O'Driscoll delighted with his team's second half display

Last updated : 25 October 2007 By The Chairman
Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll was delighted with his team's second half display against the Latics. He told the official Doncaster website, "I thought that at times, it was a bit scruffy. Sometimes, these early rounds in the competition fail to get the imagination going. We changed things a little bit in the second half and I think that we dominated from then on. I'm glad to see Jason get a goal - probably his best touch of the game ending up in the back of the net."

"Oldham came with a diamond in midfield (Kalala), which caused us problems. Once any passes went astray, we were able to get counter-attacked. That's why we altered that in the second half and matched them up. There is no point in saying that we were evenly matched unless we show that - and we did in the second half. We maybe could have scored a couple more as well. We just matched them up. That was pretty much the half-time team-talk, in some sense. We have been in half times before, where they have hindered us. Coming in at half time after dominating the game has been a problem. We went into the break and had the chance to explain a few things and - credit to the players - they went out there and played very well."

"Sean McDaid has been playing left-back a lot and we wanted to give him more of a free role against Oldham. He played more of an advance role in the first half and a midfield role in the second. When he has a job to do I think that he plays very well and when he's playing a little bit looser and in an advance role I think that he - doesn't so much struggle - but he enjoys going up against somebody and matching their energy. I don't think that there are many players who can beat him and I think that - as with all the team - as the game went on, we settled down and played a lot better. We were worthy winners in the end."

Doncaster will now visit Blundell Park to take on struggling League Two side Grimsby Town on 13th November. O'Driscoll concluded, "I think that when you are looking at a League One side going to a League Two side - even though it is away from home - it's winnable. We are on a good run in the competition and we wanted to keep the run going."