Report: Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Millwall

CARETAKER duo Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald guided Millwall to a hard-fought draw at the Keepmoat Stadium in their first game in charge.

Doncaster substitute Federico Macheda went closest to scoring a winner when his shot came back off the post five minutes from time.

But the Lions were good value for their point and defended resolutely in the closing stages as Rovers pushed for a late goal.



They created a number of chances of their own but were wasteful in the final third.

Harris and Fitzgerald made five changes to the team beaten at Watford on Boxing Day, with Alan Dunne, Nicky Bailey, Richard Chaplow, Scott McDonald and Scott Malone all starting.

Youngster Fred Onyedinma was named in a first-team squad for the first time, taking his place on the bench, but Liam Trotter and Paul Robinson were ruled out with injury.



McDonald spurned an early half chance when, following good work by Scott Malone and Martyn Woolford, he fired into the side netting from a tight angle.

In the 11th minute, Morison's took on an ambitious half-volley 20 yards out but he could not keep his shot down and it sailed over.

Lowry's header from a Chaplow corner was cleared off the line in the 24th minute before Bailey's follow up was deflected wide.

Millwall were well on top at this stage and Woolford went close to breaking the deadlock when his low drive flashed inches wide of the post with 'keeper Ross Turnbull beaten.

Bailey twice tried his luck from distance as did Morison and Malone as the Lions pushed for the opening goal, roared on by a vocal away support.

Rovers had their first meaningful effort on goal in the 41st minute when Liam Wakefield headed over at the far post from Mark Duffy's teasing centre.

David Forde, Millwall's captain for the day, then had to push away Dean Furman's shot as the home side finished the half strongly.

Three minutes after half time, Chaplow's deep cross was headed over at the far post by Malone.

McDonald created an opening when he slid the ball into the path of the onrushing Chaplow, but the midfielder's shot whistled over the bar.

McDonald and Malone both fired over in quick succession as the Lions continued to create chances without forcing Turnbull into a meaningful save.

Another chance went begging in the 79th minute when Dunne's throw was flicked on by Morison to Woolford, who sliced over awkwardly.

Macheda rattled the woodwork before Forde made a full-stretch save to claw away David Cotterill's stoppage-time free kick as Millwall survived a late rally from the hosts.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Report: Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Millwall

  • December 29, 2013 at 18:09
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    Sounds like we could have won if we had taken some of our chances. However, we kept a clean sheet and none of the other teams in the bottom six won so all is not lost. If Chopper and Scott can steady the ship for the next few games I will be happy with that. Their biggest test is our next home match against Leicester. Hope Trotter is back for this but if we can get a point that will be a good result.

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    • December 29, 2013 at 21:14
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      Don't be too deceived by the number of chances - lots of them were wildly off target but we had a couple of spells particularly just after half time when we looked well on top and Chaplow and Woolford created some really good positions. We were holding on at the end as Doncaster's substitutions (including Theo Robinson) started to make a difference. Agree with one of the other posts that we could have done with Easter earlier but overall couldn't fault the effort so the Harris/Fitz team have already had some effect and both were very active on the touchline. However Doncaster were generally poor and there for the taking.
      An interesting week ahead methinks with the Leicester game on the horizon and maybe a new manager........

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  • December 29, 2013 at 18:10
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    Boring boring millwall LOVE IT. That will help give confidence back to the defence. I no it's Doncaster but after wots been goin on recently it's a good result.

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  • December 29, 2013 at 18:10
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    disappointing

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  • December 29, 2013 at 18:27
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    Well done the 408 Millwall who went up north on a freezing Sunday between Xmas and New Year.
    I told a surprised friend that Bomber Harris and Scott Fitzgerald were now in charge of our team

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    • December 30, 2013 at 09:19
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      @SE14 Exile:
      ANYBODY WHO WAS AT DONCASTER ROVERS [ KEEP - MOAT STADIUM ]
      WILL KNOW THAT THERE WAS MUCH MORE THAN 408 MILLWALL FANS THERE.
      [ I RECKON IT WAS NEARER 700 x FANS........ ] this was because many fans could NOT buy a ticket
      at Millwall FC , the ticket office was " SHUT " on saturday, and the Club Shop could NOT sell them.
      So Fans came up by car or train and bought the tickets at Doncaster's ticket office, which was selling as many tickets as you wanted............[ Bit Like the Old days !!! ].
      AND WE SUNG A LOT OF THE OLD MILLWALL SONGS, AGAIN.................LIKE
      NA , NA, NA, NA.............NA , NA, NA, NA..............
      HEY, HEYYYYYYYYYY......................MILLWALL !!!!
      COME ALONG....................YOU'VE BEEN ADVISED,
      DON'T MISS IT NEXT TIME !!!

