Doncaster Rovers: Surprise factor still alive and kicking, says Free Press writer Paul Goodwin

Dark clouds descend on the John Smith's Stadium.

Dark clouds descend on the John Smith's Stadium.

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One thing never ceases to amaze me covering Doncaster Rovers - and that’s how patronising some people can be, writes Paul Goodwin.

It was evident yet again after the game on Saturday when the assembled media gathered in the press room at Huddersfield’s plush John Smith’s Stadium. It’s not the first time it’s happened this season either.

The tone adopted by one particular reporter was of complete astonishment at the nature of Doncaster’s dominant first half display.

The undertone was ‘how could little Doncaster come here and play like that?’.

Championship managers, unlike their media counterparts, are unlikely to be so short-sighted.

But the attitude of the nation’s press shows that Doncaster’s ‘surprise factor’ is alive and kicking.

And if rival coaches or players dare to underestimate Rovers this season then they are in for a very big surprise.

Results might not have gone for Rovers this week but the two performances again showcased this team’s ability to ruffle a few feathers in the Championship. Underestimate Rovers at your peril.

PICTURE - storm clouds gather above the John Smith’s Stadium last Saturday - by Simon Hulme.