Major impacts, hot prospects, timing runs and other talking points from Doncaster Rovers' win over MK Dons

Doncaster Rovers secured a second consecutive win after a second half surge on their trip to MK Dons.

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 6:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 12:05 pm

Jacob Ramsey struck to grab a 1-0 win and help Rovers close the gap on the top six.

Here, we take a look at some of the key talking points from the notable win.

TAKING HIS CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Jon Taylor takes instruction from John Schofield. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD

It was a game that had been crying out for real pace to exploit the space in the channels and Jon Taylor delivered just that.

He has needed to show a great deal of patience with his lack of game time recently but he took the opportunity to show exactly what he can bring to the side with a blistering performance off the bench.

MK Dons struggled to handle his pace or begin to think about containing him as he raced clear out wide time and again and also delivered some very good balls into the box.

He also brought quality out of team mates too.

Such was the desire to get him on the ball, it brought an extra degree of composure from others in the middle of the park as they looked for space to be able to pick Taylor out.

STILL SOME DOUBTS

It was difficult not to be concerned about the performance of Rovers over the first half hour of the game, particularly when they were in possession.

Again they were denied space to play by the opposition and again they struggled to come up with an answer to that - which has been a regular talking point this season.

There seems to be an issue with them figuring out how to change things while on the pitch and it was no coincidence that real improvement came after the half time break.

There was little change in the approach during the first half, even when it was clear things were not working.

And that only ensured they kept getting themselves into trouble as they lost possession all too frequently.

ALL ABOUT CONFIDENCE

The difference in certain players when things began to go their way was marked.

Devante Cole and Kieran Sadlier in particular were renewed after toiling their way through a first half where very little came off for either.

Cole became a real focal point for the team, holding the ball up superbly and releasing others into play.

Sadlier had direction and purpose to his play, and it is no coincidence that he only grew in prominence when moving out to the left following the introduction of Taylor.

HOT PROSPECT

What a player Rovers have on their hands in Jacob Ramsey.

Another who was much better after the break, the quality he showed on the ball was superb.

He took the ball under pressure regularly and spun away before surging clear and playing good passes out wide.

And then there his forward thinking play off the ball, as he showed with his late run into the box to take his goal superbly.

At 18, he looks like a player that could go a long, long way in the game.

That Rovers can get their hands on youngsters with the quality of Ramsey, and ones that can make such significant contributions, says plenty about the reputation they have in the game.

HAPPY TO TAKE A BACKWARD STEP

Darren Moore confessed one of his primary thoughts heading into the game was containing

MK Dons. Given the hosts’ recent home record - six wins from seven - it is understandable there was a safety first approach.

Moore is a forward minded manager but is showing good evolution as a coach when willing to adjust his approach in such circumstances.

Rovers do not have the capability to simply turn up and steamroller any opposition in the division so having the wherewithal to look to stifle is a positive attribute.

When doing so however, they need to be much better in possession than they were in the opening period to ensure they can switch containing into attack.

A RUN AT THE RIGHT TIME

Back-to-back wins has seen Rovers’ season switch from petering out to being very much alive.

And there has been a bunching up in the upper reaches of the division which presents the opportunity for a side putting a run together at this time to strike and take advantage.

Rovers are five points shy of the top six and eight points off second place with a game in hand.

And third to eighth in the division are separated by just a single point.

It is all to play for, certainly for any team that can put together momentum and push on - as Rovers have the opportunity to just now.

SUPER SENY

A few more questions have been asked about Seny Dieng over recent weeks than had over the previous months of his campaign.

After barely dropping a ball for months, he suddenly looked a little more unsure in the air.

But this was his most composed performance for some time.

He was not called upon much through the game but was rock solid with his handling and his positioning to deny MK Dons.

And he was switched on deep in stoppage time to produce a stunning save from Joe Mason to secure the three points for Rovers.

He has been one of the very best performers for Rovers this season and continues to be.