DONCASTER Rovers got back on track, after three successive league defeats, in last night’s Championship clash against Burnley.
An own goal by Burnley defender Michael Duff secured Rovers a 1-0 home win and maintained their unbeaten record against the Clarets in Championship football. “It was an important result” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly. “We had a few scares with the ball dropping in the box and you’d like to have seen the crosses cut out, but it was nice to keep a clean sheet against a good a side as Burnley.”
Rovers gave 20 year-old keeper Gary Woods his first start when Neil Sullivan failed a late fitness test. “I thought he conducted himself very well,” said O’Kelly. Another man to catch his eye was midfielder Paul Keegan. “It was as good a full debut as you’d see,” enthused O’Kelly. “He was disciplined, organised and did what he had to do and only gave the ball away once all night.” Rovers suffered a blow when they lost striker James Hayter at the break with an ankle injury. “He got caught after about 35 minutes,” said O’Kelly. “He had been looking very lively and had been looking a threat - Billy Sharp had been creating space for him.”
James Coppinger picked up a badly bruised leg.