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Doncaster   2 - 3   West Brom

Doncaster v West Brom

Doncaster 2-3 West Brom

By Marc Vesty

Chris Brunt
Brunt scored his 13th goal of the season for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion edged out Doncaster to clinch a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Baggies went ahead against the run of play when Graham Dorrans smashed his free-kick into the left corner.

Chris Brunt doubled the lead rolling into an empty net but Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck back for Rovers.

Roman Bednar's powerful header reinstated West Brom's two-goal cushion before James Hayter's header made for a nerve-wracking finale.

What a difference a year has made for the Baggies who were relegated to the Championship after finishing bottom of the Premier League with 32 points only 11 months ago.

Under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, who came in following Tony Mowbray's departure to Celtic in the summer, West Brom have amassed 86 points with three games remaining and still have a chance of overtaking Newcastle to win the Football League title.

However, after only six minutes a jinking run from Hayter threatened to spoil the Baggies' party but his powerful drive from the edge of the area was palmed over the bar by goalkeeper Scott Carson.

A run of only one win from five games has seen Doncaster fall away in the race for a play-off place.

But the home side dominated possession putting together spells of neat and patient build-up play which just lacked an incisive final ball - perhaps an indication why Rovers season will finish in mid-table obscurity rather than the play-offs places.

It took West Brom half an hour to threaten and when they did their first effort on target brought the opening goal.

An innocuous free kick was conceded on the edge of the box and Dorrans rifled an unstoppable drive beyond Neil Sullivan.

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Doncaster were not to be disheartened and clever interplay between Hayter and Paul Heffernan in the West Brom box handed Hayter a sight of goal but the forward blazed over.

The men from The Hawthorns have outscored every other team in the Championship this season and once again their attacking prowess brought its rewards.

Brunt latched on to a misplaced back-pass by James Chambers to beat goalkeeper Sullivan to the ball and the Northern Irishman was able to simply roll the ball into the empty net for his 13th goal of the season and the Baggies 100th goal in all competitions this campaign.

The result was in no way guaranteed when Emmanuel-Thomas received the ball on the right side of the box and the on-loan Arsenal midfielder drove into the area before wrong-footing an unsighted Carson with his left-footed shot.

But Bednar charged into the box to hammer home a powerful header from Brunt's cross and almost wrap up the win, and promotion at the first time of asking for West Brom.

Although Hayter stole a yard in the box to head the home side back into the game and set up a tense last five minutes, the Baggies held on to secure their place in the top flight.


Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"They and Newcastle have been the outstanding teams in the division.

"They are Premier League clubs and everyone has wanted to beat them.

"Over the course of the season they have been more consistent than anyone else and you have to give them a lot of credit.

"They have quality where it matters and there is not much you can do about that."

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo:
"It's a credit to the players who have worked very hard. Their attitude, effort has been the key to this season and we have been promoted with three games left, it's an amazing achievement.

"It has been great to work with these players this year and I have enjoyed it very much. As a manager you need good players, players who are willing to put in the effort through the season.

"It's different to what I achieved when I was a player, but as a manager promotion is a good thing to have on your track record."

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Doncaster 2-3 West Brom FT
(HT 0-2)West Brom are promoted
  • Emmanuel-Thomas 47
  • Hayter 85
  • Dorrans 31
  • Brunt 45+2
  • Bednar 73

Doncaster

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Chambers (Lockwood 79)
  • 30 Martis yellow card
  • 04 Mutch (Shiels 79)
  • 12 Hayter
  • 15 Wilson
  • 16 Oster
  • 31 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 14 Heffernan (Fairhurst 79)

Substitutes

  • 13 Smith,
  • 11 Lockwood,
  • 18 McDaid,
  • 21 Hird,
  • 22 Shiels,
  • 29 Fairhurst

West Brom

  • 19 Carson
  • 03 Olsson
  • 04 Cech
  • 26 Tamas
  • 44 Reid yellow card
  • 07 Koren
  • 11 Brunt
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 09 Bednar (Miller 77)
  • 31 Cox (Barnes 64)

Substitutes

  • 01 Kiely,
  • 02 Mattock,
  • 23 Meite,
  • 12 Barnes,
  • 29 Slory,
  • 10 Miller,
  • 15 Wood
Ref: LiningtonAtt: 12,708
DONCASTER
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Doncaster 55%
  • West Brom 45%

