Rovers 1 Birmingham City 3: Paul Goodwin’s verdict

Rovers' Fredric Piquionne scores against Birmingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' Fredric Piquionne scores against Birmingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

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TWO meetings with Birmingham City this season encapsulate exactly why Doncaster Rovers are in the desperate situation in which they now find themselves.

Rovers failed to hold onto a lead and an individual error cost them dearly at St Andrew’s in December.

On Friday night there was a sense of deja-vu to accompany an overwhelming feeling of despair and dejection.

Just like four months ago, the Blues came from a goal down and took advantage of some generous defending to leave Doncaster facing an uphill struggle to extend their four-year stay in the Championship.

Unforced errors, poor defending, conceding late goals, surrendering the lead, conceding from set pieces, gilt-edged misses - Rovers’ two games with Birmingham represent a recurring tale of woe.

Friday night’s episode will take some getting over; only an incredulous change in fortune will now prevent an unhappy ending.

*Read Paul Goodwin’s full post-match analysis in this week’s Free Press.