Date:Sunday September 1 2013
31st August 2013, 3pm
This was a good day. As we all know, there are no easy games in the Championship, but this was about as straightforward a victory as we are likely to get this season. We thoroughly deserved the three points and I thought Doncaster were pretty average, to be frank.
The supporters` coach left Dean Court at 0730 and encountered virtually no traffic at all, arriving in Donny at 1230 after a stop at Warwick Services (wish I had shares in that place - it was packed again, just as it was when we stopped there en route to Huddersfield). So, the omens were good after a relatively easy journey, & all the pre-match talk in the pub - we went to that Beefeater outlet near to the stadium - was about the possible return to the team of Charlie Daniels & the likely formation. Basically the consensus was that if Daniels played & we went 4-4-2, we`d have a great chance of winning, and I`m pleased to say that is exactly what happened.
We got to the stadium and had a pie containing the interesting but winning combination of mushy peas and mince, although I was somewhat taken aback when a certain person (who shall remain nameless) said she was enjoying the 'mushy peaness` it contained. If you say this out loud, I can assure you it doesn`t sound that appetising…
Anyway, as I said, we went 4-4-2 with Grabbs and Pitman up front (Brett playing slightly deeper), Pugh, Macca, Arter and Frazer across the middle and Daniels (a 'one Charlie Daniels` chant went up before the kick-off, by the way), Cook, Ward and Francis as the back line. I feel this is currently our strongest line-up, and it worked. Right from the start we were attacking and in control of the game and my only concern was that, as happened at Watford in midweek, we wouldn`t capitalise on our domination.
We had multiple chances, the most notable of which was a Pitman header that hit the bar after about 20 mins, and I did wonder if we`d ever get the goal we deserved, but thankfully it came on around half an hour. Daniels sent a superb, swerving cross into the box from a free kick on the right, and it was one of those were we weren`t quite sure who got the final touch (it was up at the far end from us) but Brett has apparently been credited with the goal - a deft flick with his head evidently diverting the ball into the net. We then saw it out to half time with relative comfort, although there was a pretty feisty challenge by Cotterill on Arter in this period that saw the Donny man correctly booked. It was a little reminiscent of the McManaman sending off in the Wigan game, so maybe he was lucky it was only a yellow.
Also, Allsop managed to get himself booked at this stage for time wasting - quite an achievement in the first half! I think this is his second booking for time wasting this season, actually, so he probably needs to have a think about this aspect of his game. I wouldn`t want to see him ultimately pick up a suspension because of it.
Donny made more of a fist of it after the break (I presume Dickov gave them the hair dryer treatment during the break) but, although we weren`t quite as fluent, we still restricted them to long range efforts, mainly. Arter and MacDonald were still in control of the midfield, and for me this was the key to our dominance and victory. The only worry was that, without a second goal to kill the game, they might somehow nick one and spoil our day, but thankfully it didn`t happen. Ward probably had our best chance of the second half, but couldn`t make it count, and Grabban also had a headed chance well saved. Coulibaly came on for Frazer for the final 20 mins and showed much promise, and the other two substitutions (Thomas for Grabban, Elphick for Pugh) were made in stoppage time, presumably to help run down the clock.
So, a very good day out indeed, not least because we kept a clean sheet, which will do wonders for our confidence away from home after letting in so many at Watford and Huddersfield. Who`d have thought we`d have 9 points from our first 5 games and be sixth in the table?! I`d have bitten your hand off for that before the season started. It`s early days, of course, so no point in getting carried away, but I`m certainly going to enjoy reflecting on what I`d say is a more than satisfactory start to our campaign as we head into the international break. Okay, we`ve had two heavy beatings, but our three victories have been excellent and I think we all knew this season was likely to be a bit of a rollercoaster…
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