Doncaster slipped to the bottom of the Championship despite coming from behind to earn a draw at Crystal Palace.

Rovers were staring at a fourth straight defeat after Jermaine Easter put the home side ahead.

But Chris Brown swept in a leveller for the strugglers just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.

A point does little for either as Rovers dropped to bottom spot after Portsmouth's win over Hull, while Palace are now six points off the play-offs.

Doncaster did not start the game like a side battling against the drop as they took the game to their London hosts. However, on-loan West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne spurned a trio of decent chances to give them the lead.

Palace's cause was not helped by early injuries with defender Paul McShane and then his replacement, Anthony Gardner, both limping out of the action within the first 25 minutes.

The home side mustered only one effort of note in the first half but Gardner's replacement Glenn Murray saw his shot saved by Rovers keeper Carl Ikeme.

However, with their first real chance after the break, Palace took the lead as Wilfried Zaha drilled the ball across to leave Easter with a tap-in at the near post.

Rovers sent on Brown and the former Sunderland trainee, who has missed most of the season through injury, made an immediate impact on only his second appearance since August.

El-Hadji Diouf's cross was only half-cleared by Nathaniel Clyne and returned by the head of Piquionne. Palace defender Paddy McCarthy failed to clear and Brown crashed the ball in from close range to earn his side a point.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman: "We're not strong enough for the play-offs, we are still growing as a club and we will be ready one day - but I don't know when yet.

"When we lost our centre-halves I would probably have taken a point, but when you go one up you expect to win the game.

"However you have to give credit to Doncaster, they dug in and got a point."

Doncaster manager Dean Saunders:

"It is a disappointing result. We could have been 5-0 up after 15 minutes. I lost count of the chances we had.

"But for all the football we played what counts is what happens in each box and we didn't do enough.

"It's about results and we are making it harder for ourselves, that game was there for the taking."

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90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:25

Wilfried Zaha produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +3:17

Free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.

90:00 +3:17 Booking

Booking The referee books George Friend for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Friend on Wilfried Zaha.

90:00 +2:48

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.

90:00 +0:48

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Herita Ilunga gets a block in.

88:44

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by El-Hadji Diouf.

88:26

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Kagisho Dikgacoi gets a block in.

87:48

Effort from outside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes wide right of the goal.

87:25

Habib Beye takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.

86:35

The ball is sent over by Chris Martin, blocked by Adam Lockwood.

86:13

Wilfried Zaha sends in a cross, clearance by Adam Lockwood.

84:47

Corner from the left by-line taken by El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Moxey by George Friend. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

84:41

The ball is sent over by Herita Ilunga, Darren Ambrose gets a block in.

83:54

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf takes the free kick.

82:46

Free kick crossed right-footed by Darren Ambrose from right wing.

82:46 Booking

Booking Caution for Herita Ilunga.

82:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Herita Ilunga.

82:15

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Nathaniel Clyne makes a clearance.

80:47

Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

80:33

El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance made by Julian Speroni.

79:33 Substitution

Substitution Darren Ambrose replaces Jonathan Williams.

79:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Wilfried Zaha. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.

77:50 Booking

Booking Chris Brown booked for unsporting behaviour.

76:17

Unfair challenge on Dean Moxey by Chris Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

75:06

Habib Beye provided the assist for the goal.

75:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Brown - C Palace 1 - 1 Doncaster Chris Brown grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-1 Doncaster.

74:49

A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.

73:24

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution Chris Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Keegan.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution Fabien Robert leaves the field to be replaced by Giles Barnes.

71:09

Habib Beye has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

70:04

Chris Martin takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

68:00

The ball is delivered by John Oster, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

66:37

Adam Lockwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

66:27

Habib Beye crosses the ball, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

65:47

Unfair challenge on George Friend by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.

65:08

The ball is swung over by Paul Keegan.

64:00

Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Williams. Jonathan Williams takes the free kick.

62:40

The ball is sent over by Herita Ilunga, Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

62:07

Jermaine Easter takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

61:02

The ball is delivered by Simon Gillett, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

57:55

Corner taken by Chris Martin from the left by-line, Header from close range by Glenn Murray misses to the right of the goal.

56:32

Assist on the goal came from Wilfried Zaha.

56:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine Easter - C Palace 1 - 0 Doncaster Jermaine Easter finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Doncaster.

55:30

El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

55:03

The ball is delivered by Wilfried Zaha, Chris Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Lockwood.

53:57

Habib Beye delivers the ball, clearance made by Chris Martin.

53:24 Booking

Booking Chris Martin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

53:17

Unfair challenge on Paul Keegan by Chris Martin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

52:51

Chris Martin takes the free kick.

52:51 Booking

Booking John Oster receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

52:37

John Oster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha.

51:48

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

49:54

Jermaine Easter concedes a free kick for a foul on Herita Ilunga. Free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.

49:37

Foul by Paul Keegan on Nathaniel Clyne, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

48:59

The ball is delivered by Fabien Robert, save by Julian Speroni.

47:58

A cross is delivered by John Oster, George Friend has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

47:45

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short.

47:27

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, blocked by Nathaniel Clyne.

47:05

El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.

45:47

Effort from outside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes wide right of the goal.

45:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Easter. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:11 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilfried Zaha on El-Hadji Diouf. Adam Lockwood takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:36

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a save.

45:00 +0:16

Nathaniel Clyne takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Adam Lockwood gets a block in.

42:33

The referee blows for offside. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

38:40

Stuart O'Keefe sends in a cross, Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. George Friend gets a block in.

37:59

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Martin from the left by-line, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.

37:47

The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha, George Friend gets a block in.

37:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on John Oster. Habib Beye takes the free kick.

36:35

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

36:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabien Robert by Stuart O'Keefe. Herita Ilunga takes the indirect free kick.

35:35

Dean Moxey restarts play with the free kick.

35:35 Substitution

Substitution Pascal Chimbonda leaves the field to be replaced by George Friend.

35:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Oster on Glenn Murray.

33:01

The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, Stuart O'Keefe manages to make a clearance.

29:55

Foul by Simon Gillett on Jonathan Williams, free kick awarded. Dean Moxey takes the indirect free kick.

28:08

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf.

27:18

Glenn Murray challenges John Oster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Lockwood takes the free kick.

26:23

Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

25:09

Stuart O'Keefe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye. John Oster crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Julian Speroni manages to make a clearance.

24:36

The referee blows for offside against Jermaine Easter. Habib Beye takes the free kick.

24:28

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Williams.

22:57 Substitution

Substitution Glenn Murray comes on in place of Anthony Gardner.

22:57

The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

20:37

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short.

20:24

The ball is swung over by Frederic Piquionne, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

19:42

Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Paul Keegan results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Moxey.

19:19

The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.

18:24

Frederic Piquionne produces a right-footed shot from close in and hits the post.

14:57

The ball is swung over by Simon Gillett, Headed effort on goal by Frederic Piquionne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

13:49

Simon Gillett produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

12:46

Jonathan Williams takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

12:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

11:21

The ball is sent over by John Oster, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.

10:50

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take a short corner.

9:20

Paul Keegan challenges Jonathan Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Martin from left channel.

6:58

Fabien Robert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter. Chris Martin takes the free kick.

5:33

Free kick taken by Dean Moxey.

5:33 Substitution

Substitution Paul McShane leaves the field to be replaced by Anthony Gardner.

5:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Habib Beye on Jermaine Easter.

2:59

The ball is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, Fabien Robert takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

1:02

Dean Moxey fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.

0:00

The game begins.

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