Doncaster Rovers 1 Hull City 1: Saunders' good start continues

SIMON Gillett's clinical second half finish secured a much needed point for Rovers and continued Dean Saunders' positive start at the club.

Following a poor first half performance, Rovers raised the tempo and were deserving of the share of the spoils which Gillett's fine half volley provided.

Hull were well in control from the off and it took a fabulous goalline clearance from James O'Connor to deny Martyn Waghorn the opener on 13 minutes.

Waghorn looked to flick the ball over Neil Sullivan but O'Connor slid in just in time to divert the effort out for a corner.

But the Tigers took the lead on 25 minutes through Waghorn.

Good interplay between the on loan Leicester striker and Corry Evans put Robert Koren in space on the left.

Koren sent in a low cross which Sullivan fumbled allowing Waghorn in to poke home.

Rovers' direct strategy proved ineffective for most of the half but they had increasing success in the later stages, only for the final ball to let them down.

After the break however the improvement was stark, especially following the introduction of Billy Sharp seven minutes in, a move which proved popular for the crowd.

The direct approach was dispensed with as Sharp played alongside Jon Parkin in a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation.

And Parkin proved key in Rovers' equaliser on 58 minutes.

Brian Stock delivered a fine ball to the far post which Parkin nodded back across goal and Gillett struck a fine half volley inside the near post.

Both sides exchanged chances in the remaining half hour, Robert Brady dragging his shot into the side netting and Parkin failing to get enough on a flick from a Sharp cross to take it over Hull keeper Adriano Basso.

But the best chance fell to Sharp when Stock sent a ball over the top of the defence only for the striker to fail to get enough power into his header to take it past Basso.

Rovers: Sullivan, O'Connor, Friend, Martis, Naylor, Stock, Oster (Lalkovic 75), Gillett, Coppinger (Bennett 84), Parkin, Hayter (Sharp 52). Subs not used: G Woods, Hird.