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Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Birmingham City

Federico Macheda scores the third

Birmingham City moved level on points with Doncaster and eased their relegation worries as they came from behind to snatch an unlikely 3-1 win.

Federico Macheda scored either side of Lee Novak's goal to earn Lee Clark's side a second victory in eight games.

Paul Quinn gave the hosts a first-half lead before James Husband's mistake let in on-loan Manchester United striker Macheda after the break.

It was Doncaster's first defeat in nine home Championship games.

Both sides are seven points above the relegation zone with six matches remaining, although third-from-bottom Barnsley have a game in hand on both.

Doncaster were the better side in the first half, with defender Quinn giving them a 36th-minute advantage when he lashed in at the second attempt after Chris Brown headed David Cotterill's delivery across goal.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph made two superb saves to prevent Birmingham slipping further behind, but things started to unravel for Doncaster just before the hour.

Husband hesitated on the ball in the area, allowing Macheda, who had a spell at Doncaster earlier in the season, to dispossess him and convert from a narrow angle.

Birmingham took the lead when Randolph's long kick was collected by Novak, who rounded Sam Johnstone to score.

Macheda sealed victory, heading in with 14 minutes remaining after Tom Thorpe nodded a free-kick from Paul Robinson across goal.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"It was definitely a self-inflicted defeat. We were one up at half-time and should have been further in front.

"But if you make mistakes you get punished. All three goals were individual errors that cost us dearly and we have to learn from that."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It wasn't looking good in the first half but the players came out after the interval and put in a very good performance.

"We made changes and just matched them up in the second half, won our individual battles and played on the front foot.

"We scored three and could have had more. Now we just have to get it right at home."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 26Coppinger
  • 3Husband
  • 4Furman
  • 27Neill
  • 2Quinn
  • 7DuffySubstituted forRobinsonat 71'minutes
  • 18KeeganBooked at 21mins
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val
  • 22Robinson
  • 29Middleton
  • 31Stevens

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 17ReillyBooked at 90mins
  • 36HuwsSubstituted forAdeyemiat 66'minutes
  • 5Thorpe
  • 4Robinson
  • 7C Burke
  • 23SpectorBooked at 69mins
  • 9Macheda
  • 8IbeSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 12NovakSubstituted forShinnieat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 14Packwood
  • 19Zigic
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Ferguson
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
9,206

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Booking

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).

Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Keegan with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Randolph.

Booking

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Andrew Shinnie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Lee Novak because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Novak (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Thorpe with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 2. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Randolph.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Mark Duffy.

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

Booking

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4027853889
2Burnley40221443180
3QPR402010101470
4Derby40209112369
5Wigan401910111567
6Reading401712111563
7Nottm Forest40141610758
8Brighton40151312658
9Ipswich40151312558
10Bournemouth40161014-158
11Blackburn40141412156
12Watford391314121353
13Middlesbrough40121612752
14Sheff Wed40121216048
15Bolton40111514-448
16Leeds4013819-847
17Huddersfield40121018-546
18Birmingham40111019-843
19Doncaster40111019-2443
20Blackpool40101218-2242
21Charlton3891118-2138
22Barnsley3981219-2736
23Millwall4081220-3136
24Yeovil4081121-2435
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