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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 12,825) 8th December 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Wiley

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

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Sharp condemns sorry Owls

On-loan striker does the damage for Rovers

By Danny Wright.   Last Updated: 08/12/09 10:36pm

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Sharp: Headed winner

Sharp: Headed winner

Billy Sharp's eighth goal of the season was enough to give Doncaster Rovers a 1-0 win over local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The defeat leaves Wednesday languishing perilously close to the Championship drop-zone, while Sean O'Driscoll's men pull away from trouble into mid-table safety.

Sheffield United striker Sharp, who is on a season-long loan at the Keepmoat Stadium, powered in a superb cross from half-time substitute Simon Gillett in the 78th minute.

It was his sixth goal in as many games to clinch Rovers' first back-to-back league wins of the season, leaving Owls boss Brian Laws to ponder an eight-game winless run.

Dire

Wednesday went into the match in dire need of points to pull away from danger.

But they have struggled for goals of late and have now gone seven hours without scoring a goal, their last coming in the 2-1 defeat to QPR four games ago.

A lack of firepower showed in this lifeless South Yorkshire derby, and they did little to test Neil Sullivan in the home goal.

And it was Doncaster who had the better of the few chances on offer in the first-half.

Rovers' midfielder James Coppinger curled a right-footed effort wide of Lee Grant's left-hand post as the opening fell way short of expectation.

Martin Woods tested Grant with a free-kick after James Hayter had been fouled, then Hayter himself had a chance from Martin Woods' corner but the 30-year-old headed wide.

Supremacy

Both sides battled for supremacy in the second half and O'Driscoll's men were asking all the questions.

James O'Connor, always stretching, headed Coppinger's corner just over the crossbar as a near-full Keepmoat waited patiently for the contest to ignite.

Unsurprisingly, it was Doncaster who found a way through after creating the better openings, Sharp heading home from Gillett's centre.

That was enough to condemn the Owls despite a late fight-back, a result which sees the pressure increase on Laws.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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