This was the second time I’ve watched Rovers host MK Dons and today, as with that last time, I found myself gazing towards the away end wondering, ‘what did you all used to do of a Saturday afternoon?’ Are Milton Keynes’ garden centres in crisis?
Anyway, that it was goalless at half-time was due to two key factors; one Jed Steer who made a brilliant one-handed stop from a close range effort, and the other the referee, who adjudged debutant Andy Butler to have body-slammed his man outside the area, rather than in the box for the clear penalty it should have been.
“Any changes at half-time”
“Harry Forrester has come on for someone”, joked Matt next to me on the midfielder’s first half anonymity.
Thankfully the midfielder was more involved the game in the second half, as were Rovers. Kyle Bennett – Doncaster’s most threatening player by far – curled a cross just beyond the far post whilst a strong appeal for a penalty was waved away by the referee; despite a shot into a crowded box appearing to strike the arm of Dean Lewington.
The clearer chances though went to the visitors; Luke McCullough cleared from the line after Will Grigg got beyond Steer, and Tom Flanagan thundered a volley off Steer’s right-hand post with a satisfying thwack.
Alas it ended goalless. “Much improved,” was the verdict of those who attend more home games than me, which means you poor buggers must’ve been served up some complete tosh of late.
by Glen Wilson