      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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      • December 30, 2013 at 22:02
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        @bermlion:
        So right berm, I estimated at least 6-700 there, then on the way home I checked our website and it said 408, nah!
        Crap game but those of us at the back made loads of noise, me voice is still croaky today.

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        • December 31, 2013 at 09:13
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          @WarwicksLion:
          HEY WARWICKSLION, YES, YOU DID DO A GREAT JOB WITH THE SINGING AT THE
          BACK,,,,,,,,,,,,,[ THERE WERE TWO GROUPS ONE LEFT RIGHT BEHIND THE GOAL AND ONE RIGHT BEHIND WHERE WE WERE SITTING AT THE FRONT.......... ]
          IN FACT IT WAS ME THAT TOOK SOME PHOTOS OUT OF THE FANS AT THE BACK SINGING,
          SO I PROBABLY GOT A PHOTO OF YOU DOING THE WORKS !!!!!!! WELL DONE.
          " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
          STORMIN' NORMAN

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          • December 31, 2013 at 11:20
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            @bermlion:
            Cheers Berm, glad my knackered voice wasn't in vain!
            It should be ok just in time to go again V the poachin' vermin from the Crisp stadium tomorrow!

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  • December 29, 2013 at 18:29
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    Didn't lose, didn't concede created 15-20 chances so a good result in my book.Of course a win would have been perfect but it's something to build on, nice one Chopper and Scott.

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    • December 29, 2013 at 19:44
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      @Realwall: The team badly needed a boost in confidence, so not conceding away from home is a good start.

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      • December 29, 2013 at 20:05
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        @Micky Lions: absolutely, like I said its a start,with chopper at the helm for the short term we have someone who will give us100% all the time because he loves the club and most importantly he knows what's expected from the fans so he will definitely get the lads fired up in the dressing room, nd on the pitch something that has been missing from what's that ginger blokes name ? Oh Lomas.

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  • December 29, 2013 at 18:56
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    No complaints after the recent run of awful results, seemes the team were happier and played with more confidence, but thought Easter ought to have come on earlier he might have stole a goal given his track record. Well done Neil could not have been easy for you. Hope the board appoint a new manager soon.

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  • December 29, 2013 at 19:29
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    Lomas would have been churning out his s*** excuses why we had lost at this stage if he had still been in charge nil nil and 18 chances is a 100% improvement

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  • December 29, 2013 at 19:49
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    Well done wall a bloody clean sheet. Bring on leicester coyl

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  • December 29, 2013 at 20:04
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    Take a point nothing wrong with that except 3 weeks ago we were still in touch with mid table but now sit 6 points behind boro and that worries me some what.
    I take nothing away from chopper and fitz today and would like to thank them both for restoring some faith and belief into us fans as the players have taken it away from us in recent weeks although it was evident they did not want to play for SL.
    Sounded good today and cant wait for leicester should be a big crowd 13/14000 and 3 points.
    well done boys.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 00:09
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      @lukesmithmfc: Luke you have made a very good point in as much the players did not want to play for lomas,it also seems that jacket had a problem with some of the team,and he said as much at the millwall annual dinner.
      my worry is, are these same players going to be as disruptive with the new manager if they dont want him or there is personality clashes,so who ever he might be the fans have to get behind him even if we do not like or agree with him.
      We must show these players that have been disruptive that by getting behind the new man that we are not going to tolerate any nonsense from these player's
      lomas had a lot wrong,but in my opinion the players could have done a lot more for him and the club in their attitude and endeavor in the games played,as i have said before 70% of goals against were down to rank bad defending or school boy errors.
      These players know who the are and must understand its the club they are playing for, and not just the manager.
      If they dont want to give their all for the shirt and the club say so,then at least the new man will know where he stands,after all they will still be able to draw their wages,but at least we will all know that the men on the pitch want to be there and are giving their all,as we will in the stands supporting them.

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      • December 30, 2013 at 00:37
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        @jim1222: well said jim, I've only seen 2 games at the den but couldn't believe the passion shown by the supporters. 10000 millwall fans make more noise than most afl crowds in Australia.players come and go but the club and supporters are there for life.

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