Paul Goodwin gives his view on a typically tight South Yorkshire derby between Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley, which Rovers won 1-0.
Barnsley showed plenty of fighting spirit but on the balance of play Doncaster were deserved winners. The Tykes only mustered one shot on target, while Rovers might have won by more had it not been for some poor finishing. Both teams have more than enough to finish comfortably mid-table this season. However, League One is so tight, a good run or bad run for either side means anything is still possible.
Harry Forrester was one of only a handful of players on the pitch capable of producing a moment of magic like he did. After a slow start to his Doncaster career, the former Brentford winger is finally starting to show his full potential. He injected life into Rovers immediately upon coming on and his goal was worthy of winning any game.
Winning back-to-back home league games could be a watershed moment for a Doncaster side with ambitions of breaking into the top six. Rovers’ shocking home form was clearly holding them back. But wins over Coventry and Barnsley, sandwiched either side of a decent draw with Bristol City in the FA Cup, have got that particular monkey off their back as the business end of the season approaches.
Kevin Wright infuriated Barnsley by failing to award them a first half penalty. There were no complaints, however, about Mason Holgate’s red card.
“I thought it was deserved. I’m really pleased with the players, two Saturdays in a row now, we’ve scored late goals.
“It shows the fitness levels of the players are high and the spirit’s really high as well.
“People are looking at our home form and rightly so. Earlier on in the season, with the amount of chances that we had, we might have given up a little bit.
“But the boys kept going and ironically, the hardest chance we got, Harry stuck it in the top corner.”
“The disappointing thing from my point of view is we were quite comfortable.
“I thought defensively we performed well, we got behind the ball well, worked hard to minimise their chances.
“I think the goal again has come from a very good situation that we had and not made the most of it.
“We were in a great position in attacking mode, and from one end of the pitch to the other, they score.”