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Wolves 1 Cardiff 2 – match report: Fraizer Campbell scores both goals for Championship leaders

Wolves 1 Cardiff 2: Campbell bags brace for leaders as Molineux misery continues

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

16:10 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 24 February 2013

Frazier Campbell’s headed double ensured Cardiff would have something to crow about this weekend as Dean Saunders’ nightmare start as Wolves manager showed little sign of ending.

Former Manchester United trainee Campbell pounced in each half to extend his side’s advantage over the Championship’s chasing pack to eight points on an afternoon when rivals Swansea grabbed the limelight at Wembley.

Campbell, a 650,000 signing from Sunderland in January, took his tally to five goals in as many games for his new club on a weekend when Cardiff increased their lead at the top of the division following Hull City’s demise at Bolton.

Brace: Fraizer Campbell scored two goals as the Championship leaders won at Molineux

Brace: Fraizer Campbell scored two goals as the Championship leaders won at Molineux

MATCH FACTS

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Batth (Ebanks-Blake 46), Johnson, Gorkss, Doherty (Foley 78), Doumbia (Doyle 46), Henry, O'Hara, Robinson,
Sako, Sigurdarson.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Edwards, Ward, Davis.

Booked: Doherty.

Goals: Sako 70.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson (McNaughton 75), Turner, Taylor, Conway, Whittingham, Cowie (Kim 80), Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 82).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Noone, Mutch, Mason.

Booked: Whittingham.

Goals: Campbell 20, 67.

Att: 20,930

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

Championship table, fixtures and results

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said he was not surprised by his signing’s impact. ‘Fraizer needed to get football back into his life,’ said Mackay. ‘The quality of the boy I remember scoring goals for Hull City has not diminished. He needed us and we needed him.

‘Did I expect him to hit the ground running Yes, I did.’

Saunders’ use of a five-man defence backfired in the first half, with Cardiff establishing a grip in the 20th minute. Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw was flicked on by Ben Turner and Campbell headed home from inside the six-yard box.

Saunders brought on Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at half-time, but Craig Bellamy’s inswinging cross in the 67th minute left Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme stranded in no man’s land after leaving his line and Campbell finished at the far post.

Bakary Sako’s deflected free-kick three minutes later made a game of it and Ebanks-Blake sidefooted a shot into the ground and over the bar with the goal gaping following Sako’s 70-yard run late on.

Lead: Campbell heads past Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Lead: Campbell heads past Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Saunders, yet to win in eight games
since arriving at Molineux but hoping to sign Reading striker Simon
Church on loan, said: ‘We made two catastrophic mistakes. We conceded a
goal from a long throw — and I walked them through how to defend it
yesterday. As a manager, it’s the sort of thing that keeps you awake at
night.’

Hope: Bakary Sako scored for Wolves with 20 minutes to play at Molineux

Hope: Bakary Sako scored for Wolves with 20 minutes to play at Molineux

Dean Saunders to speak to Wolves

Saunders set for quick Wolves appointment as Doncaster boss heads for talks

– Mick McCarthy

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012 – Terry Connor

Jul 2012 – Jan 2013 – Stale Solbakken

Their defeat by Luton Town was the final straw following a series of incidents which have suggested all is not well at Molineux.

Paint was tipped over Solbakken's car last month and he openly admitted having fierce discussions with Wolves' players in the dressing-room following a series of defeats both before and after Christmas.

A club statement read: 'Wolves have announced Stale Solbakken has left the club with immediate effect.

'The club has also terminated the contracts of Johan Lange, assistant manager and Patrick Weiser, first-team coach.'

Kevin Thelwell, head of football development and recruitment, will take charge of first-team training until Saunders is appointed.

Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Overwhelmed: Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Billy Joe Saunders beats Nick Blackwell to keep Commonwealth middleweight title and win British belt

Classy Saunders beats Blackwell to add British belt to Commonwealth title

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UPDATED:

02:54 GMT, 16 December 2012

Billy Joe Saunders retained his Commonwealth middleweight title and added the vacant British belt to his growing collection with a unanimous points win over Nick Blackwell.

