No panic from O’Kelly as Rovers make it three defeats in a row

Battling on: Rovers' Mustapha Dumbuya in a chase for the ball in the 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat Stadium last night.      Picture: Steve Taylor
Battling on: Rovers' Mustapha Dumbuya in a chase for the ball in the 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat Stadium last night. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers dropped into the Championship relegation zone after losing for the third successive game in last night’s home game against Nottingham Forest.

A first half goal by defender Chris Gunter secured Steve McClaren’s side their first win at the Keepmoat since Rovers returned to the second tier. As was the case in the defeats against Brighton and West Ham, Rovers were unlucky to finish empty handed.

“If we perform in every game like we did tonight for the rest of the season we’ll win more than we lose,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

“I might be biased. but from the touchline I thought that we were streets ahead of them. I thought their goal came against the run of play, It came from a header from a cross and it is always hard to defend when you are 5ft 8in against someone who is five inches taller.

“We dominated play in the second half, as we did in the first, but there are probably things we need to improve on in the last third of the pitch.

“But the group of players in the four games we’ve played have been first class.”

John Oster again caught O’Kelly’s eye.

“You worry about bigging a player up too much,” he said, “but his understanding of the game and the way he influences the other players is first class.”

Simon Gillett and skipper George Friend were among others to impress O’Kelly who called upon supporters to keep the faith. New loan signing from Manchester United, Reece Brown made his debut late in the game.

Although better known as full-back, Brown, signed at 4.30pm, played in midfield.