Latics turn in a performance over Doncaster

Last updated : 12 March 2007 By The Chairman
It was a delighted John Sheridan that saw his team's recent slump end with a whopping performance that resulted in Doncaster's biggest defeat of the season. Leon Clarke started the demolition in the eighth minute and Craig Rocastle basically sealed the win with a decisive strike in the 74th. minute. Chris Taylor, who only opened his scoring tally for the Latics last week, put the icing on the cake with a double salvo in the last fifteen minutes. The score might have flattered the Latics but who cares? The boys are back in business!

Sheridan commented after the game, "It's very pleasing to beat teams like Doncaster. Possibly the scoreline flattered us a little, but we deserved to win the game and I'm happy for the lads. We played well and could have been two or three one up at half-time. They had one decent chance too. Then they looked very dangerous for fifteen minutes in the second half, but we responded well and kicked on once the second goal went in. We needed that bounce to Rocastle in the box to get things moving, and to be fair Doncaster taking the game to us. They have some good footballers. We rode our luck a little, but I think we had the better chances overall."

Shez's counterpart Sean O'Driscoll added, "We started the game off badly and gave a very poor first goal away that was a comedy of errors but the longer the game went on I though we could pull it back. In football though you have to score when you are on top and defend well when you are under pressure and today we could not do that. You always leave yourself open to counter attack when pushing for an equaliser and that's what happened."

"Paul Green, Mark Wilson and Harry Worley all went close but it was just not to be and you pay if you don't take the chances that come your way. We created plenty of openings but never really tested their keeper the way they did Sullivan. I'm disappointed for the fans who came over in their hundreds and once again we just can't force our way into the play off places to give them something to cheer about. We now have a blank week to try and get some of our injured players back into play but today we also lost Jason Price with a possible achilles injury. We will be working with the lads all week to look at getting in back on track against Cheltenham next Saturday which once again is an important game, so we will need you (the fans) behind us."