Dickov blasts ‘embarassing’ Rovers

Doncaster's Reece Wabarachallenges Boro's two-goal Albert Adomah
Doncaster's Reece Wabarachallenges Boro's two-goal Albert Adomah
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Paul Dickov likes finding positives.

But even the ‘glass-half-full’ Scot could not find anything good to say about Doncaster’s dreadful night on Teesside.

In fact he even went as far as to describe Rovers’ woeful performance as “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”.

Rovers’ squad felt the full wrath of Dickov after comfortably their worst display under their new manager.

They failed to produce anything like the high-tempo, high energy facets that Dickov demands.

And worse still, they completely forgot how to do many of the basics, as they conceded four horrible goals and failed to put a home side who were supposed to be lacking in confidence under any serious pressure.

The outcome could have been very different.

Had Coppinger fired an effort the other side of Steele’s post during the early exchanges, or Jones really connected with a free kick from the right, the restless Riverside locals and their team might have gone into panic mode.

But, instead, it took just eight minutes for a side still reeling from the departure of Tony Mowbray to ease their nerves - and the goal could not have been more galling from a Doncaster point of view.

Kamara dropped off his man and from half way played a simple ball over the top of Rovers’ high back-line and ADOMAH did the rest, coolly lobbing the oncoming Ross Turnbull to immediately lift spirits on Teesside. Oh so simple.

It was the worst possible start for Rovers, and the best for Boro and their caretaker boss Mark Venus.

But much worse was to follow for the visitors, and by the end Venus could have had the cigars out.

Rovers just could not handle Boro’s four-pronged attack of Kamara, Adomah, Carayol and Emnes. Every time they came forward, you feared the worst.

First Carayol drifted in from the flank and tested Turnbull with a fierce drive from the angle of the penalty area. He then showed more nifty footwork out wide but drilled an effort into the side netting, before finding space out wide and crossing for Kamara who headed over the bar.

Emnes then teed up Carayol in the box but the forward failed to keep his effort down with the goal at his mercy.

At the other end, the bright and industrious Duffy exchanged passes with Wabara but shot straight down Steele’s throat.

Jones and Quinn made vital interventions as Emnes and then Smallwood threatened to double the Teessiders’ advantage.

But they were powerless to prevent a second for ADOMAH, who met Smallwood’s cross with a downward header which zipped off the turf and past a hapless Turnbull.

Rovers came close to halving the deficit on the stroke of half time but Duffy’s corner narrowly evaded Jones and then Khumalo.

HALF-TIME

Boro.............. 2

Rovers............0

Dickov responded at half time by hauling off Quinn and bringing on Suk-Young. The left back was quickly in the action, stopping Adomah in his tracks before crossing dangerously at the other end.

Rovers, despite being neat and tidy in possession, were offering very little going forward.

Furman had a sight of goal but his effort was blocked by Leadbitter, who then played a key role in the goal that killed off Rovers.

The midfielder’s deep free kick from the left was met at the back post by CARAYOL who prodded home from close range.

Leadbitter forced another save from Turnbull with a powerful drive from distance, before Kamara and Emnes both went close as buoyant Boro went for the jugular.

In a rare moment of quality at the other end, substitute Cotterill picked out Brown who was unlucky to see his deft header come back off the post.

But minutes later Rovers’ misery was completed, and it was another set piece which proved to be their undoing.

This time AYALA rose highest to head home Leadbitter’s left wing corner and rub salt in Doncaster’s wounds.