How Richie Wellens reacted to Doncaster Rovers' win over Manchester City U21s

Doncaster Rovers boss Richie Wellens was delighted to see his much-changed team get the better of a gifted Manchester City U21s side in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 9:46 am
Richie Wellens. Photo: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD

Joe Dodoo scored twice – his first goals for Rovers – as Wellens’ men came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium and build some momentum following Saturday’s league win over Morecambe.

Rovers’ boss made eight changes to the side that defeated the Shrimps, getting valuable minutes into the likes of John Bostock, Dan Gardner, Aidan Barlow and Joseph Olowu.

The victory keeps Doncaster firmly in contention in Group E despite their 6-0 hammering at the hands of Rotherham in their opening game.

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"I’m pleased with the lads that didn’t perform so well against Rotherham,” said Wellens.

"They’ve trained well, we’ve given them another opportunity and they’ve took it.

"I know they [Manchester City] are young but they are quick, they’re talented, they take the ball in all areas.

"We’ve had loads of chances and we should be out of sight.

"To be fair at half time I said we grind them down for the next 10-15 minutes and I thought they’d run out of legs but they actually got quicker. The subs were as quick as the players coming off.

"There are some really outstanding footballers in their team. They went to Scunthorpe in the last game and won 3-0 and it could’ve been more.

"But I thought we had some really good performances.

"I thought our front three did well. The game changed when we took Hiwula and Dodoo off because we don’t have an outlet but I think you to give them credit as well for pushing us back.”