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Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Notts County

Shaun Derry
Shaun Derry was sent to the stands after his striker was dismissed

Notts County striker Kwame Thomas was sent off while being substituted in a goalless draw at Doncaster Rovers.

The County striker, already on a booking, was being replaced by Billy Daniels in the 87th minute when referee Richard Clark showed him a second yellow for going off too slowly.

Clark failed to produce the red card immediately though and there was confusion on the touchline.

Thomas was finally sent off and Daniels had to be recalled to the bench.

In the subsequent melee, County boss Shaun Derry was sent to the stands for protesting, before watching his side survive a Rovers onslaught in the closing stages.

Alan Smith had hit the Doncaster crossbar with a 25-yard volley in the first half, before Hayden Mullins had to clear off the Notts' line after Nathan Tyson had rounded keeper Roy Carroll.

Hungarian striker Balint Bajner came off the bench in the second half for the Magpies, after signing a deal earlier in the day following his release by Ipswich.

But after the dismissal of Thomas, who is on loan from Derby County, Carroll was forced into a superb save from Rovers' Harry Forrester and Curtis Main saw an effort cleared off the line.

Both sides could have climbed into the League One play-off places with a win, but remain level on 35 points.

Notts County assistant manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think we've seen what we are all about. The way we have defended tonight was very, very good. It was a top battling performance. We put bodies on the line and Roy Carroll put in a performance that we have become used to.

"We still had the best chance of the game when Alan Smith hit the bar. It was a great effort and as soon as he hit it we said 'goal', but it just hit the bar."

On Thomas's red card: "I think if the referee had realised it was his second yellow he wouldn't have sent him off. I've never seen anything like that in the game."

Billy Daniels
Billy Daniels (left) had to sit back on the bench after Kwame Thomas's sending off, much to the amusement of Alan Smith

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 43Bywater
  • 22Wabara
  • 16Butler
  • 12McCullough
  • 17StevensSubstituted forEvinaat 70'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 18KeeganBooked at 71mins
  • 23Bennett
  • 10Forrester
  • 9Robinson
  • 14TysonSubstituted forMainat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Evina
  • 6McCombe
  • 11Main
  • 13Marosi
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 29Middleton

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carroll
  • 17WhiteBooked at 55minsSubstituted forDumbuyaat 63'minutes
  • 6Hollis
  • 5MullinsBooked at 77mins
  • 3Adams
  • 15Thompson
  • 13JonesSubstituted forBajnerat 61'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 7Hayhurst
  • 11Thompson
  • 12ThomasBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 10Murray
  • 20Daniels
  • 27Bajner
  • 33Cranston
  • 35Pilkington
  • 38Santos
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
5,547

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Notts County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Notts County 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Curtis Thompson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Kwame Thomas (Notts County).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Billy Daniels replaces Kwame Thomas.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Alan Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Booking

    Hayden Mullins (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons24146451242748
4Preston26138540261447
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Bradford2510693229336
7Sheff Utd2410683028236
8Chesterfield259883634235
9Notts County259882929035
10Doncaster259882629-335
11Port Vale26105113337-435
12Fleetwood2697102626034
13Oldham2481063335-234
14Walsall268992628-233
15Peterborough2594123133-231
16Barnsley2485113436-229
17Scunthorpe2385103239-729
18Coventry2678112737-1029
19Gillingham2677123241-928
20Leyton Orient2568113437-326
21Crewe2575132444-2026
22Colchester2566132942-1324
23Crawley2559112442-1824
24Yeovil2666142139-1824
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