Doncaster 1-3 Middlesbrough

Doncaster striker Billy Sharp opened the scoring on an emotional night at the Keepmoat Stadium, but Middlesbrough came from behind to win.

Before kick-off Rovers announced that captain Sharp's two-day-old son had died on Saturday. The striker's response was to dedicate a stunning early volley to his memory.

Barry Robson's drive restored parity, and a mistake by Neil Sullivan allowed Marvin Emnes to grab a second.

Robson sealed the win with a penalty.

A minute's applause marked the tragically short life of Sharp's little boy Luey before kick-off and the forward sent fans at the Keepmoat Stadium into raptures when he netted a stunning dipping volley inside the first 15 minutes.

Sharp goal was fitting tribute - Mowbray

Sharp, who was named captain for the night, revealed a message to his son on a T-shirt underneath his Doncaster strip as he ran towards the home fans in celebration and referee Darren Deadman did not issue a yellow card.

Boro pulled level after 30 minutes when Robson was allowed a free run towards the Doncaster goal and he drove a 20-yard effort into the bottom corner.

impressed in the opening exchanges, but an early strike was dealt with comfortably by Steele.

Tony Mowbray's side upped the tempo and were ahead in first-half stoppage time when Scott McDonald released Faris Haroun down the right. The Belgian's low cross was met by Emnes, whose close-range effort was weak but Sullivan fumbled and the ball trickled into his empty net.

Doncaster Rovers team
Doncaster players pay their respects before kick-off

Boro's third came with 66 minutes gone when former Scotland international Sullivan failed to hold a drive from Emnes, and although he managed to thwart Robson's follow-up, in the ensuing melee Pascal Chimbonda bundled Tony McMahon to the floor and referee Deadman pointed to the spot.

Sullivan guessed correctly, but Robson's well-struck penalty to the goalkeeper's left comfortably found the net.

Doncaster looked to respond late on through George Friend, who saw two long-range efforts well saved.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Doncaster

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 03 Friend Booked
  • 04 Martis
  • 05 Naylor Booked
  • 31 Ilunga
  • 39 Chimbonda Booked
  • 13 Mason (Coppinger - 59' )
  • 18 Gillett
  • 10 Sharp
  • 12 Hayter (Bennett - 59' )
  • 19 Diouf (Barnes - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 38 Maxted
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 17 Barnes
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 23 Bennett

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte (Haroun - 22' )
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Bates
  • 06 McManus Booked
  • 14 Williams
  • 29 McMahon
  • 10 Bailey Booked (Arca - 70' )
  • 17 Robson
  • 07 McDonald
  • 09 Emnes (Zemmama - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Zemmama
  • 18 Arca
  • 38 Haroun
  • 11 Kink
  • 16 Ogbeche
Ref: Deadman
Att: 9,792

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

3 7

Corners

5 4

Fouls

13 9

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90:00 +4:57

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Giles Barnes, George Friend takes a shot.

90:00 +4:52

The ball is crossed by Giles Barnes, blocked by Joe Bennett.

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:17

Richard Naylor has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +2:36

George Friend fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Gillett takes the direct free kick.

87:25

Headed effort from inside the area by Shelton Martis misses to the left of the target.

84:09

Tony McMahon fouled by Herita Ilunga, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from right wing, clearance made by Giles Barnes.

83:05 Substitution

Substitution Merouane Zemmama replaces Marvin Emnes.

82:21

Centre by Barry Robson, Pascal Chimbonda gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Shelton Martis.

81:13

Scott McDonald produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

79:36

Effort from the edge of the area by Giles Barnes goes wide of the right-hand upright.

77:39

Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Naylor. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.

77:10

George Friend has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

76:13

Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by James Coppinger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

75:28

Herita Ilunga produces a cross.

74:25

James Coppinger takes a shot. Matthew Bates gets a block in.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Giles Barnes comes on in place of El-Hadji Diouf.

72:19

Shot from outside the area by Kyle Bennett misses to the left of the goal.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Julio Arca coming on for Nicky Bailey.

68:58

Effort from the edge of the area by George Friend goes wide of the right-hand upright.

67:36

Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson from right wing, save by Neil Sullivan.

67:36 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Pascal Chimbonda for dissent.

67:19 Booking

Booking Nicky Bailey booked for dissent.

66:11

Shelton Martis challenges Nicky Bailey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:35

Tony McMahon provided the assist for the goal.

65:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Barry Robson - Doncaster 1 - 3 Middlesbro Penalty taken left-footed by Barry Robson and scored. Doncaster 1-3 Middlesbrough.

63:38

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan. Pascal Chimbonda concedes a Penalty for a foul on Tony McMahon.

61:23

Shelton Martis concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Steele. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.

61:12

A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Jason Steele makes a save.

60:59

Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.

58:27 Substitution

Substitution (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with Kyle Bennett coming on for James Hayter.

58:27 Substitution

Substitution James Coppinger replaces Ryan Mason.

56:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Mason played to the near post, Marvin Emnes manages to make a clearance.

56:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Stephen McManus. Free kick taken by George Friend.

55:56

The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

55:34

James Hayter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

55:04

Barry Robson crosses the ball, Faris Haroun produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

53:38

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.

52:35

Marvin Emnes produces a cross, save by Neil Sullivan.

49:05

Barry Robson takes the free kick.

49:05 Booking

Booking George Friend goes into the book.

49:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Faris Haroun by George Friend.

47:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Mason from the left by-line, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.

47:19

The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.

46:50

Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.

45:26

Faris Haroun takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save. Billy Sharp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:54

Faris Haroun provided the assist for the goal.

45:00 +0:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Emnes - Doncaster 1 - 2 Middlesbro Marvin Emnes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-2 Middlesbrough.

42:53

Short corner taken by Tony McMahon.

41:26

Ryan Mason takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

39:56

Stephen McManus fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.

38:17

Shot from just outside the box by Scott McDonald goes over the crossbar.

37:38

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, save by Neil Sullivan.

35:52

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.

35:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Shelton Martis. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

33:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McManus on Billy Sharp.

33:38

Direct free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.

33:38 Booking

Booking The referee shows Stephen McManus a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

33:01

Barry Robson sends in a cross, Header on goal by Stephen McManus from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

32:03

Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Shelton Martis.

31:48

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by James Hayter.

29:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Barry Robson - Doncaster 1 - 1 Middlesbro Barry Robson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-1 Middlesbrough.

29:43 Booking

Booking Richard Naylor is shown a yellow card.

25:31

Barry Robson takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

24:53

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.

23:49

Joe Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on James Hayter. Richard Naylor restarts play with the free kick.

22:48

Matthew Bates challenges Billy Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Friend restarts play with the free kick.

19:57

The referee blows for offside against Stephen McManus. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.

19:57 Substitution

Substitution Faris Haroun on for Justin Hoyte.

19:57

El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.

17:14

Corner taken by Ryan Mason from the right by-line to the near post, George Friend takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.

15:50

Shot on goal by El-Hadji Diouf from just inside the area goes over the target.

13:02

James Hayter provided the assist for the goal.

13:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Doncaster 1 - 0 Middlesbro Billy Sharp gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-0 Middlesbrough.

12:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Sharp by Barry Robson. Free kick taken by Richard Naylor.

9:38

Close range header by George Friend misses to the right of the goal.

8:45

Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Sharp. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Mason.

8:14

The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

4:39

Jason Steele fouled by Billy Sharp, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

3:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Herita Ilunga. Herita Ilunga restarts play with the free kick.

2:29

Herita Ilunga challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the indirect free kick.

0:20

James Hayter concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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