Crystal Palace 0 v 3 Doncaster Rovers 5/12/09
3:43pm Tuesday 8th December 2009 in Football
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 v 3 DONCASTER ROVERS
FULL TIME: The boos ring out around the 13,000 strong crowd and that's no surprise. Very poor from Palace, the players just didn't seem interested. Next up, Reading on Tuesday night. See you then.
90 min: Three minutes added on, oh joy.
86 min: SUB: Woods off, Hird on.
84 min: SUB: Coppinger off, Spicer on.
80 min: SUBS. Carle on for Derry who has been poor and Wilson on for Oster.
78 min: GOAL. All over as JAMES HAYTER scores and it's all too easy. Shiels runs at the back four and slips Hayter through and he slots under Speroni. From the sublime of last week to the ridiculous of this week.
74 min: If anything those subs seemed to have taken the energy out of Palace, plus the fact it is now pouring with rain.
67 min: DOUBLE SUB. Andrew and Sears on, Lee and Danns off.
63 min: GOAL! Oh no. MARTIN WOODS extends Donny's lead and it's too simple again. Oster is allowed to run into the box, gives the ball to Sharp, who under no pressure lays it back to Woods who has all the time in the world to pick his spot.
61 min: Moses makes room for a shot in the box but straight at Sullivan. Second half much better than the first but Palace need a goal soon.
58 min: Donny should be 2-0 up as Moses falls asleep and let's Chambers run on to a ball in the box but the right back shoots over. Lucky.
56 min: Two shots off the line in the minute. For Palace, Lee heads Ambrose's header towards goal but Coppinger heads clear from under the bar. Donny go up the other end and Oster is giving the freedom of Selhurst. His shot beats Speorni but the covering Fonte clears.
55 min: Fonte tries the spectacular with a half volley from the edge of the box but it doesn't trouble Sullivan and goes a foot over. Oster then tries his luck from range at the other end but it's comfortable for Speroni.
50 min: Moses wins a free kick on the edge of the box and up steps Ambrose but this time he can only power it into the wall.
48 min: Palace up for this now as Moses' long throw finds Ambrose in the box but Sullivan tips his effort beyond the post. Much better and the noise levels are rising.
46 min: Straight away Moses tries a volley on the turn from the edge of the box but it flies over.
46 min Finally we get back under way and it looks like a new referee out there for the second half.
HALF TIME: Long break happening here. There was a call for the referee's assessor to go to the referee's room so maybe something has happened to one of the officials.
HALF TIME: Palace don't deserve to be behind here. They've not played as well as last week and looked quite tired but Danns should have scored early on. Doncaster have been ok but nothing special. I expect Warnock to give his players the hairdryer treatment.
45 min: Fonte heads towards goal from a corner but Coppinger gets rid of it on the line. Warnock has long chat with the linesman after Davis fouls Oster, who has had a good half.
41 min: GOAL! I said I wanted a goal but not a Doncaster one. Oster goes on a run and sets up Chambers down the right. Hill backs off and backs off allowing Chambers to cross for the unmarked BILLY SHARP to poke home. Too simple.
39 min: There really isn't much happening today. The game needs a goal or some sort of moment to get everyone going. Chambers tries to give us that moment with a driving run into the box but Fonte clears his drilled cross for a corner which Butterfield half clears and, after a bit of confusion, Davis then mops up.
30 min: Rovers put a nice little move together on the break but Butterfield does well to clear the cross for a corner which Davis just clears ahead of Hayter.
25 min: The Eagles just about on top at the minute as Ambrose has a shot on the turn blocked then Moses has a long range effort but Sullivan gets his body behind it and makes a comfortable save.
18 min: Palace denied again as Lee just keeps the ball in and finds Moses. His shot is saved by Sullivanand falls to Ambrose two yards out but Roberts does brilliantly to get a foot in and deny him.
13 min: How did he miss? Palace should be ahead. Moses sets up Fonte in the box. Sullivan can only parry his shot back out to Danns four yards out but he puts it wide with the goal gaping. Oh dear.
11 min: Ertl tries a volley from outside the box that takes a deflection and wins Palace a corner. Ambrose, named Championship Player of the Month today, takes it but it's poor.
10 min: Pretty poor game so far in truth, lots of ball in the air and very little quality.
5 min: Chance for Doncaster as Hayter escapes down the right and crosses for Shiels but his effort is easily saved by Speroni.
1 min: Palace get us off and under way playing towards the Sainsbury's end.
2.58pm: The teams are out and they are led by a group of soldiers as the club continues to support the Help for Heroes campaign.
2.55pm: I would just like to say a quick hello to a friend of mine out in the crowd today, Laura Roberts and her son Daniel, who is celebrating his birthday this weekend. Daniel has a lucky hat that he puts on when Palace are losing and then they go on to get a draw or win. Let's hope he won't need to put it on today.
2.45pm: PALACE: Speroni, Butterfield, Fonte, Davis, Hill, Ambrose, Derry, Ertl, Danns, Moses, Lee. Subs: Clyne, Carle, Scannell, Sears, Andrew, Smith, N'Diaye.
DONCASTER: Sullivan, O'Connor, Chambers, Shackell, Shiels, Roberts, Woods, Oster, Coppinger, Hayter, Sharp. Subs: Guy, Spicer, Smith, Wilson, Hird, Webster, Gillett.
2.35pm: TEAM NEWS. Warnock sticks with the same 11 from last week so Moses stays on up front. The only change comes on the bench where Sean Scannell returns in place of James Comley. Ex-Eagle John Oster starts for Doncaster and is sure to get a frosty reception.
2.30pm: Hello and welcome to this afternoon's game and there's a new feeling of optimism around Selhurst after last week's fine performance against Watford. I'm trying not to be too confident though as I know whenever that happens we tend to lose.
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