RICHARD’S RE­TURN IS HAUNT­ING

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

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son be­lieves his Don­caster Rovers play­ers have taken a big step to restor­ing con­fi­dence lev­els af­ter draw­ing with Mill­wall.

It had looked like strug­gling Rovers would slip to their fifth straight de­feat af­ter they fell be­hind to a Steve Mori­son goal af­ter just six min­utes.

But Don­caster showed the fight and de­sire so badly lack­ing in re­cent weeks to level through Richard Chap­low on 38 min­utes.

And bat­tling Rovers came close to se­cur­ing their first win in seven in the dy­ing mo­ments when Jor­dan Archer saved well to deny Nathan Tyson and Conor Grant a dra­matic win­ner.

Fer­gu­son said:“Mill­wall are a hard side to peg back when they go ahead, but we showed the be­lief to get back into it and we should have won the game in the end.

“There was a lack of be­lief last week against Barns­ley.We have to be brave and have con­fi­dence and the play­ers showed that here.

“We have to get wins to stay in the league and we have got tough games com­ing up.

“Only wins will turn things around, but hope­fully this is a start of get­ting the con­fi­dence back. The play­ers are dis­ap­pointed they have not got the win.”

De­spite let­ting the lead slip, Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris felt the draw was a good point for the South Lon­don­ers.

Har­ris said: “It was an ex­cit­ing game and we are happy with the point on the bal­ance of it, though it’s dis­ap­point­ing to let a lead slip. Don­caster used the ball re­ally well. They had a chance to win it late on and it is a point gained for us.

“We started re­ally well and got in front, but Don­caster got a foothold in the game.

“We did not use the ball as well as we can away from home, but I thought we looked good on the break.

“We want to fin­ish as high up the league as pos­si­ble and we need to keep push­ing and stay fo­cused.”

Mori­son fired Mill­wall ahead with his tenth league goal of the sea­son when he cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive er­ror from Paul Kee­gan on six min­utes.

Kee­gan and Grant both went close for the home side as Rovers re­sponded well, to fall­ing be­hind.

And the spell of pres­sure was re­warded when for­mer Lion Chap­low lashed home Tyson’s cross on 38 min­utes.

Archer got down well mo­ments later to palm away an­other Chap­low ef­fort as Rovers ended the half strongly.

Mori­son failed to score from three yards out sec­onds af­ter the restart when the ball some­how squirmed be­tween his legs with the goal wide open.

Lee Gre­gory scuffed a shot at Thorsten Stuck­mann be­fore Lyn­den Gooch headed wide for Don­caster as the game opened up with both teams go­ing for it.

Archer then saved one­handed from Tyson, be­fore block­ing Grant’s in­jury-time ef­fort to se­cure a point.

PIC­TURES: Ian Lyall/Pro Sport

CHEEKY CHAPPY: Richard Chap­low stabs home the equaliser

BAT­TLE: By­ron Web­ster and Nathan Tyson fight for it

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