INJURY-hit Doncaster Rovers crashed to their biggest home defeat for over a decade in last night’s Championship clash against in-form Ipswich Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers, who have now lost their last three games, were on the receiving end of a 6-0 drubbing by a Tractor Boys side transformed since the arrival of manager Paul Jewell early last month.
Teenager Connor Wickham was the visitor’s hat-trick hero as they posted their biggest ever win over Rovers.
Rovers’ problems started earlier in the day when striker Billy Sharp (illness) and skipper Brian Stock (injury) both pulled out of an already depleted squad.
“It’s one of those things, but from that moment it was always going to be a tough game,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.
“Even though we lost 6-0, ironically we passed the ball at times better than we did on Saturday. The spirit was good and we kept going to the end against probably the form team in the Championship right now, and we could have had a couple of goals late on.
“But the manner of the goals we conceded was very disappointing.”
O’Kelly had no argument with Town’s last minute penalty given against Sam Hird, but he also felt that Rovers should have had a spot kick earlier in the game.
Although Rovers, who had given as good as they got before going behind to an own goal on 24 minutes, trailed 3-0 at the break, O’Kelly claimed that they still entertained an outside hope.
“You are also thinking about damage limitation, but you also think that if you can get a goal it’s 3-1 and all of a sudden you are back in the game,” he said.