Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Derby County - Donny defeated

Doncaster Rovers are facing the prospect of Championship relegation after a 2-1 home defeat to Derby County at the Keepmoat Stadium.

After a five-game unbeaten run, Rovers had looked to be heading for defeat as early as the 55th minute after goals from Theo Robinson and Gareth Roberts made it 2-0.

However, El Hadji-Djouf then provided a lifeline with a swivel and shot into the bottom corner from eight yards after a flick-on from Giles Barnes in the 67th minute.

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Striker James Hayter also made a late appearance for Rovers before the board went up for four minutes of stoppage time. Bennett curled the ball over the bar but that is as close as Rovers came to an equaliser.

Martis then limped off to be replaced by Hird.

Derby were well on top in the opening quarter and opened the scoring when Robinson outpacing the defence and lobbing Carl Ikeme as the goalkeeper raced out.

Rovers came back, James Coppinger close to converting a touch on from El Hadji Djouff, who then crossed for Fredric Piquionne to head powerfully at goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

At the other end, however, Habib Beye back-headed over his own bar before Robinson shot narrowly wide.

Dean Saunders made just one change to the Doncaster side which had drawn against promotion-chasing Reading in midweek.

Central defender Shelton Martis returned from groin trouble at the expense of Sam Hird. Also in the Rovers midfield was former Rams player Giles Barnes.

Derby included three former Rovers players in their side, midfield man Paul Green and defenders Jason Shackell and Gareth Roberts.

They also gave a league debut to right-back Tom Naylor and Jake Buxton took over in central defence from Shaun Barker, who dislocated a knee in midweek. Callum Ball got the nod up front in place of Nathan Tyson.

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