Doncaster Rovers 0 Portsmouth 2

Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth. Dean Shiels makes a attacking run into the box closely tracked by Liam Lawrence
Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth. Dean Shiels makes a attacking run into the box closely tracked by Liam Lawrence

SEAN O’Driscoll refused to continue his war of words with Steve Cotterill after watching his side outfought and outsmarted by no-nonsense Portsmouth.

The two managers locked horns on the touchline during the closing stages of a bad tempered contest and continued their furious argument after the final whistle.

But after the game - as Rovers reflected upon a sixth defeat from their last seven matches - O’Driscoll brushed aside his altercation with Cotterill.

“What was said is between me and Steve,” said the Rovers boss.

“It was like a couple of kids in a playground really and I don’t want to get into it.

“We’ll have a glass of wine together and move on.”

Rovers’ best chance of a scrappy first half came when James Coppinger dribbled his way into the six yard box but his shot lacked conviction and was easily saved by Jamie Ashdown.

Pompey claimed a scarely deserved lead two minutes before the break when Dave Kitson pounced from close range after Greg Halford’s shot came back off the post.

And the wind was taken from Rovers’ sails seven minutes into the second half when Joel Ward latched onto David Nugent’s knock down and casually lobbed Gary Woods to double the visitors’ lead.

Doncaster huffed and puffed against a well organised Pompey side and failed to create a clearcut opening until a minute before time when substitute Ryan Mason played in James Chambers but the full back’s effort was smothered by Ashdown.

Rovers hope to bounce back on Tuesday night when they host Ipswich Town (7.45pm).

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