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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 12,785) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Coote

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Doncaster 2

B Paynter (pen 18, S/O 87)
D Syers (63)

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Sheff Utd 2

N Blackman (pen 80)
D Kitson (89)

Rovers let it slip at home

Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:52pm

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Blackman: Amongst the goals

Blackman: Amongst the goals

Doncaster threw away a two-goal lead as Sheffield United battled back to earn a 2-2 draw and snatch a point they barely deserved.

The Blades looked threatening at the start and home goalkeeper Gary Woods did well to save an 11th-minute free-kick from defender Tony McMahon before Doncaster took charge.

Rovers striker Billy Paynter gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute when he slammed the ball home after visiting goalkeeper George Long had brought down David Syers.

The game was one-sided for long periods after that with Doncaster defenders Jamie McCombe and Rob Jones going close before striker Iain Hume hit the post early in the second half.

Syers made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute with a close-range header from winger David Cotterill's free-kick on the left.

The Blades had been disappointing until then, but Nick Blackman gave them a lifeline they hardly deserved when he scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after Andy Griffin had brought down Blades defender Joe Ironside.

Rovers finished with 10 men after Paynter was sent off for a foul on McMahon off the ball in the 87th minute and United cashed in with a last-gasp equaliser when Dave Kitson fired home in a crowded penalty box after visiting defender Matthew Hill had hit the post.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40