like the on-loan striker suffered a calf problem and
he was replaced by Chris Brown.

Richie Wellens and Drinkwater headed chances over the bar before the latter opened the scoring in superb fashion.

Wellens' ball over the top was headed
into Drinkwater's path by Nugent and the former Manchester United
trainee hit a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of
the box.

Brown missed the target with a header
before Nugent worked Ikeme at the other end just before half-time. Soon
after the restart, disaster struck for Doncaster.

Peltier beat his man down the
right-hand side before sending a harmless-looking cross into the
six-yard box. But the ball squirmed through Ikeme's hands and into the
net.

Herita Ilunga was next to send a header over as Doncaster tried to get a
goal back, but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished with 12 minutes
remaining when Marshall maintained his recent good form with another
goal of quality.

The winger cut inside from the left and arrowed a right-footed shot into the top corner, giving Ikeme no chance.

Nugent hit the crossbar with an
effort from the edge of the box after 83 minutes before Gallagher
completed the rout with two minutes left.

Gallagher, a 61st-minute replacement
for Lloyd Dyer, rounded off a nice passing move involving Marshall and
Andy King by finding the bottom left-hand corner from 18 yards out.

Southampton 2 Doncaster 0: Billy Sharp fires Saints to fourth straight win

Southampton 2 Doncaster 0: Sharp fires Saints to fourth straight win to put former club in the mire

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UPDATED:

17:28 GMT, 24 March 2012

Former Doncaster striker Billy Sharp sent Southampton one step closer to the Barclays Premier League and at the same time nudged his old employers further towards the npower Championship trapdoor.

Sharp joined the Saints in the January transfer window for a fee in the region of 2million and scored two second-half goals to earn victory as the Saints continue to march towards promotion.

It will have been a bittersweet afternoon for Sharp as, despite sending his new side nine points clear of third-placed West Ham, the defeat leaves Rovers, for who he scored 41 goals in 86 appearances, staring relegation in the face, five points adrift of safety.

On a march: Billy Sharp nods the opener

On a march: Billy Sharp nods the opener

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Davis, Butterfield, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, De Ridder (Barnard 67), Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana (Hammond 78), Sharp, Lambert (Chaplow 49). Subs not used: Harding, Martin.

Booked: Sharp.

Scorer: Sharp 58, 75.

Doncaster: Ikeme, Chimbonda, Beye, Lockwood, Ilunga, Coppinger (Bennett 65), Gillett, Barnes (Brown 79), Oster (Robert 90), Diouf, Piquionne. Subs not used: Bagayoko, Friend.

Booked: Lockwood, Gillett, Diouf.

Referee: MacDermid.

Attendance: 30,209.

It was a dominant performance from
the hosts and Sharp broke the deadlock shortly before the hour with a
header and then put the game to bed by firing home from inside the area
with 15 minutes to go.

Rovers were left to reflect on a
third successive defeat, which may have been different had Frederic
Piquionne headed home early on.

Seven wins out of nine had seen the
Saints become firm favourites for the title before kick-off and Sharp
was given the nod upfront against his old club.

For Rovers, back-to-back home defeats
to Derby and Millwall had damaged their chances of survival but they
will have been buoyed by a recent point at West Ham.

Rovers' start will have provided
further optimism for boss Dean Saunders, but after complaining of missed
chances in recent weeks, he was again left with his head in his hands
when Piquionne headed over from Simon Gillett's cross in the eighth
minute as Rovers threatened to cause a shock.

The feeling was that the miss could
prove costly as Southampton settled in from there and Adam Lallana could
have opened the scoring after a neat exchange with Sharp, but his
effort was blocked.

The traffic was becoming one way and
after Rickie Lambert had a shout for a penalty turned down, Sharp went
close to registering against his old side, though his header went wide
of the post.

Party time: Southampton celebrate Sharp's opener

Party time: Southampton celebrate Sharp's opener

The opener eventually came 13 minutes
after the restart when Sharp reacted quickest to get on the end of Dan
Fox's inviting corner to head home his second goal in a Southampton
shirt.

That tally was soon taken to three
with 15 minutes remaining when he capitalised on some poor defending
from Habib Beye before firing past Carl Ikeme.

Richard Chaplow shot wide as the
Saints looked to put the icing on the cake, but a fourth win on the
bounce means it appears as though it is just a matter of time until
promotion is secured.

West Ham 1 Doncaster 1: Complacent Hammers lose ground after Coppinger strike

West Ham 1 Doncaster 1: Complacent Hammers lose ground after Coppinger strike

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 10 March 2012

West Ham lost ground at the top of the Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Doncaster outfit.

Kevin Nolan's ninth goal of the season capped a dominant start for the hosts but they took their foot off the gas and were punished when James Coppinger levelled in the 73rd minute.

The hosts looked to have got off to a flying start when Ricardo Vaz Te had the ball in the net inside the opening minute but the Portuguese was penalised for a foul on Pascal Chimbonda.

Celebration time: James Coppinger hit a priceless equaliser for Doncaster

Celebration time: James Coppinger hit a priceless equaliser for Doncaster

Match facts

West Ham: Green, McCartney, Faye, Tomkins, Taylor, Noble, Lansbury (O'Neil 57), Nolan (Collins 80), Collison, Cole, Vaz Te (Baldock 25). Subs not used: Maynard, Morrison.

Scorer: Nolan 9.

Doncaster: Ikeme, Chimbonda, Martis (Hird 75), Beye, Spurr, Bennett, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger, Diouf, Bagayoko (Oster 60). Subs not used: Hayter, Robert, Ilunga.

Scorer: Coppinger 73.

Referee: Andy D'Urso.