The former Olympian, who remains undefeated after 16 professional contests, was forced to dig deep during the middle rounds but his class was reflected by scores of 117-112, 116-113 and 115-114 on the judges' cards.

Blackwell, who was fighting for the British strap for the second time, provided a stern test for the 23-year-old, but faded in the second half of the fight.

Champion: Billy Joe Saunders celebrates with his belts after victory over Nick Blackwell

Champion: Billy Joe Saunders celebrates with his belts after victory over Nick Blackwell

Saunders, 22, was fighting for the fourth time in a busy 2012 but only once had he been pushed, when winning a unanimous decision over Bradley Pryce in June.

In winning the vacant Commonwealth strap in April, Tony Hill was brutally dispatched in just 30 seconds at the Royal Albert Hall.

Unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher last slightly longer when he made the trip to London but only until the second round when he too was stopped.

Blackwell's only previous defeat meanwhile came against world title challenger Martin Murray who faces WBC champion Sergio Martinez in Argentina next spring.

The 22-year-old emerged via the unlicensed circuit, winning all 18 of his fights before turning professional in 2009.

Since losing to Murray last summer, Blackwell had stopped his four subsequent opponents, most recently Mikheil Khutsishvili in May.

After a tense opening to the first round, Saunders began to exert control, landing with several flurries while Blackwell struggled to manoeuvre himself into position with his jab.

Saunders' pressure punching looked to be
taking its toll but Blackwell began to find his range towards the end of
the third stanza as he took advantage of Saunders' low right hand to
land several effective jabs.

Growing in confidence, the Trowbridge fighter began to move downstairs with his left hand and by the fourth round, an evenly-matched contest had developed.

And as a thrilling fight reached the
halfway stage, Blackwell was producing the more eye-catching
combinations as Saunders was forced on to the ropes and his right eye
began to redden.

Resistance: Blackwell put up a strong defence but Saunders deserved to take the fight on points

Resistance: Blackwell put up a strong defence but Saunders deserved to take the fight on points

Saunders' rod-like right jab proved effective in keeping Blackwell at bay in the seventh but the challenger was intent on stalking his opponent around the ring and had no hesitation in trading toe-to-toe.

Having boxed just one round since March, Blackwell began to tire in the eighth session as Saunders regained control of the bout. Although the ninth round was punctuated by solid jabs from Blackwell, it was the champion who stretched his lead on the scorecards with ever-more punishing combinations.

Aside from sporadic attacks to the body, Blackwell was also second best in the tenth round and was repeatedly beaten to the punch in round 10 while missing with shots of his own. Saunders took his foot off the gas in the penultimate round, perhaps aware that hearing the final bell would assure him of victory.

But Blackwell threatened to spoil the party in the last round as a punishing body shot momentarily stopped Saunders in his tracks but a barnstorming final two minutes failed to deliver a knockout blow.

Saunders was pleased to have been taken 12 rounds.

'Nick was very, very game and those rounds will hold me in good stead for the future. I've moved on to the next level,' he said.

Earlier in the evening, Liam Smith and Steve O'Meara both played their part in an enthralling contest for the vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title, with Liverpudlian Smith winning by unanimous decision.

One of four boxing brothers, the 24-year-old looked set for an early finish when a left hook to the body had O'Meara, 28, on the canvas as the bell went for the end of the opening session.

The home favourite beat the count and showed no ill-effects but Smith's superior work rate and punishing blows saw him open up a commanding lead.

Despite trailing by large margins, O'Meara was far from outclassed and had plenty in reserve to contribute to a thrilling final round in which both boxers went toe-to-toe.

But having been unable to land the knockout blow, O'Meara lost for the third time in his career by scores of 112-116, 110-118 and 112-116.

Tough test: Blackwell impressed in defeat as he took Saunders to the final bell

Tough test: Blackwell impressed in defeat as he took Saunders to the final bell

Tony Conquest lost his unbeaten record, and his WBO International cruiserweight belt, when he was knocked out in less than two minutes by Neil Dawson.

Conquest started brightly but just as the contest was warming up, he was floored by a sharp left-right combination to the head and failed to beat the referee's count.

