Doncaster suffered another defeat, but this time to Neil Harris’s Millwall at The Den, as Morison’s goal in the 6th and 8th minute secured them the three points, meaning Rover’s lose their second game in row, which makes it one win out of three for the new manager Darren Ferguson.
Chaplow is dropped from the entire 18 for a reason unknown to us (could be an injury), and is replaced with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair. Williams is dropped to the bench again as Harry Middleton comes in ,to replace him. So Rovers go with…
Doncaster XI: Stuckmann, Lund, McCullough, Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, Coppinger(c), Wellens, Middleton, Evina, Stewart and Tyson.
Doncaster Bench: Marosi, Forrester, Williams, N’Guessan, Gobern, Keegan and Whitehouse.
Millwall XI: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, J Martin, O’Brien, Saville, Thompson, Ferguson, Gregory and Morison.
Millwall Bench: Forde, Cummings, Onyedinma, L Martin, Webster, Powell and Pavey.
Well the first half was just exactly the same as Saturday’s. Rovers ended up conceding in the 6th and 8th minute to give Millwall a 2-0 lead at half time, just like the Peterborough game. By going down to 2-0 within the first ten minutes put emphasis on the fact that we need a new defense. Not only is the score line a major piece of evidence that we need new defender(s), but so is the line-up. We have no defenders on the bench, all of our defense is out on field. I really do hope that by Saturday we have at least two new defenders in to freshen up the defense, and inject some confidence into the them too.
However, the second half was a lot more brighter for Rover’s, but still not good enough. One positive was that we didn’t conceded straight away like we did on Saturday, which I guess you could say that, that is an improvement. Also, Forrester, and N’Guessan returned as they was substituted on in the second half, which I am happy about, because I was getting frustrated that they wasn’t starting as Forrester himself is one of our best player, and what I have seen from N’Guessan I have really liked as he has been strong when going forward. As well as this Forrester and Tyson was linking up well, which could persuade Ferguson to look into that partnership, and possibly include Keshi Anderson in that too.
Also, within the second half Rovers began to put pressure on Millwall, and had a few good chances with Harry Middleton having a shot from 25 yards – I believe – and just hitting the side netting, and Williams had a good chance to restore some hope when he had a shot after coming on for Mitchell Lund in 77th minute, but overall we need to be more clinical in the final third.
In my opinion, the players need to come home to the Keepmoat, because I think they’re lacking confidence after the Peterborough game, and I think after playing a match in front of the Black Bank on Saturday, with a win to add to that will hopefully re-store confidence in the players. So, on Saturday we go up against Colchester United, who at the beginning of the season was in a very similar position to our selves, and since then have escaped from this position, so I’m willing to put this game, and Peterborough’s game behind me if we can perform and take something away from the match at the Keepmoat on Saturday.
My Man of the Match: Harry Middleton