It took just another two minutes
before the Hammers threatened again as Carlton Cole collected a pass
from Jack Collison and rifled a 20-yard effort against the crossbar.

The inevitable breakthrough came
after nine minutes as Nolan stabbed in from close range after Rovers
failed to clear their lines following Henri Lansbury's shot.

Dean Saunders' men briefly relieved
the pressure when El-Hadji Diouf broke away down the right but his
threatening cross was plucked out of the air by Rob Green just as
Mamadou Bagayoko was closing in.

Sam Allardyce was forced to make a
change midway through the opening half when Vaz Te went down clutching
his hamstring. He was replaced by Sam Baldock.

With the home side beginning to lose
some of their impetus, Doncaster sensed an opportunity to get a foothold
in the game and Coppinger's powerful strike, which Green had to palm
around the post, underlined their increasing threat.

They continued to grow into the game
after the interval, with Diouf providing their most promising outlet.
The Senegalese whipped in a free-kick which Giles Barnes nodded narrowly
wide.

Off the mark: Kevin Nolan prods home

Off the mark: Kevin Nolan prods home

The Hammers sought to reassert their
authority with a prolonged spell of pressure but Rovers pressed the ball
well, restricting the space the hosts had to work in.

When Doncaster won it back they
caused panic in the penalty area as Coppinger's cross was left by Green
before James Tomkins eventually took charge of the situation to clear to
safety.

But with 17 minutes to go the
visitors deservedly drew level as Simon Gillett kept the ball alive in
the box and Coppinger capitalised to steer it in from close range.

Upton Park held its breath when
Coppinger delivered for Diouf with five minutes to play but he could not
make clean contact with his shot and Green turned the ball away for a
corner.

The draw extends West Ham's unbeaten
run to seven matches but Southampton's victory over Barnsley means they
are three points behind in the race for the title.

Doncaster, meanwhile, are still fighting for survival after taking six points from their last four games.

Burnley 3 Doncaster 0: Paterson back with a bang for in-form Clarets

Burnley 3 Doncaster 0: Paterson back with a bang for Clarets

Martin Paterson marked his first start at Turf Moor since August with a goal as Burnley made it five winsout of six in the npower Championship.

A thigh injury suffered in the opening day draw with Watford ruled Paterson out for three months, but he delighted the home faithful by netting his side”s second goal four minutes from time, heading home after Jay Rodriguez rattled the crossbar.

Burnley manager Eddie Howe

High five: Burnley manager Eddie Howe

MATCH FACTS

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff (Easton 62), Edgar, Mee, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stanislas (Bartley 69),Rodriguez, Paterson (Austin 85). Subs Not Used: Stewart, Vokes.

Booked: McCann, Paterson.

Goals: Rodriguez 37 pen, Paterson 84, Hird 90 og.

Doncaster: Gary Woods, O”Connor, Beye, Hird, Ilunga, Gillett (Bennett 79), Stock, Barnes (Hayter 86), Coppinger, Sharp,
Diouf (Goulon 86). Subs Not Used: Friend, Chimbonda.

Booked: Stock, Beye.

Att: 16,756

Ref: David Webb (County Durham).

Top scorer Rodriguez gave Burnley the advantage at half-time, clinically dispatching a penalty after Doncaster”s Sam Hird was adjudged to have fouled Chris McCann.

Defender Hird completed a miserable afternoon by putting through his own net in stoppage time.

The result means Burnley move to within three points of the top six at the season”s halfway point, while Doncaster, who hit the post through Billy Sharp before half-time, remainin the relegation zone two points from safety.

Winger Junior Stanislas came into the Burnley starting XI as Marvin Bartley dropped to the bench.

El Hadji Diouf, fresh from signingan 18-month contract extension at the Keepmoat Stadium, returned to theDoncaster side following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, while defender Pascal Chimbonda recovered sufficiently from his hip problem to earn a place among the substitutes.

Doncaster started on the front foot, but a cleverly worked Burnley corner in the ninth minute ended with Rovers defender Herita Ilunga clearing Rodriguez”s effort off the line.

Eddie Howe”s side started to bombard the visitors” area and Rodriguez”s header was off target from Ben Mee”s long throw before James O”Connor got in the way of a goalboundStanislas shot.

Rovers weathered the storm and James Coppinger might have given them the lead with half an hour gone, only to hesitate on receipt of Diouf”s pass before firing over from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes before the interval Hird and Clarets skipper McCann came together in the area and, after some hesitation, referee David Webb pointed to the spot.

Rodriguez made no mistake from 12 yards, drilling straight down the middle for his 12th goal of the season.

Doncaster almost found an instant response as a measured move ended with Sharp”s glancing header from Brian Stock”s cross striking the post.

Gary Woods was sharply out of his goal to stop Paterson doubling Burnley”s lead, while Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes should have ensured matters were all square at the break when he side-footed wide from close range.

Woods was forced to extinguish trouble of his own making seven minutes into the second half as Rodriguez pounced to dispossess Simon Gillet from the goalkeeper”s poor clearance and drew a sharp save with a well hit drive.

Coppinger unleashed a dipping volley in the 25th minute that a backpedalling Lee Grant superbly tipped around the post.

As Doncaster pushed for an equaliser, gaps were starting to appear for Burnley on the break and Ross Wallace drilled into the side netting after been driven wide by Habib Beye.

The second goal arrived in the 84th minute as Beye”s headed clearance was thundered against the crossbar by Rodriguez and, with Woods prone, Paterson reacted quickest to nod into an empty net.

James Hayter replaced a frustratedDiouf and almost reduced the arrears in the closing minutes, but David Edgar hacked his close-range effort to safety.

Doncaster”s misery was complete instoppage when a searching Kieran Trippier cross was headed back across goal by Rodriguez and Hird put through his own goal.