DONCASTER Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly has welcomed the fact that the club have no midweek game this week for the first time in five weeks.
“I’m so pleased,” he said. “Those that need extra work, we can give them that, and others can have a bit of a rest.”
“I’m pleased that we’ve got through the period with the number of points we’ve picked up.
“We would have liked to have taken more, but in the circumstances - certainly in the last five games when we’ve won one, drawn three and lost one - we’ve shown a lot of resilience and the attributes we’ve shown bodes well for us.”
He added: “Obviously we are pleased to have kept a clean sheet the City Ground which is a tough place to come.
“Shelton Martis hasn’t played much of late but he again did a sterling job. The fact that he’s played two games in five days caught up with him, and he also took a knock, but he’s okay.
“Sam Hird came off with cramp and Mark Wilson also came off with an injury in the second half.”
Wilson got a good reception from the Doncaster fans when he came off on 63 minutes.
“Mark gave what he always gives - 100 per cent,” said O’Kelly. “He’s an unsung player at times, but he’s got a great personality and a great character and he affects other people around him.”
Spurs loanee Ryan Mason came on for Wilson and went close to winning the game for Rovers.
“Ryan has shown what he can do in the last two games” said O’Kelly.
“Prior to that, even though he played a couple of games, I don’t think we’ve seen the real Ryan Mason. I think he feels more comfortable in his surroundings.
“He’s got over his back problems and, as we’ve seen today, he’s comfortable on the ball.
“Ryan, James Hayter, Franck Moussa and James Coppinger all looked a threat, especially in the last ten minutes or so.
“Simon Gillett hadn’t played for a ong time because of injury, but what a performance he produced. He was absolutely outstanding and epitomised the spirit in the team.
“Another who probably deserves special mention is Matt Kilgallon. The last two games he’s gone on the pitch and given us a (selection) problem. He missed an awful lot of football before he came here and he’s found it difficult to get up to speed. But he’s trained really hard and he’s showing great enthusiasm on the training ground now and that shows when he comes on the pitch.”