FULL TIME:SOUTHAMPTON 2 DONCASTER ROVERS 1

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doncaster ROVERS sunk deeper into relegation trouble when their former striker Billy Sharp scored both in a 2-0 win.

Rovers had the first chance following some good work from striker Piquionne who headed wide at the back post after midfielder Gillett had whipped in a delightful cross from the right byline.

Five minutes later Lambert nearly pounced for the opener after Rovers keeper Ikeme had fumbled at his near post. De Ridder’s low right-wing cross was spilled by Ikeme, but the Wolves loan shot-stopper recovered to smother the ball just as Lambert hoped to poke home.

Former Liverpool marksman and Rovers captain Diouf had a glorious chance to score at the other end just two minutes later, but the Senegalese striker took too much time in getting a shot in and Saints skipper Fonte made a fine block to thwart him, deflecting his effort for a corner.

Two minutes before the break Lambert did well to keep the ball in play and the ball eventually fell at the feet of De Ridder, but his powerful right-foot shot was brilliantly blocked by Diouf on the edge of Rovers’ penalty area.

You could sense the anticipation from the home supporters who, up that stage, had very little to cheer about with their side have been kept quiet by the relegation-strugglers.

There were two minutes of injury-time but neither side created a chance on target as it remained goalless at the break.

HALF-TIME

Southampton.......0

Rovers.................. 0

Rovers started brightly after the resumption and they would have been very happy to have seen the Saints’ leading scorer Lambert substituted just four minutes into the second half.

The striker didn’t look injured, but even if it was tactical it had to benefit the visitors with Lambert having been so prolific this season.

In the 53rd minute Sharp had a chance but his shot inside the area lacked power and Ikeme was able to easily gather.

But the script seemed to have already been written as ex-Rover SHARP opened the scoring with a bullet header in the 58th minute.

The former Sheffield United striker timed his run to perfection, latching on to Cox’s inch-perfect cross to score. Maybe he was destined to score against his old club.

And in doing so Sharp picked up the unusual stat for having scored against both teams this season.

Goalscorer Sharp and Chimbonda then became embroiled in a spat just by the dugouts, with both players locking heads.

If Sharp hadn’t done enough damage by opening the scoring, he quickly made a nuisance of himself again by bagging his second goal for the club just 17 minutes later.

SHARP beat the offside trap and, with only Ikeme to beat, the striker coolly rifled into the bottom left-hand corner to complete a fine afternoon and effectively seal all three points for the hosts.

The ex-Rover celebrated by high-fiving Saints fans by the left-hand corner flag, but was booked for over-celebrating.