DRFC Doncaster Rovers - Player Ratings v Leeds
Vital Doncaster Rovers contributor 1879Rovers made the trip to Elland Road on Saturday to watch Rovers enjoy a 2-1 win over Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.
1879Rovers gives us his thoughts on the players performance as Rovers moved a step closer to securing their championship future.
Probably his quietest afternoon since joining on loan. He could do little with the goal. He once again commanded his area coming to claim and clear many balls into the middle by Leeds.
A comfortable debut for Neill, who looked like he had been playing with us all season.
Another assured display in the centre of defence for a player who I feel deserves more plaudits than he ever receives.
Dealt with the aerial threat of Smith for most of the afternoon and was always there to tidy up at the back.
He was given some freedom down the left. He did well under pressure in the second half.
He took a knock early in the game and he struggled on for over 70 minutes. He dictated the game in midfield in the first half along with Keegan.
He did well in midfield to break up play but I thought he gave the ball away a number of times far too easily with wayward passing.
Another hardworking display from Brown. You know what you are going to get from him and he rarely disappoints.
A typical Sharp performance. Give him a chance and he will score. He made the most of the slip by the Leeds defender and he didn`t need asking twice.
Cotterill 8 Man of the Match
With Lucas Neill joining, Paul Dickov had a tough decision who to drop. It looked like it was between Cotterill and Duffy and Dickov chose to keep Cotterill in the side and he made the right choice. It has been a difficult season for Cotterill but since he got back in the side recently, he has been playing superb. His goal showed he is a player full of confidence again. In the first half, he was a constant threat down the right side.
Back in his more familiar role and he worked hard. He linked up really well as Rovers passed the ball around Leeds in the first half.
He came on for the final twenty minutes with Wellens struggling and he stuck to the task with Rovers under the cosh.
Theo came on inside the final ten minutes and his pace was a worry for Leeds straight away. I would have brought him on ten minutes earlier as I don`t think the Leeds defence would have had the pace to cope with him.
I went into the game fully confident that Rovers would win and I thought the odds of 3/1 were massive despite Rovers away form this season.
We were on the front foot from the off and the first half lead was thoroughly deserved.
Got nervous as the second half went on and we sat deeper but we held on for the three points.
We are surely now just one win away from safety and with our good home form and Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers next up at the Keepmoat, I think Safety is only a matter of weeks away.
I will eat plenty of humble pie when it is achieved. I was not for appointing Paul Dickov last summer and I had little hope of us staying up with a small squad. His signings have been superb and if not for a run in late autumn when we had a lot of injuries to the side, I think we could be in the top half of the table now. You never know, we might still finish in there.
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