Match Of The Week: Southampton 1-2 Doncaster Rovers

Ten years ago, Southampton and Doncaster Rovers went into their matches desperately seeking points to avoid relegation. Southampton had just been knocked out of the FA Cup by Fulham, who were on their way into the second division of English football under Kevin Keegan. They had won their last league match against Charlton, but a 7-1 defeat at Anfield left them three points adrift of Coventry City in the Premier League relegation places, although they would go on to pull just clear of the drop. On the same day, Doncaster Rovers beat Morecambe 2-1 at Belle Vue in the Conference. It was their first win in five matches, but it was enough for them to leapfrog over Welling United and out of the relegation places in the Football Conference. Doncaster also revived their fortunes over the course of the second half of the season, eventually finishing in sixteenth place in the table. Since then, the two clubs have had vastly differing fortunes. Southampton made it to the FA Cup final in 2002, losing to Arsenal at the Millenium Stadium, but were relegated in 2005 and have never looked that likely to get back into the Premier League since then. Doncaster Rovers were promoted back into the Football League at the end of the 2002/03 season as play-off winners, and again into League Two at the end of the following...

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