Match Ratings: Doncaster 1 – 3 Port Vale

by Scott Blagden – Aug 18, 2014

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[Doncaster Rovers] 1 – 3 [Port Vale]


The game was a scrappy affair with little quality and few chances. No team could get a foothold in the game in the opening stages. Doncaster just shaded the first 20 minutes, with Nathan Tyson going close, breaking free of the Vale defence but Port Vale keeper, Johnson making a good stop. It was Vale who then took matters in their own hands scoring 3 goals in a 14 minute period. Striker Williamson opened the scoring with a header into an empty net after Rovers keeper Jed Steer had previously made a superb save from a corner which fell straight to Williamson to nod in. Then two goals in two minutes put the game out of sight before half time, first a neat one two between Pope and Williamson saw Pope slot in a nice controlled finished into Steer’s bottom left. Then a corner came into the box with Rovers keeping who looked to have been fouled punched away only to fall to the feet of defender Dickinson who smashed the ball to take the score up to 3-0 going into half time.

The second half was mostly Doncaster in possession, but with very little created. Rovers brought on winger Kyle Bennett who impressed when he came on having a few good efforts. Bennett got one back for Doncaster with a superb 30 yard effort, which looped over keeper Sam Johnson. The games biggest talking point came in the 79th minute, Doncaster’s Harry Forrester who seemed to be getting fouled when entering the box then collided with the Vale keeper, in which the referee deemed it a red card to the Doncaster player. A harsh decision felt by many especially the club, who plan to appeal the red card. Overall, a sloppy, scrappy game with little quality shown, however a solid and hard working performance and well deserved three points for Port Vales Micky Adams.


[Doncaster Rovers]

[Jed Steer] Poor performance should have saved second goal and could have dealt with the corner better for the third Vale goal.
[Reece Wabara] Did nothing wrong but nothing good, average performance.
[Luke McCullough] Absolutely dominated all game by Vale centre forwards, very poor game.
[Rob Jones] All over the place, poor performance, dominated by Vale centre forward, defending awfully, especially from set pieces.
[Cedric Evina] Sloppy in possession and awful defending throughout.
[James Coppinger] Sloppy in possession did nothing going forward, offered little.
[Paul Keegan] Some good tackles but created nothing and was often wasteful in possession.
[Dean Furman] Worst performer on the day, sloppy in possession, out of position and offered nothing defending or attacking
[Harry Forrester] Good positive play on the ball, few good efforts, shame he had to be sent off.
[Nathan Tyson] Another very poor performance had one chance which were hit straight at the keeper apart from that Tyson offered very little.
[Curtis Main] Showed a good work rate but again offered little going forward, and didn’t do much in the game.


[Theo Robinson] Showed good forward thinking and pace when he came on, few good touches.
[Kyle Bennett] Best Doncaster player on the day, some good dribbles, neat passes, good efforts at goal including, a goal of the highest quality
[Marc De Val] Great passing, effort and tackling when he came on. Good performance.

[Port Vale]

[Sam Johnson] Didn’t deal with the few Doncaster shots as comfortable as he should have. Average.
[Frederic Veseli] Couldn’t handle Forrester in the first half or Bennett in the second half.
[Richard Duffy] Both centre half’s were solid throughout the game and dealt with Rovers strikers comfortably.
[Ryan McGivern] Both centre half’s were solid throughout the game and dealt with Rovers strikers comfortably.
[Carl Dickinson] Solid performance with good defending and nice passing, very comfortable in possession.
[Chris Birchall] Average performances with some nice passes, nothing special though.
[Michael O’Connor] Both centre midfielders were solid, defensively with some good attacking passes, dominated the Rovers midfield.
[Chris Lines] Both centre midfielders were solid, defensively with some good attacking passes, dominated the Rovers midfield.
[Mark Marshall] Quiet performance, good passing but nothing to shout about, could have done a lot better.
[Ben Williamson] Both centre forwards played out standing, though Williamson hold up play was fantastic and good strikers goal.
[Tom Pope] Great performance, battled well and took his goal very well too.


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[Steve Jennings] Showed a few nice touches and battled well.
[Michael Brown] Battled well, tidy in possession.
[Louis Dodds] Battled well, few good tackles.


Man of the Match


Ben Williamson – Both strikers played very well, both scored good strikers goals, was Williamsons hold up and link up play that just got him man of the match. Brilliant play all through the game well deserved goal too. Fantastic performance.


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