Match Analysis: Doncaster Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0 - Dickov’s men have found the answer to Keepmoat quandary

Nathan Tyson celebrates his goal against Yeovil

Nathan Tyson celebrates his goal against Yeovil

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It is the question that has more often than not been asked of Rovers at the Keepmoat this season.

How do you break down an opposition who are more than happy to sit on the back foot from the first whistle to the last?

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Andy Butler beats Gozie Ugwu

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Andy Butler beats Gozie Ugwu

So often have they been stumped by this, leading to poor home form driven by disappointing results against teams they really ought to have beaten.

And the name of Yeovil Town could easily have been added to the list of sides to which Rovers had no adequate response.

But Rovers emphatically answered the question to reap the reward of their biggest home win of the season.

It was no coincidence that the victory followed the biggest triumph of the campaign, the midweek mauling of Crawley Town.

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Abdul Razak

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Abdul Razak

Rovers looked like a side who scored five - and could have had more - in their previous game as they oozed confidence from the start.

And, more importantly, they showed their ruthless edge once again.

Nathan Tyson put them ahead in the first half as Rovers found a rare crack in the Yeovil brick wall.

And after the break, when the visitors loosened the shackles slightly, Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett punished them to secure a deservedly comfortable victory.

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Kyle Bennett celebrates his goal

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Kyle Bennett celebrates his goal

Rovers started brightly but found creating clear opportunities on goal difficult against Yeovil’s packed defence.

A five man back line was shielded by midfield duo James Berrett and Sam Foley while former Rovers forward James Hayter repeatedly dropped incredibly deep in attempt to bring his side out.

It meant for a particularly congested final third for Rovers to try and penetrate.

The most success came in wide areas with both Harry Forrester and Kyle Bennett looking lively. Play just outside the box was rather strong as well but opportunities for a probing final ball were few and far between.

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers players celebrate Dean Furman goal

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers players celebrate Dean Furman goal

Dickov has said numerous times that Paul Keegan is good at what he is good at, namely breaking up play and moving the ball on quickly.

And while that was a big feature of his game on Saturday, it was only part of it over a brilliant performance.

With Rovers on song, Keegan had a fresh bounce to his step. His positioning was more often than not advanced and he sought to create chances and harry the opposition defence, making it incredibly difficult for Yeovil to stop the onslaught.

He typified everything that was so good about Rovers as they continued to knock on the door.

A welcome 15 minute cameo came for Abdul Razak, denied playing time since his arrival in Doncaster due to red tape.

But even a player as confident as the Ivory Coast international clearly is must be wondering how he will force his way into a Rovers midfield brimming with class and finding top form.

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Dean Furman slots the ball past Artur Krysiak for goal two

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Dean Furman slots the ball past Artur Krysiak for goal two

Keegan had Rovers’ first real shot on goal after 19 minutes when he unleashed a drive from 25 yards that seemed destined for the top corner before Artur Krysiak tipped it wide.

To Yeovil’s credit, they were resolute and it increasingly seemed as though it would take a mistake for them to concede.

Unfortunately for the visitors that came on 22 minutes.

Krysiak fumbled a low drive from Forrester from the corner of the box and Tyson pounced, drilling in from close range to put Rovers in front.

Rovers eased off slightly after going ahead but could easily have seen their lead doubled but for a fine save from Krysiak, atoning for his error.

A free kick from Bennett looped up off the wall, wrong footing the Yeovil keeper who quickly recovered to hook the ball off the line.

The Glovers did not threaten until the 33rd minute when Gozie Ugwu fired straight at Stephen Bywater.

But they would have a strong period just before the break when sloppy play from Rovers let them into the game.

Paul Dickov confessed to criticising his players at half time due to this period and they did look in need of a reminder of the fragility of their lead.

Ugwu saw a shot deflect wide for a corner from which the ball fell to Berrett on the edge of the box and his strike kicked off Dean Furman, forcing quick reactions from Bywater.

Yeovil came out, as expected, with much more attacking intent for the second half, ensuring a much more open game.

But they had little to trouble Rovers who looked more than capable of seeing out their lead.

After the first 12 minutes of the half however, they eased any remaining tension with the second goal.

Curtis Main - a second half substitute for the injured Forrester - surged down the right and cut back a low pass from the byline to Furman who fired underneath Krysiak from eight yards out.

It was the hammerblow needed to demolish Yeovil’s challenge before it had really begun and a refreshingly ruthless one at that.

Rovers did not quite show the killer instinct from four days earlier against Crawley as they eased off after the second.

But allowing pressure from Yeovil did bring a quite brilliant third goal.

Tyson - who has emerged as the frontrunner for the title of Rovers’ best forward in recent weeks - collected a clearance from a Yeovil corner just outside his own box.

And there was only one thought in his mind as he charged into the opposition half.

Tyson reached the edge of the Yeovil box and drilled a low pass onto which Bennett arrived and touched the ball past a stranded Krysiak.

The scoreline was nothing more than Rovers deserved and the win proved particularly important on a day when most of their rivals for a top six finish slipped up.

Just 11 weeks of the season remain and Rovers could have hit their stride at just the right time.

Rovers: Bywater 6, Wabara 7, Butler 8, McCombe 6, Stevens 7, Keegan 9, Bennett 8, Wellens 7 (Razak 74 6), Furman 8, Forrester 7 (Main 49 6), Tyson 9 (Robinson 81).

Subs not used: Marosi, Wakefield, Evina, Whitehouse.

Yeovil: Krysiak 8, Shephard, 6 Athurworrey 6, Moore 6, Nugent 6 (A Smith 59 6), N Smith 6, Berrett 6, Foley 6, Leitch-Smith 5 (Hoskins 37 6), Hayter 6, Ugwu 5.

Subs not used: Bell, Twumasi, Loza, Stewart, Morgan.

Att: 5,950

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)

A rather unobtrusive presence in the game but was occasionally too eager to blow for a foul rather than allowing play to continue

HERO

Paul Keegan has been among Rovers’ best players this season and he added another outstanding performance to his catalogue on Saturday. Full of energy, clever both on and off the ball, Keegan showed a creative edge to his usual reliable break-up play. The unsung hero will not stay unlauded for long.

VIEWPOINT

For the second time in just a few days, Rovers were a pleasure to watch. There can be no denying that they are among the best in the division when it comes to midfield creativity. But with the new ruthlessness in attack, they are finally beginning to edge towards a league position that reflects where they are positioned in the division.

KEY MOMENT

Artur Krysiak’s fumble of Harry Forrester’s shot allowed Nathan Tyson in to put Rovers ahead. Rovers were finding clear opportunities few and far between, and there has been plenty of evidence throughout the season to predict they would have grown frustrated and sloppy at the sight of a closed door. Instead they got their breakthrough and went on to a comfortable win.

MANAGERS’ VIEW

PAUL DICKOV

“After the disappointment of the Walsall game, the boys have shown a lot of character and quality.

“To score eight goals in four or five days and concede none is a big testament to them.

“I was worried about today. After a result like that and winning 5-0, people can get carried away.”

TERRY SKIVERTON

“It seemed to be an uphill battle after the first goal. You can see how Crawley might have been done for five. We had to ride our luck at time and we had to readjust our shape.

“The main positive is that we are four points away from getting ourselves out of the relegation zone. I think that’s the main one after today.”

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Paul Keegan attacks Sam Hoskins

NSST 14-2-15 Doncaster Rovers v Yeovil Town Skybet League One''Rovers Paul Keegan attacks Sam Hoskins

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