The Verdict by Paul Goodwin

Doncaster's James Coppinger has shot on goal to try and win the game. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster's James Coppinger has shot on goal to try and win the game. Picture: Andrew Roe

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ROVERS got the balance just right at Barnsley - to tip the survival scales firmly in their favour.

At Hull, much to Sean O’Driscoll’s annoyance, all Doncaster wanted to do was attack.

Defending was an afterthought.

The opposite was then almost true against Crystal Palace as Rovers switched their focus to being organised and hard to break down.

Jason Euell and James Coppinger had the best opportunities to make Good Free-day even more memorable - but this time it was the final pass or shot that eluded them.

Monday’s trip to Barnsley, however, saw Doncaster get the balance between attacking and defending spot on.

They attacked with flair and looked dangerous from set pieces.

But they also defended as a team - and with a genuine grit and determination.

For the full story, see this week’s Free Press.