Far from fermenting a great start to season, the trip to the Brewers left the fans feeling, if not exactly bitter, at least a mild disappointment at the result.
After losing their opening two games, Burton put in a stout performance against in-form Rovers, and had the first half’s early chances, courtesy of long range shots from both Joe Sbarra and Marvin Sordell.
For Doncaster, the best chance fell to John Marquis, picked out unmarked at the far post by Herbie Kane, but, lacking the precision of a Dambuster’s bombardier, he managed only to side-foot his chance wide.
The second half had barely begun when Burton went ahead. Liam Boyce scoring just two minutes after the restart with an effort that went in off the far post.
As time wore on James Coppinger, Herbie Kane and Mallik Wilks made way for Matty Blair, Alfie May and Paul Taylor but this did not change the fortunes of Grant McCann’s side.
There were chances to equalise, with a Joe Wright header going close and a Paul Taylor free-kick saved on the line by former Rover, Stephen Bywater, but there was to be no barrel-full of second half goals this time.
Half-hearted shouts for penalties, probably in desperation, were made late on, but these were mere froth on a disappointing day for Doncaster.
by Stuart Clegg