Bradley Skeete delivered the best performance of his career to win the Southern Area welterweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of Chas Symonds.

Skeete struggled to a laboured points victory over journeyman Peter McDonagh in September but produced a vastly-improved showing against Symonds.

Boxing behind the jab, the 25-year-old floored his opponent in the second round courtesy of a vicious left hook to the body.

Symonds, 30, had no trouble beating the count but Skeete began to land his right hand with alarming regularity and by the fourth round, Symonds' left eye was almost closed shut.

The doctor cleared him to continue but yet another right hand delivered Symonds to the canvas for a second time and although he again rose quickly, the contest was waved off.

Crowd favourite Frank Buglioni enjoyed yet another early night when Ciaran Healy retired on his stool with an injured back at the end of the second round.

The rising star from Enfield enjoyed his fifth stoppage from seven fights – a left hook to the body doing the damage, sending the Irishman to the floor before his corner called it a day.

Finally, Mitchell Smith needed less than four rounds to stop Estonian Igor Chuev in his fifth super-featherweight contest.

Smith, 20, had his opponent on the canvas in the third session but Chuev beat the count and although his corner threw in the towel seconds later, the referee opted to continue the contest.

But he did wave it off towards the end of the next round as Smith extended his unbeaten record.

Martin Murray to fight Jorge Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title

Murray gets shot at unbeaten Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title on Hatton undercard

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UPDATED:

20:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

Martin Murray will fight for the vacant WBA interim middleweight title against unbeaten Venezuelan Jorge Navarro on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback at the Manchester Arena on November 24.

The 30-year-old from St Helens has endured a frustrating year after drawing with then world champion Felix Sturm last December.

Murray has had only one fight since then, a points win over Frenchman Karim Achour in June, but hopes to get back on track with victory over Navarro.

Dangerous fight: Murray

Dangerous fight: Murray

'This is a dangerous fight,' he said. 'It has been tough getting an opponent, but Navarro is the only fighter ranked in the top 10 willing to fight me.'

Murray held the British title until recently and was ordered to face Commonwealth champion Billy Joe Saunders but that clash failed to materialise.

Subsequently, Murray was stripped of his title and Saunders will instead face Nick Blackwell for the vacant strap at the Excel Arena in London on December 15.

Since drawing with Murray last year, Sturm lost his WBA Super title to Australian Daniel Geale but he is set to be stripped of his newly-acquired honour after opting not to fight regular champion Gennadiy Golovkin.

Murray is ranked third by the WBA, four places above his younger opponent, and will hope that victory later this month will propel him into contention for title challenges.

Navarro has been a professional for six years but has fought just 12 times, stopping 10 of his opponents early with his last victory coming against Javier Gonzalez in August.

Chris Hughton dedicates Norwich win to John Bond

That was for you, John: Hughton dedicates narrow Norwich win to Bond

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 26 September 2012

Chris Hughton felt Norwich had paid a fitting tribute to former manager John Bond as they booked a place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 win over Doncaster at Carrow Road.

There had been a minute's silence before kick-off this evening in memory of the Canaries legend, who was in charge for a seven-season spell from the mid-1970s, leading the Norfolk club to the League Cup final.

Alexander Tettey marked his debut with a fine strike midway through the first half which proved enough to see off Dean Saunders' npower League One side and set up a home tie with Tottenham.

In front: Alexander Tettey (left) scored Norwich's winner against Doncaster

In front: Alexander Tettey (left) scored Norwich's winner against Doncaster

'When I came to this club in the summer, the first name you think of as former managers is John Bond,' Hughton said.

'If I am able to be at this club anywhere near as long as John was, then I would be incredibly lucky. He will be thought of very fondly by a lot of people.'

Hughton was part of the Tottenham side which played against Bond's Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final.

He added: 'It was fitting that Norwich won, but also there was a nice respect from the crowd for a minute's silence, and we also have to applaud the Doncaster support for that as well.'

Although there was a start for captain Grant Holt, who has yet to score this season, Hughton made the expected sweeping changes, with recent signings Jacob Butterfield and goalkeeper Mark Bunn both coming in, along with on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who was carried off in the second half with an ankle injury.

