Doncaster Rovers: Player ratings from victory over Walsall

Doncaster Rovers secured back-to-back home wins by beating relegation-threatened Walsall 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Sunday, 31st March 2019, 9:11 pm
Mallik Wilks
Mallik Wilks

Here’s how we rated today’s individual performances...

MARKO MAROSI 7

His kicking was poor at times but he made two excellent saves to keep out Blackett-Smith and Ismail.

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MATTY BLAIR 6

Held his position for much of the game rather than bombing on, coming up with some important tackles and interventions.

PAUL DOWNING 7

Quietly went about his business in his usual composed fashion.

ANDY BUTLER 7

Bossed lone striker Josh Gordon with his physicality and organised things at the back.

DANNY ANDREW 7

Competent defensively, decent in possession and topped it off by firing home a lovely freekick.

TOMMY ROWE 7

Showed plenty of maturity and discipline in that deeper midfield role.

ALI CRAWFORD 6

The more defensive midfield role does not come naturally to him but he did a decent job for the team.

KIERAN SADLIER 6

Had a quiet first half but came to life following the re-start, only to then get hooked for Smith.

JAMES COPPINGER 8

Enjoying his move into a central position. Constantly found pockets of space, classy on the ball. A joy to watch.

MALLIK WILKS 9

Won the penalty, scored a delightful goal and caused problems all afternoon with his direct running and trickery.

JOHN MARQUIS 7

Showed some lovely touches and ran himself into the ground as per normal. Scored from the spot to end a sequence of eight games without a goal.

Subs used

TYLER SMITH 6

His pace and directness down the left gave Walsall something else to think about.

LIRAK HASANI N/A

Nice touch as the 16-year-old replaced Coppinger to make his home debut.

ALFIE MAY N/A

Came on as a late replacement for Wilks.

Subs not used

Louis Jones, Tom Anderson, Alfie Beestin.

WALSALL

Roberts 6, Devlin 6, Scarr 6, Guthrie 6, Leahy 6, Kinsella 6, Osbourne 5 (Cook 52, 6), Dobson 6, Ismail 7 (Ferrier 68, 6), Blackett-Taylor 6 (Oteh 83, 5), Gordon 7. Subs not used: Slinn, Edwards, Fitzwater, Norman.