Why Doncaster Rovers relished space and time at Bristol Rovers according to skipper Ben Whiteman

Goal hero Ben Whiteman admitted he relished the opportunity for more space and time on the ball that Doncaster Rovers were afforded in their win at Bristol Rovers

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 6:21 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 4:45 am

After several months of having opposition teams show them close attention and press hard, Rovers came up against a side willing to allow them to play and they dominated as a result.

While build-up play was excellent throughout, Rovers lacked a golden touch in the final third until Whiteman struck four minutes from time while Rakish Bingham wrapped up the win in stoppage time.

"It's always nice to have a bit more room and I thought as a team we showed what we can do," Whiteman said.

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Ben Whiteman celebrates his goal at Bristol Rovers. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD
Ben Whiteman celebrates his goal at Bristol Rovers. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD

"We got into god areas and it was just a case of the final pass, decision or shot not coming off.

"We'll work on that on the training ground at try to get better at it."

The skipper felt Rovers were fully deserving of the win at the Memorial Stadium.

"The first half, I thought we were excellent without that real cutting edge," Whiteman said.

"In the second half we knew they were going to come out of the trps a bit more and try to get close to us.

"But overall I thought we knocked the ball around well and we thoroughly deserved the three points.

"The past few months have not been the prettiest on the eye but we've ground out results.

"I thought we were excellent on and off the ball and it was a deserved win."