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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 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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