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DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1BirminghamBirmingham City3

Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Birmingham City

Federico Macheda scores the third

Birmingham City moved level on points with Doncaster and eased their relegation worries as they came from behind to snatch an unlikely 3-1 win.

Federico Macheda scored either side of Lee Novak's goal to earn Lee Clark's side a second victory in eight games.

Paul Quinn gave the hosts a first-half lead before James Husband's mistake let in on-loan Manchester United striker Macheda after the break.

It was Doncaster's first defeat in nine home Championship games.

Both sides are seven points above the relegation zone with six matches remaining, although third-from-bottom Barnsley have a game in hand on both.

Doncaster were the better side in the first half, with defender Quinn giving them a 36th-minute advantage when he lashed in at the second attempt after Chris Brown headed David Cotterill's delivery across goal.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph made two superb saves to prevent Birmingham slipping further behind, but things started to unravel for Doncaster just before the hour.

Husband hesitated on the ball in the area, allowing Macheda, who had a spell at Doncaster earlier in the season, to dispossess him and convert from a narrow angle.

Birmingham took the lead when Randolph's long kick was collected by Novak, who rounded Sam Johnstone to score.

Macheda sealed victory, heading in with 14 minutes remaining after Tom Thorpe nodded a free-kick from Paul Robinson across goal.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"It was definitely a self-inflicted defeat. We were one up at half-time and should have been further in front.

"But if you make mistakes you get punished. All three goals were individual errors that cost us dearly and we have to learn from that."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It wasn't looking good in the first half but the players came out after the interval and put in a very good performance.

"We made changes and just matched them up in the second half, won our individual battles and played on the front foot.

"We scored three and could have had more. Now we just have to get it right at home."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 26Coppinger
  • 3Husband
  • 4Furman
  • 27Neill
  • 2Quinn
  • 7DuffySubstituted forRobinsonat 71'minutes
  • 18KeeganBooked at 21mins
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 29Middleton
  • 31Stevens

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 17ReillyBooked at 90mins
  • 36HuwsSubstituted forAdeyemiat 66'minutes
  • 5Thorpe
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Burke
  • 23SpectorBooked at 69mins
  • 9Macheda
  • 8IbeSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 12NovakSubstituted forShinnieat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 14Packwood
  • 19Zigic
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Ferguson
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
9,206

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  5. Booking

    Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Keegan with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Randolph.

  17. Booking

    Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Andrew Shinnie is caught offside.