Smash and grab Sharp

Goal ace: Rovers striker Billy Sharp celebrates after scoring their opening goal at Pride Park last night.            Picture: Dean Atkins
Goal ace: Rovers striker Billy Sharp celebrates after scoring their opening goal at Pride Park last night. Picture: Dean Atkins
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A BILLY Sharp double helped secure Doncaster Rovers a 3-1 Championship win over fellow strugglers Derby County at Pride Park last night.

Sharp scored either side of the interval as Rovers sentenced the Rams, who had beaten them at the Keepmoat earlier in the season, to a fifth successive home defeat. “As I always say, goals change games,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

“We struggled to find our rhythm in the first half, and young keeper Gary Woods pulled off several vital saves.

“He stood up well and his distribution was good 90 per cent of the time and put the ball exactly where we wanted him to,” said O’Kelly.

“Billy was getting frustrated in the first half, but he got on the end of a magnificent pass by Paul Keegan to score against the run of play.

“First half, we were under the cosh; there was no doubt about that. They’ve got some good players and they created some good chances.

“I imagine they still fancied their chances at half time and probably felt that if they could pull a goal back they could go on and win it. So, in that respect, the timing of our second goal couldn’t have been better from our point of view.

“That put them on the back foot after that, and they started making changes.”

Full-back Joe Mills hammered the final nail into Derby’s coffin.