Doncaster Rovers: Player ratings from win at Walsall

Ben Whiteman
Ben Whiteman

Doncaster Rovers secured a well deserved 4-1 win over previously unbeaten Walsall with goals from John Marquis, Mallik Wilks, James Coppinger and Matty Blair.

Here is how we rated Rovers’ individual performances at the Banks’ Stadium.

MARKO MAROSI 7

Produced some decent saves when called upon and could do little about Walsall’s goal.

NIALL MASON 8

His strong start to the season continues. Nullified Walsall’s wing play and also got forward superbly

JOE WRIGHT 7

Very strong performance, both in defence and carrying the ball towards half way. Forced the handball which brought Rovers’ penalty

ANDY BUTLER 7

Dealt well with what Walsall threw at Rovers. Partially at fault for the goal but more than made up for it with a string of headed clearances.

DANNY ANDREW 7

Like Mason, both sides of his game were strong, particularly in the second half as Rovers established control.

MATTY BLAIR 7

Has no intention of giving up his starting spot on evidence of another strong goalscoring performance. His pace and explosive running gives Rovers an extra edge.

BEN WHITEMAN 9

Another superb all round performance, breaking up play superbly and becoming a key attacking threat. His pass to release Wilks for his goal was stunning and he could have got on the scoresheet himself.

HERBIE KANE 7

After a really strong start to the game it was a quieter than normal performance but he was still a major part of Rovers’ all round play.

MALLIK WILKS 8

On loan striker was back to his explosive best, as he showed with a goal and a brilliant assist for Coppinger. Seems to thrive in heated environments.

JOHN MARQUIS 7

Showed good composure with penalty after recent miss. Did a superb unsettling job on the Walsall defence and was a real threat.

JAMES COPPINGER 8

Continues to offer so much to Rovers with his stunning composure. Moved the ball quickly and incisively and his goal was superb.

SUBS USED

ALFIE MAY 7

Made another telling contribution off the bench with hard running to relieve pressure and also was vital in Blair’s goal.

JERMAINE ANDERSON 6

Gets stronger with every new appearance. Showed his strength with battling in midfield

PAUL TAYLOR N/A

Not much chance to make an impact but showed his excellence on the ball to keep Rovers high up the pitch.

SUBS NOT USED

Ian Lawlor, Tom Anderson, Danny Amos, Alfie Beestin.

WALSALL

Liam Roberts 6, Nicky Devlin 6, Jack Fitzwater 6, Jon Guthrie 6, Luke Leahy 6, Kieron Morris 6 (Zeli Ismail 72 5), Isaiah Osbourne 5 (Connor Ronan 53 6), George Dobson 6, Josh Ginnelly 7 (Josh Gordon 80 n/a), Morgan Ferrier 7, Andy Cook 6. Subs not used: Chris Dunn, Liam Kinsella, Connor Johnson, Kane Wilson.

REFEREE

Antony Coggins