ROVERS GET HOME RULE IN THE END

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkill

DON­CASTER Rovers boss Paul Dickov in­sisted his side must learn to close games out more ef­fec­tively after a tense vic­tory over Ch­ester­field.

Rovers had to with­stand a fierce on­slaught from the vis­i­tors de­spite hav­ing lead 2-0 and 3-1 as they fi­nally sealed their first vic­tory of the sea­son at the Keep­moat at the fifth time of ask­ing.

Dickov warned his play­ers they must im­prove – and soon.

He said: “I am de­lighted that we have got the mon­key off our back with the home win.

“It was a great game for the neu­tral but made for ner­vous watch­ing for me in the clos­ing stages.

“We need to con­trol the game bet­ter than that. We stopped do­ing what we were do­ing well and let them back get back into the game and they put us un­der pres­sure.

“We took throw-ins too fast and had play­ers in the wrong po­si­tion when we were 3-1 up. I know we are a bit naive but that is some­thing we need to learn from that.”

Ch­ester­field boss Paul Cook also called on his play­ers to im­prove their de­fend­ing as they ad­just to life in League One.

“We have got to de­fend bet­ter than that.We spoke at half-time of tight­en­ing up and then we con­cede straight after the restart,” said Cook.

“We have stepped up a level and the stan­dard of fin­ish­ing against us has also stepped up.

“We have lost de­fend­ers and that has caught up with us.We are a bit too cav­a­lier right now, even for my lik­ing. We need to work on that and that will come with a set­tled back four and spend­ing hours on the train­ing field.

“It is never nice to lose, but we will take it on the chin and come back strong.”

Nathan Tyson put Don­caster ahead on six min­utes when he headed home Reece Wabara’s cross.

Tyson then wasted a good chance to dou­ble Rovers’ ad­van­tage after another su­perb cross by Wabara carved Ch­ester­field open on 12 min­utes.

Tommy Lee was down bravely to save well at Tyson’s feet on 26 min­utes as the home side dom­i­nated.

But Lee could not pre­vent Don­caster from dou­bling their lead when Kyle Ben­nett smashed home after 33 min­utes.

Sam Clu­cas scored his first Ch­ester­field goal on 41 min­utes to cut the deficit after Steer had di­verted Daniel John­son’s shot on to the post.

Ch­ester­field’s hopes of another dra­matic come­back were dealt a big blow when poor mark­ing al­lowed Jamie McCombe to ri­fle home on 49 min­utes.

Eoin Doyle con­tin­ued his amaz­ing goalscor­ing run as he poked home a loose ball on 60 min­utes to claim his sev­enth goal in three games and set up a dra­matic fin­ish. But Jed Steer pro­duced a num­ber of solid saves in the Don­caster goal in the clos­ing stages to wrap up all three points.

PIC­TURES: James Wil­liamson

Jamie McCombe makes it 3-1 to Don­caster

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STAR MAN JED STEER Donca

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