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West Ham 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

Championship    2011-12
Upton Park   34,650
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney    
15Abdoulaye Faye    
5James Tomkins    
14Matthew Taylor    
4Kevin Nolan 1  
16Mark Noble    
22Henri Lansbury    
10Jack Collison    
9Carlton Cole    
12Ricardo Vaz Te    
7Sam BaldockSubed #12   
32Gary O'NeilSubed #22   
25Danny CollinsSubed #4   
 PosTable as at 10 Mar 2012PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2West Ham United3596327171034281766
5Brighton and Hove Albion3610533016657142058
6Cardiff City35102431225104232257
7Birmingham City3410712610547282356
9Hull City349452115655131354
10Leeds United358272526666272350
11Crystal Palace356821810658182249
12Leicester City358452618558222548
15Derby County359272319458152846
16Ipswich Town358173123559254045
18Peterborough United358273429369202841
20Nottingham Forest3553111830529152435
21Bristol City3654919274311133234
22Coventry City367662421031472930
23Doncaster Rovers3447513173213183830
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West Ham 1 Doncaster 1

West Ham lost ground at the top of the npower Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Doncaster outfit.

Kevin Nolan's ninth goal of the season capped a dominant start for the hosts but they took their foot off the gas and were punished when James Coppinger levelled in the 73rd minute.

The hosts looked to have got off to a flying start when Ricardo Vaz Te had the ball in the net inside the opening minute but the Portuguese was penalised for a foul on Pascal Chimbonda.

It took just another two minutes before the Hammers threatened again as Carlton Cole collected a pass from Jack Collison and rifled a 20-yard effort against the crossbar.

The inevitable breakthrough came after nine minutes as Nolan stabbed in from close range after Rovers failed to clear their lines following Henri Lansbury's shot.

Dean Saunders' men briefly relieved the pressure when El-Hadji Diouf broke away down the right but his threatening cross was plucked out of the air by Rob Green just as Mamadou Bagayoko was closing in.

Sam Allardyce was forced to make a change midway through the opening half when Vaz Te went down clutching his hamstring. He was replaced by Sam Baldock.

With the home side beginning to lose some of their impetus, Doncaster sensed an opportunity to get a foothold in the game and Coppinger's powerful strike, which Green had to palm around the post, underlined their increasing threat.

They continued to grow into the game after the interval, with Diouf providing their most promising outlet. The Senegalese whipped in a free-kick which Giles Barnes nodded narrowly wide.

The Hammers sought to reassert their authority with a prolonged spell of pressure but Rovers pressed the ball well, restricting the space the hosts had to work in.

When Doncaster won it back they caused panic in the penalty area as Coppinger's cross was left by Green before James Tomkins eventually took charge of the situation to clear to safety.

But with 17 minutes to go the visitors deservedly drew level as Simon Gillett kept the ball alive in the box and Coppinger capitalised to steer it in from close range.

Upton Park held its breath when Coppinger delivered for Diouf with five minutes to play but he could not make clean contact with his shot and Green turned the ball away for a corner.

The draw extends West Ham's unbeaten run to seven matches but Southampton's victory over Barnsley means they are three points behind in the race for the title.

Doncaster, meanwhile, are still fighting for survival after taking six points from their last four games.


West Ham Green, McCartney, Faye, Tomkins, Taylor, Noble, Lansbury (O'Neil 57), Nolan (Collins 80), Collison, Cole, Vaz Te (Baldock 25).

Subs Not Used: Maynard, Morrison.

Goals: Nolan 9.

Doncaster Ikeme, Chimbonda, Martis (Hird 75), Beye, Spurr, Bennett, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger, Diouf, Bagayoko (Oster 60).

Subs Not Used: Hayter, Robert, Ilunga.

Goals: Coppinger 73.

Att: 34, 650

Ref: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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