Bogey grounds, Niall Ennis, James Coppinger and other talking points from Doncaster Rovers' defeat at Fleetwood Town

Doncaster Rovers suffered a 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town on a thoroughly frustrating afternoon in the north west.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 2:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:46 pm

Goals from Ched Evans and Harry Souttar were enough for the hosts to secure the win in a tight contest where Niall Ennis pulled a goal back for Rovers.

Here we look at a selection of the talking points from the fixture.

HE IS FALLIBLE AFTER ALL

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Niall Ennis goes for goal in Doncaster Rovers' defeat to Fleetwood Town. Picture: Howard Roe
Niall Ennis goes for goal in Doncaster Rovers' defeat to Fleetwood Town. Picture: Howard Roe

It would certainly be harsh to point the finger of blame entirely at Seny Dieng for the first goal Rovers conceded. He was certainly impeded as he looked to claim a corner and the bluster wind did not help either. But that he failed to do so was eyebrow-raising - simply because it is so rare for the ball not to stick to his lands like he is wearing flypaper gloves. Other than a moment’s lapse, he was his typically assured self and showed no signs of the error having had an effect on it.

A POINT TO PROVENiall Ennis is on an excellent run of form currently and, just as he did in the midweek win over Southend United, he showed excellent attacking threat. He picked up the ball in good areas after battling his socks off and seemed to be looking for goal much more regularly than he has previously. He could easily have grabbed a second goal to add to his well-taken first. Last week Ennis was Rovers’ lone attacking hope. Now, with four new signings through the door, he is facing intense competition for a starting shirt. So far, he is standing up to that competition really well.

THE COPPINGER QUESTION

Another away game, another substitute appearance for James Coppinger. Darren Moore has shown himself to be more than willing to bench the club’s record appearance maker if it makes tactical sense. And yet again Moore was proven pretty much spot on in his assessment. The game called for Madger Gomes’ busyness, rushing and harrying in opposition territory to unsettle Fleetwood and prevent them from dominating midfield. It was another strong performance from the Spanish midfielder. In short, it was not particularly a game for Coppinger - up until the final 20 minutes when he could use his quality in tight spaces around the Fleetwood midfield. Seeing Coppinger on the bench will take some getting used to, but it is an approach that looks to be here to stay - and justifiably so.

THE WAITING GAME

Rovers may have four new bodies in through the door but we won’t necessarily see a great deal of them too quickly. Darren Moore resisted any temptation to start any of the three new faces available to him, though Devante Cole and Fejiri Okenabirhie were introduced in the second half. Moore wants those two, plus Jacob Ramsey and Jason Lokilo, to be smartened up in the ways of his side and the playing philosophy as quickly as he can but may not get a real opportunity to work with them closely until the start of next month when there are no midweek games. Until then, it will likely be down to the new quartet to impress in any chances they get.

UNHAPPY HUNTING GROUNDA fifth visit to Highbury. A fifth game without a win. Though at least on this occasion, Rovers managed to find the net - something they had only done on one previous occasion. Strong winds and the bitter cold were enough to put anyone off a return visit. And then the game started and made the whole experience even worse. Undoubtedly a bogey ground for Rovers.