Rovers halt the big slide

Down but not out: Rovers keeper Neil Sullivan after Norwich's goal - but his side battled back for a draw.                Picture: Stephen Pond
Down but not out: Rovers keeper Neil Sullivan after Norwich's goal - but his side battled back for a draw. Picture: Stephen Pond
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DONCASTER Rovers checked their slide down the Championship table following four successive defeats when holding promotion-chasing Norwich City to a 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium.

The Canaries looked set to avenge a 3-1 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium in September after taking a first-half lead, but Rovers, who again had more than a dozen players sidelined, grabbed a late equaliser courtesy of an own goal.

“I thought that we deserved a point,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly. “We played with a lot of spirit for a side who have been on the run we’ve been on of late.

“It’s a difficult place to come and they like to play on the front foot all the time and we tried to match them up.

“I thought having Brian Stock back gave us a better balance in midfield and we looked a threat going forward.

“Jason Euell and Franck Moussa both did well. Franck took to his role like a duck to water. I was pretty pleased with him to be honest.

“He got into some good positions. If you were looking to criticise him you would say that his hold up play could have been better, but overall he did well.

“George Friend was immense in the back-four and I thought Wayne Thomas did well. The full-backs defended well and also got forward, which is what you are looking for them to do.”

Both striker Steve Brooker and midfielder Simon Gillett are expected to resume full training tomorrow.

The club will be holding their second fans’ forum at the Brooke Arms in Thorne tonight (7.30pm). Members of the Rovers’ management team and club officials, as well as Supporters’ Club officials, are all expected to be in attendance. All supporters are welcome.