McCann’s men produce another record breaker act – Peterborough United 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

John Marquis scored for Rovers at Peterborough
John Marquis scored for Rovers at Peterborough

Got a notable record? Doncaster Rovers will break that for you.

For the second successive week, Rovers came up against a side with a 100 per cent record and duly brought that to an end.

Grant McCann

Grant McCann

This time a Peterborough United side steamrollering its way through League One was given a taste of its own medicine.

Thoroughly dominant, Rovers were more than worthy of the point they left London Road clutching.

That there was plenty of justifiable disappointment they did not leave with all three reflects very well on both the performance of the day and where Rovers are under new boss Grant McCann.

The Northern Irishman walked back into London Road – a place where he holds iconic status from his playing days and a good deal of fondness from his time as manager – and guided his current side to a performance that will surely have made a few of the Peterborough faithful sit up and take notice.

By the time John Marquis opened the scoring 40 minutes with a sublime chip over towering Posh keeper Aaron Chapman, Rovers could easily have been a couple of goals ahead.

And after Ryan Tafazolli powered in a headed equaliser 13 minutes into the second period, one side looked much the more likely to win the game – and it was not the one that had won five out of five previously.

QUESTIONS REMAIN

As much disappointment as there was that Rovers had not beaten Peterborough, there was plenty more frustration.

It was etched on the faces of McCann and Marquis as they spoke to the media afterwards.

Both were forced to reflect on another afternoon where Rovers created plenty of chances but did not take them. Another game where the result did not match the performance.

The major positive is that they continue to create chances. And some of the build-up play was as good as it has been under McCann so far.

Passing was slick, incisive and swift as Rovers pushed forward with numbers.

The concern was that they again failed to show a ruthless edge, something which had evaded them since their blistering start to the season.

The width of the post twice denied Mallik Wilks while keeper Chapman was on inspired form for the hosts. So near, yet so far.

It meant there was little celebrating what in isolation would have been an excellent result.

But it also means the thought of how good Rovers could be if everything comes together continues to prevail.

POSITIVELY RESOLUTE

McCann and his players have made no secret of the fact Rovers will likely concede a fair few chances due to the style of play he adopts.

Pushing plenty of players forward leaves them vulnerable to counterattacks.

There was a worry Rovers could be punished by a Peterborough side whose string of victories have come via counterattacking ruthlessness.

The game played out in predictable fashion therefore, with Rovers enjoying greater possession while Posh looked to threaten on the break.

Yet, the threat from Steve Evans’ side was minimal. Barring Matt Godden being played into the box, Peterborough struggled to breach the Rovers back line.

There were a few last gasp challenges and cynical tackles designed to halt breaks before they began but there were very few real opportunities for the hosts.

Andy Butler and Tom Anderson proved an unbreachable centre back pairing, supplemented by hard working team mates.

As good as Rovers were in building their play, they were even better at preventing the opposition doing the same.

SEEING RED

This game will be remembered as the first one involving Rovers in which coaches were shown yellow and red cards.

Unsurprising that is was Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor who both ended up seeing red after the protestations over the decisions of referee Darren Bond were adjudged to have overstepped the mark.