Fans’ Forum - Paul Mayfield: Derby victory was crucial for Doncaster Rovers

Reece Wabara scores Rovers equaliser past Jordan Pickford.'Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers.  SkyBet League 1. 1 November 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Reece Wabara scores Rovers equaliser past Jordan Pickford.'Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers. SkyBet League 1. 1 November 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Paul Dickov seems to enjoy a derby day after winning another Yorkshire clash, this time against Bradford - and what an important win it was.

Although things did not look to be heading our way when veteran striker Jon Stead fired in a first half stoppage time opener for the Bantams.

I was disappointed that the tackle on Cedric Evina - which led to him being stretchered off - was not punished more.

For me, the turning point in the game came when City substituted Stead early in the second half.

Not long after that happened, Reece Wabara equalised thanks to a great cross from substitute Liam Wakefield.

And Curtis Main finished things off with a superb strike much to the delight of Doncaster’s brilliant travelling contigent of nearly 1,000.

The fans gave the team tremendous support and it really spurred Rovers on to get a vital derby day victory.

That three points means that we avoid the relegation zone. Failure to grab the maximum haul would have seen us drop into the mire - albeit with games in hand - so it was a massively important game.

And it was also Dickov’s birthday - so no doubt that made the celebrations all the more sweeter.

I was incredibly impressed with Sam Johnstone, I thought he played a blinder in goal and you can see why Manchester United value him so highly.

So, we’re back on the road once more.

Next up it’s onto the West Country for the lengthy journey to take on Conference South strugglers Weston-Super-Mare.

We shouldn’t take them lightly as there is always a potential banana skin in the FA Cup.

I personally love visiting these kinds of clubs and their grounds.

For me, the magic of the FA Cup is still very much alive and I’m sure that’s the same for Dickov and his Rovers players.

The money the club can win with a good result is not to be sniffed at either.

We’ve been allocated 600 tickets and I’m sure they’ll be taken up for the trip down south. Weston are also expecting a record crowd in total.

Obviously it’s a break from League One action but it means we can take Saturday’s victory from Valley Parade into the cup match.

We should be going there in confident mood and not be too complacent.