On the march: Norwich celebrate as they progress to the fourth round

On the march: Norwich celebrate as they progress to the fourth round

Norwich created plenty of chances, but were thwarted by Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods and some last-gasp defending.

'We should have had a few more goals, but it is not as if we had clear-cut chances,' said Hughton.

'At 1-0, they are still in the game, and then it can become a bit tense, so we could have made life easier for ourselves.'

Ghana-born Norway midfielder Tettey was signed from Rennes, but had to wait for his chance to showcase his talents.

'The 90 minutes was probably more important for him than the goal, and I was pleased for him because he did very well,' said Hughton.

Asked about the next cup tie against his former club, Hughton said: “It will be tough, but it will be a great occasion with a big crowd here against a quality Premier League team.

'We won't be favourites, but we will go into the tie doing the best we can to reach the quarter-finals.'

Norwich hope Kane's injury will not prove too severe.

'There was no contact with the keeper, he just fell as he went for the ball,' Hughton said.

'We are hoping the news in the morning will not be so bad.'

Blow: Harry Kane suffered an injury as Norwich edged out Doncaster

Blow: Harry Kane suffered an injury as Norwich edged out Doncaster

Doncaster almost snatched an equaliser with two minutes left after full-back James Husband darted down the left and his low centre was stabbed goalwards by substitute David Syers, when better contact would have seen the ball in the net rather than the grateful hands of Bunn.

Rovers boss Saunders claimed the South Yorkshire side had done enough to get a positive result.

He said: 'We have created 10 chances away from home, and have not scored. The killer instinct was missing. You have to be ruthless in front of goal. I am sick.

'I felt we could have won the game tonight because they were not at full strength.

'It was an upset waiting to happen. We created the chances, but never took them.'

Billy Joe Saunders beats Jarrod Fletcher in two rounds

Saunders saunters to victory with two round demolition of Fletcher in title defence

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 14 September 2012

Billy Joe Saunders stunned previously unbeaten Jarrod Fletcher inside two rounds to make a second defence of his Commonwealth middleweight title.

Saunders, 23, won the title in April with a brilliant win over Tony Hill in less than 30 seconds and he was again in imperious form at London's York Hall on Friday.

Fletcher, 28, had not tasted defeat in 12 professional contests but had no answer to Saunders' power.

Easy: Billy Joe Saunders saw off Jarrod Fletcher superbly

Easy: Billy Joe Saunders saw off Jarrod Fletcher superbly

Saunders had the upper hand in the first as he took the fight to the Queensland fighter, not allowing him to let fly with his renowned jab.

Fletcher, fighting outside of his homeland for the first time, looked to come forward in the second stanza but was rocked by a hard left.

Saunders laid siege to his beleaguered opponent and floored him with a flurry of blows. Fletcher beat the count but the fight was called off seconds later after another barrage from the champion.

No chance: Fletcher (left) beat the count but the fight was called off

No chance: Fletcher (left) beat the count but the fight was called off

Earlier in the evening, Bradley Skeete won his first title with a hard-fought points victory over Peter McDonagh to lift the British Masters welterweight belt.

Skeete controlled large swathes of the bout with his long jab but his opponent was more than prepared to come forward and caught the less experienced Penge fighter with some strong right hands.

No 1: Bradley Skeete won his first title

No 1: Bradley Skeete won his first title

But as the fight entered the latter rounds, Skeete began to dominate, slowing McDonagh with some punishing body shots and doing enough to win on the referee's card.

On the undercard, Enfield favourite Frank Buglioni had late replacement Joe Rea on the canvas three times before the referee called a halt to proceedings in the second round.

Smash: Skeete lands a blow on Peter McDonagh

Smash: Skeete lands a blow on Peter McDonagh

Lightweight Billy Morgan maintained his unbeaten record with a points win over Yousef Al Hamidi while Steve O'Meara floored Birmingham's Tony Randall in the third round to retain his Southern Area light-middleweight title.

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith made it three without loss with a four-round shutout over Pavel Senkovs while Gary Corcoran and Ediz Hussein won their respective contests.

