Midweek Takeaway: Matters of concern lessening day by day as rampant Doncaster Rovers power on

To think there were concerns of what a hefty defeat might do to Doncaster Rovers.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 12:10 am

Being beaten comprehensively is unfamiliar territory for Rovers under Darren Moore so all eyes were on them to see whether they could shake off the defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup.

And it took just a matter of minutes for them to wash away any worries as they set out on their way to an comfortable win over AFC Wimbledon.

Aggressive and determined, they went on the front foot from the first whistle and powered into a position of command they rarely let slip.

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Elliot Simoes congratulates Taylor Richards on his goal against AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

Fejiri Okenabirhie slammed in his tenth goal of the season on ten minutes to set them on their way.

And while it took them another 27 to add to double their advantage, there was a drive across the team to keep pushing on against tenacious opposition.

Taylor Richards had already demonstrated his determination to get on the scoresheet when he powered a shot which took a deflection and nestled in the bottom corner.

And he, along with the likes of Brad Halliday and Elliot Simoes, continued to demonstrate a drive for goals after his strike.

It was a signal of intent, within the game but also to the desire to maintain the stunning momentum which has now seen Rovers win seven of eight games in League One.

But within it there was also a demonstration of everything that has put Rovers in that position in the first place.

They played some superb football, with rapid one touch passing, incisive balls and excellent movement, kept ticking all the way by the outstanding Matt Smith in the heart of midfield.

But they also showed their defensive resolve to stand up for flashes of bombardment from their visitors and secure a second successive clean sheet for the first time this season.

Silly mistakes have prevented Rovers from earning more shutouts this term. But the suggestion they are eradicating the errors bodes very well for their hopes of maintaining their momentum.

As does their ability to continuing to perform despite heavily depleted numbers.

Concerns? They are getting fewer by the day.


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