Doncaster Rovers: Forrester blasts ‘unacceptable’ display at Walsall

Harry Forrester tries to beat Adam Chambers and James O'Connor. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Harry Forrester tries to beat Adam Chambers and James O'Connor. Photo: Steve Uttley.
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Harry Forrester admits Walsall made a ‘mockery’ of Rovers during the second half of Doncaster’s woeful weekend defeat.

Paul Dickov’s men struggled to get into their stride in the Midlands as James Baxendale’s first half injury time opener kicked things off for the Saddlers.

After the restart, striker Tom Bradshaw and instrumental midfielder Anthony Forde hit Walsall’s other goals to see Dean Smith’s men collect a comfortable 3-0 victory from the League One clash.

Despite Forrester feeling that Doncaster were the better team towards the end of the first half, he labelled the performance after the interval as ‘totally unacceptable’.

“First half there wasn’t much in it, we got a bit of possession together without really hurting their goal,” said Rovers’ attacking midfielder.

“I think we were on top in the first half and then the goal comes late on.

“The second half is just totally unacceptable from every player on the pitch.

“I think they made a mockery of us second half which is very disappointing.”

Forrester was also unhappy with the time Rovers conceded the first as ex-Doncaster midfielder Baxendale rattled home in the third minute of first half stoppage time.

“That’s when it matters. You’ve got to concentrate even more and make sure you don’t concede, it was just sloppy from us and it put us on the backfoot,” the 23-year-old said.

“We’re going in at half time very disappointed instead of upbeat because we did perform well.”

He went on: “It was over a bit too early.

“We’ve come out, we’ve had a bit of a go and then they’ve scored again but that doesn’t excuse our performance.

“We came up short so it’s going to be a frustrating week at training but we’ve got to put it right for Saturday.”