George Groves cut sees Kenny Anderson clash scrapped

Groves Wembley showdown with Brit rival Anderson scrapped after cut

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UPDATED:

14:18 GMT, 2 August 2012

George Groves has been forced to withdraw from his proposed domestic showdown with Kenny Anderson on September 14 because of a cut.

Groves suffered the damage above his right eye in the third round of his stoppage victory over Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old dispatched Sierra in the sixth round, but the cut will prevent him from defending his British and Commonwealth titles against Anderson at Wembley Arena.

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

It is the latest injury setback for Groves, who until Sunday had been inactive since November because of back and nose injuries.

Following Groves' withdrawal the September 14 event, promoted by Frank Warren, will now take place at York Hall

Billy Joe Saunders has been promoted to the top of the bill with a mandatory defence of his Commonwealth middleweight tile Championship against unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher.

Doncaster 1 Birmingham 3: Marlon King has last laugh

Doncaster 1 Birmingham 3: King Marlon has last laugh at Rovers as Blues go fourth

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UPDATED:

21:15 GMT, 30 March 2012

Birmingham breathed fresh life into their npower Championship play-off ambitions with a comfortable victory which nudged Doncaster closer to relegation.

Blues had seen their campaign stutter in recent weeks with one win in eight going into the game, but a rampant performance ensured the points rightly returned to the second city.

Second-half goals from Chris Burke and Marlon King won it after David Murphy's header had earlier cancelled out Frederic Piquionne's first-half opener for Rovers.

Poacher: Marlon King scores Birmingham's third goal at the Keepmoat Stadium

Poacher: Marlon King scores Birmingham's third goal at the Keepmoat Stadium

The win, which could have been much heftier had King and Nikola Zigic not hit the woodwork, moves Blues up to fourth ahead of Saturday's games and they look a good bet to make the top six with seven games to play.

For Rovers, the writing is on the wall as nine games in March has yielded just one win, with no home victories in eight attempts – statistics which point to them being in League One next season.

The night had started so brightly for Dean Saunders' side, who had been called on to string some wins together in their quest for survival, as they enjoyed a perfect start, taking a fourth-minute lead.

No penalty: King went down in the box but was not awarded a spot kick for his troubles

No penalty: King went down in the box but was not awarded a spot kick for his troubles

Having worked the ball well down the right, Simon Gillett produced a delicious cross for Piquionne to power home his second goal for the club with a towering header.

Birmingham had been struggling of late and it was another below-par start. But they sprung into life and were within inches of levelling when King created space for himself and fired against the underside of the bar.

Rovers cleared the ball, but from the resulting corner there was no escape as Zigic's header was parried by Carl Ikeme and Murphy climbed highest to nod the rebound home and level matters in the 15th minute.

Furious: King exploded with anger after being booked by the referee for diving

Furious: King exploded with anger after being booked by the referee for diving

It was quickly becoming the visitors' game for the taking and a spell of concerted pressure led to controversy just after the half-hour mark as King raced clear and as he rounded Ikeme he appeared to be caught by the goalkeeper.

The striker initially opted to stay on his feet, until he lost control of the ball then went down and was subsequently booked for diving. Blues were causing real threat and Rovers had another major let-off when Zigic somehow poked against the post from five yards out after good work by Chris Burke.

The hosts will have been glad to get to half-time, but the early part of the second half offered no respite as Ikeme made a fine save to deny Zigic after the Serbian striker's first effort had been blocked.

Back of the net: David Murphy (left) turns away to celebrate after scoring for Birmingham

Back of the net: David Murphy (left) turns away to celebrate after scoring for Birmingham

After all the Birmingham pressure, it should have been Doncaster that regained their lead just before the hour-mark as they spurned two golden chances within a minute. First Fabien Robert burst into the penalty area and teed up Gillett, but his effort was bravely blocked by Boaz Myhill and then Diouf struck over from 16 yards.

But the inevitable Blues second eventually arrived four minutes later with a moment of real quality from Burke, who cut inside and curled a left-footed effort into the corner from 25 yards.

Birmingham continued to threaten and put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go when King finished with aplomb after Murphy's pinged cross-field assist.