Attempts on target

  • Doncaster 9
  • West Brom 7

Attempts off target

  • Doncaster 4
  • West Brom 3

Corners

  • Doncaster 6
  • West Brom 1

Fouls

  • Doncaster 5
  • West Brom 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:13 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+3:07 Inswinging corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from the left by-line, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:54 Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
  • 87:02 Dean Shiels fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. John Oster crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:54 The assist for the goal came from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 84:54 GOAL - James HayterDoncaster 2 - 3 West Brom James Hayter grabs a headed goal from close range. Doncaster 2-3 West Brom.
  • 84:32 Marek Cech concedes a free kick for a foul on James Hayter. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:06 Short corner taken by Dean Shiels.
  • 82:51 Dean Shiels takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 82:14 Ishmael Miller is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.
  • 81:55 Dean Shiels takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 80:23 The offside flag is raised against Waide Fairhurst. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 78:18 Substitution Jordon Mutch goes off and Dean Shiels comes on.
  • 78:18 Substitution James Chambers goes off and Adam Lockwood comes on.
  • 78:18 Substitution Waide Fairhurst replaces Paul Heffernan.
  • 78:18 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by James Hayter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 76:29 Substitution Roman Bednar leaves the field to be replaced by Ishmael Miller.
  • 76:29 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from the right by-line.
  • 72:52 The assist for the goal came from Chris Brunt.
  • 72:52 GOAL - Roman BednarDoncaster 1 - 3 West Brom A goal is scored by Roman Bednar from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-3 West Brom.
  • 72:02 The referee blows for offside against Roman Bednar. Indirect free kick taken by James O'Connor.
  • 66:12 The official flags Roman Bednar offside. James O'Connor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:46 Direct free kick taken by Shelton Martis.
  • 62:46 Substitution Giles Barnes comes on in place of Simon Cox.
  • 62:46 Roman Bednar is ruled offside.
  • 62:29 Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 58:53 Chris Brunt is caught offside. James Chambers takes the free kick.
  • 58:03 Unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by James Hayter results in a free kick. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:07 Effort on goal by Simon Cox from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 54:39 Graham Dorrans takes the inswinging corner, Steven Reid takes a shot. Jordon Mutch manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:42 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fouled by Graham Dorrans, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 51:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Robert Koren. Gareth Roberts takes the free kick.
  • 49:10 Roman Bednar takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
  • 48:06 Robert Koren concedes a free kick for a foul on John Oster. Free kick taken by John Oster.
  • 46:45 James Hayter provided the assist for the goal.
  • 46:45 GOAL - Jay Emmanuel-ThomasDoncaster 1 - 2 West Brom Goal scored by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-2 West Brom.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:18 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:29 GOAL - Chris BruntDoncaster 0 - 2 West Brom Chris Brunt finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-2 West Brom.
  • 45:00+1:11 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
  • 45:00+0:13 Corner taken short by John Oster.
  • 44:18 Jordon Mutch fouled by Marek Cech, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • Correction - 43:42 The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:42 The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Bednar. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick,
  • 43:11 The official flags Chris Brunt offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:29 Shot from deep inside the area by John Oster clears the crossbar.
  • 38:42 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt.
  • 38:42 Booking Shelton Martis is cautioned.
  • 38:35 Shelton Martis challenges Roman Bednar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 38:12 The referee penalises Chris Brunt for handball. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes the free kick.
  • 37:14 The referee blows for offside. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.
  • 35:45 Jordon Mutch is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:36 Unfair challenge on James Hayter by Simon Cox results in a free kick. John Oster produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 34:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Bednar. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.
  • 33:40 Centre by Robert Koren.
  • 32:35 James Hayter challenges Jonas Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 30:03 GOAL - Graham DorransDoncaster 0 - 1 West Brom Free kick scored by Graham Dorrans. Doncaster 0-1 West Brom.
  • 28:57 Foul by James Chambers on Roman Bednar, free kick awarded.
  • 27:48 Free kick crossed by John Oster, clearance made by Chris Brunt.
  • 27:48 Booking Steven Reid is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:22 Steven Reid challenges Paul Heffernan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 26:58 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James O'Connor.
  • 26:25 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 25:07 Robert Koren challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 24:20 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 22:57 Gareth Roberts fouled by Roman Bednar, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:02 The ball is sent over by Marek Cech.
  • 17:22 The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, Roman Bednar produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 12:38 Mark Wilson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 9:35 James Chambers takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
  • 7:10 Short corner worked by Jordon Mutch.
  • 6:39 Foul by Simon Cox on Gareth Roberts, free kick awarded. James O'Connor takes the free kick.
  • 6:13 Corner taken by John Oster, Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 6:00 James Hayter takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 4:24 John Oster has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 3:33 The offside flag is raised against Roman Bednar. John Oster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:15 Roman Bednar is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 42 51 92
2 West Brom 43 39 86
3 Nottm Forest 43 24 75
4 Cardiff 43 19 70
5 Leicester 43 10 67
6 Swansea 43 3 65
7 Blackpool 43 13 63
8 Middlesbrough 43 12 61
9 Bristol City 43 -7 59
10 Sheff Utd 43 2 58
11 Reading 41 0 56
12 Doncaster 43 0 55
13 Ipswich 43 -8 54
14 Preston 43 -11 53
15 Barnsley 43 -13 53
16 Derby 43 -11 52
17 Coventry 43 -13 52
18 QPR 42 -7 51
19 Watford 42 -10 48
20 Scunthorpe 42 -24 47
21 Crystal Palace 43 -3 46
22 Sheff Wed 43 -19 45
23 Plymouth 43 -19 41
24 Peterborough 43 -28 31


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