MATCH REPORT: Norwich City 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Setback: Norwich City's Grant Holt scores the opening goal of the game last night against the flow of play.  Picture: PA/Stephen Pond
Setback: Norwich City's Grant Holt scores the opening goal of the game last night against the flow of play. Picture: PA/Stephen Pond
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DONCASTER Rovers picked up their first ever point at the Aviva Stadium, coming from behind to share the spoils with the high-flying Canaries.

An own goal from a late corner earned injury-hit Rovers, who produced a battling display, their first point in five games.

Rovers showed just one change to their starting line-up, skipper Brian Stock returning to the side after missing the previous two games with a back problem.

Youth teamers Brad Grayson and James Husband, included in the squad for the first time, were on the bench

The home lined up with the same side that had started in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.

New loan signing from Blackpool, Rob Edwards, started on the bench.

Rovers began the game with Sam Hird at right-back and George Friend operating at centre-back for the first time for the club.

Rovers made a lively start and enjoyed the better of the opening five or six minutes.

Mills made a strong break out of his own half on seven minutes and picked out on loan striker Jason Euell wide out on the right, but the move fizzled out when the Blackpool man was fouled.

Franck Moussa went close to giving Rovers a 12th minute lead after being fed by John Oster – his angled shot ending up on the top of the net after being deflected for a corner.

Rovers continued to look dangerous when pushing forward – in complete contrast to Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Swansea where they never even had a shot at goal.

Norwich were playing with plenty of width, but the Rovers’ defence had looked solid in the first quarter and keeper Neil Sullivan hadn’t had much work to do.

Rovers were keeping the ball well and moving it about in eye-pleasing fashion at times and could be pleased with their efforts in the first half-hour.

But their hopes suffered a setback a minute later when Norwich took the lead against the run of play. Left-back Adam Drury pumped a ball into the box and skipper Grant Holt poked it home from close range at the far post.

The Canaries had the momentum for the next few minutes, but Rovers battled back and forced a couple of corners to give their travelling fans fresh heart.

There was a let off for Rovers on 44 minutes when Holt, who had proved a handful, shot over from just outside the six-yard box after Drury had done well down the left and pulled back the ball for the big striker.

A shot by Aaron Wilbraham, which Sullivan looked to have covered, struck Hird and almost went in.

Wilbraham threatened again a minute later, his shot from the edge of the box flashing past the far post.

Moussa tested City keeper John Ruddy with a low 20 yarder.

Mills and Moussa, the latter winning Rovers a free-kick just outside the box, both caused problems for City.

Sullivan came off his line to beat Holt to left-wing cross and punch clear.

Holt got the better of Mills when challenging for another cross into the box only to shoot high wide from a good position.

Rovers made a change on the hour, Dean Shiels replacing Stock.

Sullivan kept Rovers in the game when blocking a close-range far post header by Andrew Crofts, following good work by Holt and Russell Martin in the build-up.

Holt just failed to get on the end of Wilbraham’s near-post header from David Fox’s free-kick af the far post.

It was all Norwich at this stage and Crofts should have done better from just outside the box after being set up by Holt.

John Oster shot over with a long-range attempt on 73 minutes.

Rovers drew level on 83 minutes when Drury headed into his own net defending Oster’s corner.

The shell-shocked Canaries stormed back into the attack only to find Sullivan on top of his game.

Euell had a difficult chance to put Rovers ahead from Hird’s cross before the Doncaster goal came under more pressure.