Doncaster Rovers 1 Peterborough United 1: Paul Goodwin’s verdict

Rovers' Giles Barnes celebrates his goal against Peterborough. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' Giles Barnes celebrates his goal against Peterborough. Picture: Andrew Roe

IF ever there was a game that illustrated the fine margins involved in football, then this was it.

What seemed to be heading towards the narrowest of hard earned home wins - until it was cruelly snatched away by Tyrone Barnett’s stoppage time header - could have lifted Doncaster off the bottom of the Championship.

Victory would have given Rovers a huge lift ahead of the make-or-break month of March.

It should have been the springboard to survival.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda. It’s quickly becoming the story of Doncaster’s season.

Rovers’ hard luck story, which seems to acquire a new chapter every week, does not really wash with me. You make your own luck.

But when Barnett’s impressive header crept inside the post - escaping the fingertips of an outstretched David Button - you could not help feeling that everything that could conspire against Rovers, IS conspiring against Rovers.

*Read Paul Goodwin’s full verdict in this week’s Free Press, along with our Big Match Preview of Rovers v Brighton.