Kevin Nolan (9 mins)
James Coppinger (73 mins)
, Mar 10, 2012
Ground: Upton Park , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 34,650
Reid test for Hammers West Ham will check on defender Winston Reid ahead of the visit of Doncaster.
Reid has missed the Hammers' last two matches after he was knocked unconscious playing for New Zealand last week.
Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is still missing with a hamstring injury, defender Guy Demel remains sidelined with a thigh problem and striker John Carew is short of fitness after knee trouble.
But the Hammers have no new injury worries after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Watford on Wednesday.
Boss Sam Allardyce made the rare move of starting with a 4-4-2 formation against the Hornets but reverted to 4-3-3 when his side were chasing an equaliser.
Winger Ricardo Vaz Te climbed off the bench to grab the leveller and could return to the starting line-up.
Tommy Spurr is an injury doubt for Doncaster.
The former Sheffield Wednesday full-back was withdrawn with a hip injury during Tuesday's 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest and boss Dean Saunders will act cautiously as Spurr only recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a problem with the joint.
"He's going to train on Friday but he's had a problem with his hip in the past and we'll see how he is," said Saunders. "It didn't look good at the time when he had to come off." Herita Ilunga spent time on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this season and is back training with Rovers following his release by the Hammers. Saunders has stated he will pursue a short-term deal for the left-back if Spurr is ruled out.
Habib Bamogo returned to training on Thursday and could contest a place in attack following a hamstring injury, although the game is expected to come too soon for Martin Woods after the midfielder had a pain-killing injection in his knee.
West Ham vs Doncaster
Last modified 17:27 10/03/12
Hammers held by Donny West Ham lost ground at the top of the npower Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Doncaster outfit.
Kevin Nolan's ninth goal of the season capped a dominant start for the hosts but they took their foot off the gas and were punished when James Coppinger levelled in the 73rd minute.
The hosts looked to have got off to a flying start when Ricardo Vaz Te had the ball in the net inside the opening minute but the Portuguese was penalised for a foul on Pascal Chimbonda.
It took just another two minutes before the Hammers threatened again as Carlton Cole collected a pass from Jack Collison and rifled a 20-yard effort against the crossbar.
The inevitable breakthrough came after nine minutes as Nolan stabbed in from close range after Rovers failed to clear their lines following Henri Lansbury's shot.
Dean Saunders' men briefly relieved the pressure when El-Hadji Diouf broke away down the right but his threatening cross was plucked out of the air by Rob Green just as Mamadou Bagayoko was closing in.
Sam Allardyce was forced to make a change midway through the opening half when Vaz Te went down clutching his hamstring. He was replaced by Sam Baldock.
With the home side beginning to lose some of their impetus, Doncaster sensed an opportunity to get a foothold in the game and Coppinger's powerful strike, which Green had to palm around the post, underlined their increasing threat.
They continued to grow into the game after the interval, with Diouf providing their most promising outlet. The Senegalese whipped in a free-kick which Giles Barnes nodded narrowly wide.
The Hammers sought to reassert their authority with a prolonged spell of pressure but Rovers pressed the ball well, restricting the space the hosts had to work in.
When Doncaster won it back they caused panic in the penalty area as Coppinger's cross was left by Green before James Tomkins eventually took charge of the situation to clear to safety.
But with 17 minutes to go the visitors deservedly drew level as Simon Gillett kept the ball alive in the box and Coppinger capitalised to steer it in from close range.
Upton Park held its breath when Coppinger delivered for Diouf with five minutes to play but he could not make clean contact with his shot and Green turned the ball away for a corner.
The draw extends West Ham's unbeaten run to seven matches but Southampton's victory over Barnsley means they are three points behind in the race for the title.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|22||Henri Lansbury(sub 56)|
|4||Kevin Nolan(sub 79)|
|12||Ricardo Vaz Te(sub 24)|
|7||Sam Baldock(sub 24)|
|25||Danny Collins(sub 79)|
|32||Gary O'Neil(sub 56)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|4||Shelton Martis(sub 74)|
|49||Mamadou Bagayoko(sub 59)|
|16||John Oster(sub 59)|
|21||Sam Hird(sub 74)|