DONCASTER Rovers let their lead slip to lose the big Yorkshire derby 5-2 away against arch rivals Leeds United, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
Leeds got their Championship promotion push back on track as Max Gradel and Jonny Howson each scored twice. Luciano Becchio’s eight-yard strike also propelled United to victiory
Gradel opened the scoring for Leeds only for Rovers goal hero Billy Sharp to find an equaliser at the second attempt just before half-time.
Rovers took the lead with Frank Moussa’s close-range finish early in the second half - but it was against the run of play.
And a minute later Howson’s 22-yard shot levelled matters.
Becchio, Gradel and Howson piled on the agony for Rovers, punished for poor defending.
It was a deserved win for Leeds, who are now the Championship’s top scorers but their own defensive frailties were exposed at times, giving Doncaster hope until the final 20-minutes.
Injury ravaged Rovers remain on 42 points from 35 games and in 17th place they are still in danger of ending the season in a relegation battle. Leeds have 57 points, four clear of seventh placed Burnley, who have two games in hand.
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Results: Saturday, March 5, 2011:
Portsmouth 1 Sheff Utd 0
Derby 0 Barnsley 0
Leeds 5 Doncaster 2
Sheff Wed 2 Plymouth 4
Cheltenham 0 Chesterfield 3
Rotherham United 0 Barnet 0