Doncaster Rovers 0 Ipswich Town 6

Sean O'Driscoll and Richard O'Kelly were clearly disapointed by Rovers performance against Ipswich Town. Picture: Liz Mockler D8416LM
Sean O'Driscoll and Richard O'Kelly were clearly disapointed by Rovers performance against Ipswich Town. Picture: Liz Mockler D8416LM

RED faced Rovers slumped to their worst ever home league defeat on a humiliating night at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Bizarrely, Sean O’Driscoll’s side played better in patches compared to Saturday’s wholly uninspiring 2-0 reverse to Portsmouth.

But another tragic defensive performance - and a toothless attacking display - condemned Rovers to a seventh defeat from their last eight games in all competitions.

Rovers, who played without a recognised striker after Billy Sharp’s withdrawal, began in determined fashion as Paul Keegan went close and John Oster tested Marton Fulop from distance.

But Sam Hird’s own goal, when his defensive header looped over the hapless Gary Woods, changed the whole complexion of the game - and moments later Colin Healy stroked home a second to leave Rovers reeling.

Gary Woods could then only parry Healy’s long range drive straight into the path of Wickham who rifled in a third before the break.

Rovers came out for the second period with the bit between their teeth - but it wasn’t long before their defensive deficiencies reared their ugly head yet again.

Wickham was left totally unmarked from a corner to slam home his second of the night before Gareth McAuley’s header from Jimmy Bullard’s free kick squeezed underneath Woods.

Rovers’ misery was completed in the last minute when Wickham drilled home a penalty after Hird’s tackle on the Tractor Boys’ 17-year-old hat trick hero.

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