IT may have proved to be a day of mourning at the Keepmaot Stadium, but there were still signs of wild celebration on Sunday afternoon.
A 0-0 stalemate was enough to confirm two things: Doncaster Rovers being relegated to League Two - as many had already accepted and Burton Albion’s promotion to the second tier of the English game for the first time in their history.
Regarding the latter, the taste of sealing automatic promotion with a hard-fought point will be particularly sweet for manager Brian Clough after missing out in the play-offs last season with Sheffield United before he was cast aside by the Bramall Lane hierachy.
It has proved another disappointing campaign for the Blades, who will suffer another season in the third tier, while Cloough’s Brewers will fight it out with the likes of Leeds United, Ipswich Town and the rest.
In a dour game, Rovers -virtually condemned to the drop before kick-off - finished the afternoon with nine men having already used up all of their substitutes only to see Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Riccardo Calder go off injured.
Chances were few and far between with Rovers’ Andy Williams having a decent shout for a penalty turned down in the second half one of the few highlights.
Doncaster Rovers: Matthews, Lund, Alcock, Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, McCullough, Middleton (Calder 54), Rowe, Chaplow (Longbottom 62), Mandeville (Tyson 54), Williams. Unused substitutes: Marosi, Whitehouse, Davies, Pugh.
Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Cansdell-Sheriff, McCrory, Akins, Choudhury, Palmer, Naylor (Weir 80), Duffy, Beavon (Butcher 46). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Reilly, Harness, Walker, O’Connor.
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)