As strolls from pub to ground go then the view one takes in en route to the Keepmoat in Doncaster can have few betters. The tree lined path round & between the man made lake & hills adjoining the Donny Rovers ground was embellished just before kick off last night by a rainbow, one that surely had one end a crock of gold lying beneath the arch of Wembley stadium. Itâ€™s all relative of course, Iâ€™m not suggesting Michael Palin should head up the M18 with his cameras, only that it makes a change from picking your way amongst the rubble that surrounds the Riverside stadium for instance.
The view from row C of the away end on the other hand isnâ€™t quite so inspiring. Itâ€™s like sitting on the floor of an empty & abandoned B&Q staring up at the signs for builders equipmentÂ left hanging above the aisles. (Where the Polypipe mate?Â Blocks three and four in the home end sir.) Itâ€™s yet another soulless identikit stadium but a vast improvement on the Belle Vue according to the locals so who am I to argue. Everything in the ground is sponsored and tagged, in fact every home substitution was also sponsored as well. Youâ€™ve got to get your money where you can obviously and Iâ€™ll always have fond memories of my night out in the Case Construction Stand North.
The first ten minutes of the game saw one of the biggest non-referee induced injustices Iâ€™ve ever seen on a football field. The action consisted of a blur of red and white hooped shirts as the home team made a mess of our makeshift defence. In our yellow kit Hutton, Bassong, Oâ€™Hara and Giovani were like bananas in a blender as Stock, Woods and Oster moved the ball round at speed in front of our left hand side. Cudicini made a series of spectacular saves, the best one probably being the very first stop from a point bank volley. And the result of this passage of play? Ridiculously we had a 2-0 lead. Firstly Huddlestone snuck forward (how can you not see Big Tom coming?) to pick off a pass across the defence and then, somehow managing to make it look like it was something he does every day, casually roll a shot under the keeper. Then a minute or so later Oâ€™Hara collected a David Bentley cut back on the edge of the box and curled a right-foot (yes, right foot) shot over Smith in goal.
All noise from the home supporters, so fired up by their sideâ€™s start, now dried up. The Spurs fans began a roll call of the team that pretty much carried on all night as the goals gave us confidence and must have left them thinking of a call to the cops to report a mugging. The word in the pub from the locals had been that Rovers play great football but never look like scoring but I never expected to see such blatant evidence.
At the end of the first half Peter Crouch got his head to a Bentley corner and in the second Bentley himself finished very skilfully with a curled left foot strike after some good work by Giovani for our third and fourth goals. As the game drifted Redknapp brought on Boateng & Rose to give Bassong & Big Tom a bit of a rest and Cudicini came off to give David Button his debut. Rovers got one back when Boateng slipped and handballed for a pen and then they hit the post after a lovely move down the left but a generally miserable looking Pavlyuchenko took a one-on-one chance to make it a repeat of last Wednesdayâ€™s result. Three away wins in 8 days, two of them by 5-1? â€œTop of the League and weâ€™re havinâ€™ a laughâ€ indeed.
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