Friday, 26 February 2010

Game 44 - Doncaster Rovers v Leicester City Tuesday 23rd February 2010 Coca Cola Championship

This is the re-arranged game that was postponed at Christmas and is the second nearest game of the season for us after Scunthorpe and I do not even have to leave work early!. 56 miles later we are parking up just as the snow begins. An uneasy feeling comes over our party as we enter the ground, now wandering about outside for photos tonight I'm afraid. I've been here before last season with Paul, my Rovers supporting friend and it is a nice ground but I was surprised how little the outside reveals who play here although I noticed this time that there is a large sign for Doncaster Rovers FC. The concourse is large and spacious and we do not have much trouble getting to the stand.

All four stands are at the same level around the ground and so is fairly unspectacular as a lot of the new grounds are. However the leg room is great and the view of the action is excellent and this is true wherever you sit in the ground. Although we actually sit in our allocated seats the stewards tell the people who come in after us that they sit where they want which allows Paul (our City supporting friend, I know, it is confusing for me too!) to sit with us and for the second half Bob joins us wearing his shorts as always!
Leicester start the game in a very positive manner and chances come our way from the start. The pressure came good on 11 minutes when Martyn Waghorn is sent clear and calmly puts the ball past Sullivan to open the scoring. We continue to dominate and there are more chances which are spurned. Rovers play their way back into the game and start to show as an attacking force but are unable to level the game. 1-0 at half time.
We are then subjected to "live" entertainment from Fake That. Now I couldn't stand the original band, so a tribute band does not excite me. They get plenty of jeers from the City crowd and a very pointed "Come on Rovers" from one of the band shows it got to them. Now I don't know about you but I do not feel the need to be "entertained" at half time.I just want the scores from the other games that are being played and a chance to chat about the first half and talk to fellow City fans that I know.

Anyway, enough moaning. The second half sees Rovers play a lot better than the first half with City content to hit them on the break and this sees chances from both sides being squandered. Nicky Adams nearly clinches it for City when he runs onto a superb pass from Paul Gallagher and fires in a superb shot only to see Sullivan pull off a great save. Rovers continue to press but the City defence are resolute tonight and keep them at bay. The whistle goes and the City faithful celebrate a good victory.
We make our way back to the car very happy. We have won one of our games in hand and this sees us move into 5th. We are home by 11pm. A good evening out.

Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Leicester City
Att: 11,027
Admission: £23

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