CHAMPIONSHIP | 01.03.2014 | ATT: 8983 | REF: SHELDRAKE
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE: 16th
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: #YANNARTER OR #HARRYANN
Five goals, a clean sheet, 26 shots on goal, 11 on target and 60% possession, the almost perfect definition of an emphatic victory. While this was a very welcome victory and a dominant display, we left leaving a little unfulfilled. We might just be greedy but there was definitely more goals in this game.
Before kick-off we are rarely confident, we like to take a pessimistic view, to quell the disappointment of defeat. Or, it could be that we are a bunch of miserable old bastards. However, the Doncaster game was different. We were quietly confident that victory and three points was going be ours. The air at Dean Court was tasting good and the lack of Billy Sharp in the Doncaster front line simply added to the expectation.
From the off it was obvious how Doncaster were set up. They were here to contain the Cherries for as long as possible and hopefully nick a goal. They started wasting time as soon as the opportunity arose. We weren’t even five minutes into the game and throw-ins were already taking an age. The Doncaster team already had the sight of defeat in their eyes. They looked like a bunch of clueless, careless cloggers that couldn’t believe their luck that they had made it to the Championship. There weren’t as good as the team that beat the Cherries 2-1 in the previous season.
The opening exchanges certainly weren’t a free-flowing extravaganza of expansive football. It was bitty and niggly as Doncaster tried to break up the play as often as possible. But, it didn’t take long for the wee man to start getting the better of his markers and obviously getting stuck on his arse on numerous occassions. The almost inevitable took over 25 minutes to happen. Yann the man, who had been looking dangerous in his first start, picked up a loose ball and fired in a volley that had the Donny keeper beaten all hands up.
As half-time approached Rovers were thinking that they had done a good job containing the Cherries, but the home sides superiority surfaced just in time as Yann the man, again, provided a towering header as he flicked the ball into the back of the net. A more than deserved lead.
The second 45 saw Doncaster start with more purpose and commitment, but it didn’t take long for Harry Arter to get on the end of a loose ball on the edge of the box and power home an unstoppable volley. In fact, it only took 5 minutes, game over.
Now it was just a matter of how many and would Yann the man get his first Cherries hat-trick? Of course he would. A perfectly-placed cross from Simon Francis, finally someone to get on the end of his crosses, picked out Kermorgant. Yann rose like a young Steve Fletcher in his prime and headed the ball into the net. It was like being transported back in time, the fourth goal was straight out of 2010.
With the Donny defence wilting badly, it was time to pour more misery on the visitors. On came Marc Pugh and the pocket rocket Tokelo Rantie. His pace was piling on the pain and he had a golden chance to make it six, but contrived to miss, sad face.
It would have been an ideal time to start goading the away supporters, which we had been doing of course, but we almost felt sorry for them. We know what its like to travel a long and see your team trounced. Its crap, but it happens.
At the final whistle the Doncaster supporters made it quite clear who was to blame for that abject performance, Mr Paul Dickov.
While they were happily berating the manager, we were one once again smiling inside as last years champions were once again shown who were really worthy of being in the Championship.
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
— Matt Smith (@MCSmithDN) March 2, 2014
That’s me just about done for the season, not paying to see that every week! Pissing me off! #drfc
— Ryan (@ryan_kitch) March 1, 2014