A ROVERS return to better form is the wish of Doncaster fans after a dismal finale saw their side lose 3-0 at Middlesbrough, writes Graham Walker.
The home team ended the season on a high with a comfortable victory - rounding off a stirring end to the campaign from Tony Mowbray`s men.
Barry Robson’s first-half free-kick ensured a dismal finale to Rovers’ season, with Leroy Lita’s neat finish and debutant Adam Reach’s late goal adding to the South Yorkshire side’s woes.
Both sides started brightly, Doncaster’s John Oster clipping wide after four minutes. Marvin Emnes responded immediately for the hosts but drove his shot beyond Neil Sullivan’s goal.
Boro waited until the 13th minute to unleash a five-minute onslaught on Sullivan’s goal. Robson manoeuvred in acres of space to strike, but the former Leeds stopper caught well.
It appeared that beleaguered Doncaster, without a win in their previous 11 league outings, would head into the break with the psychological edge when Sullivan saved yet another fine effort from Lita.
However, when Wayne Thomas brought Lita down on the edge of the area, Robson stepped up to whip a free-kick into the net with 43 minutes played.
Doncaster were clutching at straws in the final throes, Sharp sending a tame effort into Steele’s arms in the 75 minute.
Nineteen-year-old Reach then made it a debut to remember deep into injury time, latching onto Kevin Thomson’s through ball and blasting home to condemn Rovers to 21st place, as Boro snatched the last spot in the top half of the table.
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FIXTURES, Saturday, May 7, 2011:
Championship (KO 12.45pm):
Swansea 4 Sheffield United 0 (HT:1-0)
Barnsley 1 Millwall 0 (HT:0-0)
Middlesbrough 3 Doncaster Rovers 0 (HT: 1-0)
League One (KO 3pm):
Sheffield Wed v Exeter (HT:1-0)
League Two (KO 3pm):
Chesterfield v Gillingham (HT: 1-0)
Rotherham United v Torquay (HT: 2-1)
Stevenage v Bury (HT: 2-2)