Giles Barnes wanted by Everton, West Ham and Swansea

Swansea, Everton and West Ham enter race to sign Doncaster star Barnes

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 26 March 2012

Former England Under-21 international Giles Barnes will spark a transfer scramble amongst a clutch of Premier League clubs in the summer.

Wanted: Doncaster midfielder Giles Barnes

Wanted: Doncaster midfielder Giles Barnes

A host of top-flight sides are keeping tabs on the Doncaster midfielder with a view to a move ahead of next season.

Swansea and Everton are among the clubs who have sent scouts to watch Barnes in recent weeks, while promotion chasers West Ham are also taking an interest.

Barnes’ displays for Dean Saunders’ side have also attracted interest from overseas with Sampdoria and Lorient also tracking the former West Bromwich and Derby man.

The promising midfielder’s career has stalled in recent seasons due to a cruciate ligament injury which kept him on the sidelines for 18 months.

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But Barnes finally looks to be over his injury problems and has been a regular at the Keepmoat Stadium this season.

The 23-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and will be available on a free transfer.

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3: Lions tear relegation rivals to pieces

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 20 March 2012

Beleaguered Doncaster moved a step closer to relegation from the npower Championship as fellow strugglers Millwall significantly boosted their own survival hopes by coasting to victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kenny Jackett's men were gifted a healthy advantage inside the opening 13 minutes, the unmarked Andy Keogh heading his fourth goal in six games before Harry Kane doubled the lead with a speculative strike from distance that deceived Carl Ikeme.

A lacklustre Rovers outfit were unable to respond and Millwall wrapped up the points shortly before the hour mark through Darius Henderson's 19th goal of the season in all competitions.

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory

MATCH FACTS

Doncaster: Ikeme, O'Connor, Spurr, Hird, Beye, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger (Dumbuya 77), Diouf, (Robert 78), Hayter (Oster 57), Piquionne

Subs not used: Woods, Bagayoko

Booked: Diouf

Millwall: Taylor, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Henry (Feeney 67), Abdou, Wright (Montgomery 88), Henderson, Keogh, Kane

Subs not used: Forde, Dunne, Bouazza

Goals: Keogh 8, Kane 13, Henderson 58

Booked: Robinson

Referee: Attwell

Attendance: 7,572

The Lions now sit nine points clear of the drop zone, but Doncaster are four adrift of safety with games running out – and the manner of this defeat will only serve to increase the pressure on manager Dean Saunders, who was subjected to criticism from sections of the home support.

Shelton Martis, Pascal Chimbonda and Kyle Bennett all dropped out of the Rovers squad, with Sam Hird, James O'Connor and James Hayter taking their places in the starting XI.

Millwall recalled Tony Craig and on-loan Tottenham youngster Kane in place of Alan Dunne and Hameur Bouazza, who were each named among the substitutes alongside new loan signing Nick Montgomery.

After a dire opening, the away side took the lead through their first meaningful attack in the eighth minute.

James Henry was allowed to progress unchallenged down the right and his excellent cross picked out former Wolves striker Keogh, who made no mistake from six yards.

Things swiftly went from bad to worse for Doncaster when Ikeme failed to keep out a powerful long-range effort from Kane that appeared to go through the hands of the goalkeeper.

Ikeme was at least able to get his body behind a low shot from Henry in the 18th minute, but Millwall continued to cut through their opponents' defence with ease, Kane volleying wide moments later.

Surprisingly, Tommy Spurr represented Rovers' greatest attacking threat prior to the interval, the full-back twice cutting in from the left before narrowly missing the target on each occasion.

Visiting goalkeeper Maik Taylor remained untroubled and his side were soon back on the front foot at the start of the second half.

A fierce strike from Henry was kept out by a combination of the woodwork and Ikeme, who then produced a superb one-handed save to thwart Henderson.

Millwall's top scorer would not be denied for much longer and added a third for his side in the 58th minute when he met another fine ball from Henry with a deft finish at the near post.

Frederic Piquionne went close for Rovers soon after, but Taylor was not called into action until the 79th minute, when Giles Barnes headed tamely towards goal to prompt ironic cheers from Doncaster's frustrated fans.