January 1, 2013
Rovers let it slip
Doncaster threw away a two-goal lead as Sheffield United battled back to earn a 2-2 draw and snatch a point they barely deserved.
The Blades looked threatening at the start and home goalkeeper Gary Woods did well to save an 11th-minute free-kick from defender Tony McMahon before Doncaster took charge.
Rovers striker Billy Paynter gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute when he slammed the ball home after visiting goalkeeper George Long had brought down David Syers.
The game was one-sided for long periods after that with Doncaster defenders Jamie McCombe and Rob Jones going close before striker Iain Hume hit the post early in the second half.
Syers made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute with a close-range header from winger David Cotterill's free-kick on the left.
The Blades had been disappointing until then, but Nick Blackman gave them a lifeline they hardly deserved when he scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after Andy Griffin had brought down Blades defender Joe Ironside.
Rovers finished with 10 men after Paynter was sent off for a foul on McMahon off the ball in the 87th minute and United cashed in with a last-gasp equaliser when Dave Kitson fired home in a crowded penalty box after visiting defender Matthew Hill had hit the post.
|Doncaster Rovers||Sheffield United|
|33 Gary Woods||25 George Long|
|2 Paul Quinn||6 Matthew Hill|
|5 Robert Jones||4 Danny Higginbotham|
|16 Jamie McCombe||29 Tony McMahon|
|14 Tommy Spurr||32 Terry Kennedy|
|11 David Cotterill||8 Michael Doyle|
|30 Paul Keegan||11 Kevin McDonald|
|6 Dave Syers||7 Ryan Flynn|
|8 Billy Paynter||27 Elliott Whitehouse|
|17 Iain Hume||14 Dave Kitson|
|23 Kyle Bennett||10 Nick Blackman|
|13 Jonathan Maxted||Danny Coyne 35|
|19 Andy Griffin||Marcus Williams 30|
|4 Shelton Martis||Darryl Westlake 2|
|3 James Husband||Joe Ironside 24|
|20 James Harper||David McAllister 16|
|26 James Coppinger||Richard Cresswell 17|
|25 Jordan Ball||John Cofie 19|
|Andy Griffin for Paul Quinn (64)||John Cofie for Elliott Whitehouse (53)|
|James Coppinger for Kyle Bennett (76)||Joe Ironside for Ryan Flynn (73)|
|Shelton Martis for Iain Hume (83)|
|Robert Jones (30)||George Long (18)|
|Andy Griffin (79)||Matthew Hill (31)|
|Elliott Whitehouse (50)|
|Kevin McDonald (90)|
|Billy Paynter (87)|
|· Squads: Doncaster Rovers | Sheffield United|