Hayter hero in late show

Saver: Rovers celebrate James Hayter's equaliser against Coventry at the Keepmoat Stadium  last night.                    Picture: Steve Taylor
Saver: Rovers celebrate James Hayter's equaliser against Coventry at the Keepmoat Stadium last night. Picture: Steve Taylor
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JAMES Hayter salvaged a vital point for Doncaster Rovers in a 1-1 draw against fellow Championship strugglers Coventry City in front of the lowest crowd of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Hayter dashed Coventry’s hopes of their first away win since late November with his 89th minute goal, following good work by skipper Brian Stock.

“It was nice to be back and nice to see the ball nestling in the back of the net,” said Hayter, “It looked as though we weren’t going to get anything from the game, so we’ll take a point.”.

The Sky Blues had taken the lead with a 22nd minute goal by Freddie Eastwood.

Said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly: “Is it two points dropped or one gained? I suppose you would have to say the latter in view of the fact that we needed a late goal.

“But if you look at the second half and the spirit we showed and the opportunities we created it was probably two points dropped. We could have won it in stoppage time.”

“It must have been an awful first half to watch. They took the lead and slowed the game down, although we were unlucky not to score and it took a great save to deny Brian Stock.

“We also had claims for a penalty turned down. We spoke at half-time about raising our tempo and I thought we did that in the second half.”

Billy Sharp is likely to have surgery on his hernia after leaving the ground on crutches.