Rovers wear Sunday best

DONCASTER Rovers produced their Sunday best to beat Crewe 2-0 in yesterday's home League One clash.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th September 2007, 8:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th September 2007, 9:09 am

Rovers' first home win in the league saw them climb out of the bottom four and up to 14th place - just two points off a play-off spot.

"Crewe are confident in what they do and they don't panic and in a sense they are a difficult team to play against," said Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll. "But we did our homework and we'd worked well in training and it was nice to end like that."

Rovers were dominant throughout but had to wait until the 31st minute to open their account through striker Paul Heffernan's first league goal.

Some fans have been critical of last season's top scorer, but he retains O'Driscoll's support.

"Paul contributed so much against Bradford City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game without getting on the scoresheet but he was always a threat," said O'Driscoll.

"It was nice for him to score and it was also nice to see Jason Price back as well.

"It has been such a long way back and he is still a bit rusty and I think that you could see that when he came on.

"He is still not quite ready to start but he gives us another option and he is almost a bit of a lucky talisman for us and hopefully that will continue this season.

"It was another step on the road and it will have whetted his appetite and now he has obviously got to get back to the training pitch this week and continue to work hard."

Though keen to have Price fully match fit as quickly as possible, O'Driscoll is fortunate in having enough quality in his squad to avoid rushing him back too soon.

Lewis Guy was promoted to the starting line-up and produced a performance which will make it difficult for O'Driscoll to leave him out against Southend at Roots Hall this weekend.

"Lewis is bright and makes great runs and people don't always appreciate what he does," argued the Doncaster boss.

"When you are playing against blanket defences you need people who can make the runs before you can make a pass.

"Lewis is prepared to make the runs and has done that ever since he's been here and we've been telling him to keep doing that.

"Lewis popped up all over the field today but when we play with a front four the players can inter-change. That is the beauty of the system.

"We were well beaten," admitted Crewe's technical director Dario Gradi. "We were out-passed and their keeper hardly had a save to make."