Su­per-sub Rowe hits win­ner on his re­turn

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jeff Wel­burn

GRANT McCANN says he ex­pected Tommy Rowe’s re­turn to ac­tion to give Don­caster Rovers a lift but did not bank on him scor­ing the win­ning goal against AFC Wim­ble­don.

Cap­tain Rowe made his re­turn af­ter 10 weeks out, com­ing off the bench and scor­ing a late win­ner against the strug­gling Dons to end Don­caster’s seven match se­quence with­out a vic­tory.

“I did say that hav­ing the skip­per back would give peo­ple a bounce,” boss McCann said af­ter­wards.

“I thought he was bril­liant when he came on, giv­ing us that bal­ance in mid­field.

McCann be­lieves the late hero­ics from Rovers could push them back to­wards their promis­ing early sea­son form.

“Hope­fully this is a turn­ing point in our sea­son” he said.

“It’s never easy play­ing a team that doesn’t have a man­ager. Wim­ble­don had a bounce to­day. They were strong.”

It had ap­peared as though Wim­ble­don would end their seven match los­ing run af­ter Mitch Pin­nock opened the scor­ing via a fine sweep­ing coun­ter­at­tack, which he con­cluded with a drilled ef­fort un­der Ian Lawlor.

But Don­caster re­sponded well and were level af­ter 35 min­utes. In a short free-kick rou­tine, Craw­ford played a one-two with Ben White­man be­fore curl­ing a won­der­ful ef­fort into the top cor­ner from 20 yards.

Don­caster looked much the more threat­en­ing for the re­main­der of the game, though it took a fine save from Lawlor to keep out Scott Wagstaff.

The sec­ond half was one-way traf­fic but it took un­til the 87th minute for Don­caster to go ahead when Rowe surged through sev­eral chal­lenges and lashed a low shot home.

AFC Wim­ble­don’s in­terim boss Si­mon Bassey says it is im­per­a­tive the club se­cures a new man­ager quickly but that it is more im­por­tant the right man is se­lec­tion.

Bassey, who re­it­er­ated his lack of in­ter­est in tak­ing the job full time, said: “From ev­ery­one’s point of view, the sooner that is sorted the bet­ter.

“The club will make their de­ci­sion. I’m sure they won’t rush into one and risk get­ting it wrong.

“I’m sure they’ll go through it thor­oughly

“It won’t be me, cer­tainly. I’ve been asked to do the job by the board and I’ll do it for as long as they need me to do it.”

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