RECAP: Doncaster Rovers 0 Rotherham United 6: Derby horror show for Rovers in Papa John's Trophy
Doncaster Rovers suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat in their derby clash with Rotherham United in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Recap the events of the game on our blog service below.
In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.
Doncaster Rovers 0 Rotherham United 6
Last updated: Tuesday, 07 September, 2021, 21:03
56. Off the bar
The Millers go close to a fifth as Freddie Ladapo clips a shot off the top of the bar. It was far, far too simple for the Millers to run down the middle to create the chance.
It’s looking like a long half hour plus for Rovers
49. Goal Rotherham
Will Grigg taps in from close range to extend Rotherham’s advantage.
Freddie Ladapo was fed into the box and fired a low shot across the keeper which hit the post but bounced out to Grigg who tapped in.
8.09pm Back underway
Ben Close takes the kick-off and the second half is underway
The scoreline doesn’t reflect the balance of play but that will not be of real concern to anyone.
Rovers find themselves 3-0 down after more than holding their own against the Millers but also after suffered a three goal in three minute blast that has left them with more than plenty to do.
They could easily have reduced the deficit to one, with Matt Smith and Jordy Hiwula both missing glorious chances.
It has been disappointing that there have been defensive errors, particularly for goals two and three that have undermined some decent play in the middle of the park.
And it has been pleasing to see that there has been vibrancy in attacking areas with Hiwul, Joe Dodoo and Rodrigo Vilca all providing energy.
The concern is that Rovers will weaken considerably early in the second half with Dodoo and Hiwula both set to last no more than an hour.
7.53pm That’s the break
And Rovers are 3-0 down as the teams head down the tunnel
7.47pm Added time
44. Huge chance
Jordy Hiwula must score. He certainly must hit the target.
Tommy Rowe fed him through with a wonderful pass with the outside of his boot and he galloped clear into the box but put his shot wide. He was in one and one but failed to test the keeper.
37. Three goals down but not awful
If you’d switched over for a very specific three minute spell there is no way you would believe that three goals were separating these two sides.
Rovers haven’t quite had the grip on possession they would have liked but they’ve played some decent stuff and fed the ball into the lively front three well.
There’s an awful lot for them to do to get back into this one but it doesn’t feel anywhere near as impossible as it did against the Millers ten days ago.
Freddie Ladapo sends a diving header wide for the Millers.
22. Good strike
Ben Close fires a low effort through a crowded box which forces Rotherham keeper Josh Vickers into a smart save.