Doncaster Rovers 0:1 Leicester City
City completed the third of three tricky away matches with a hard fought win at The Keepmoat that takes them up to fifth spot and extends their unbeaten run to seven games…
Nigel Pearson made only one change to the side that slugged out a point at Argyle and brought in Solano for his first start in a City shirt in place of Gallagher. The match was played throughout in arctic conditions with the temperature hovering around zero and a blizzard swirling around in the South Yorkshire sky.
Despite this City settled quickly and played some good football in the opening period with Solano at the heart of a lot of good moves with his touches and prompting opening up Rovers’ defence. In the 8th minute he put Dyer through for a shot that was well saved by Sullivan and with City commanding possession and looking confident, it was no surprise when they took the lead.
Waghorn showed once again that he is a clinical finisher when he is given good service as he chased a long clearance, held off a challenge from Ward and beat Sullivan to the delight of the 1,800 or so travelling City fans behind the goal. It was City who looked more likely to score again as they pressed forward and caused Rovers’ defence more problems with quick passing, Wellens and King both came close to extending the lead and City’s defence restricted Rovers to shots from outside the box. The only difficult moment came when Berner brought down Sharp just inside the City half as he broke clear, Referee Woolmer choosing to book Berner instead of the sending off that the Rovers fans were baying for.
In the second half Rovers got their passing game together and began to get behind City’s defence causing some moments of panic in the box and bringing several good saves from Weale who blocked shots from Hayter, Roberts and Coppinger in a ten minute spell as Donny turned up the heat. City were restricted to breakaways and from one of these Sullivan saved superbly from Waghorn’s shot on the run.
As the match wore on Rovers started to fade and the win looked more likely for City who defended superbly at times and looked like a unit and not four strangers. The final whistle heralded the end of three away matches on the spin and a five point return. It hasn’t been pretty at times but one young man has emerged with a growing reputation and that is Jack Hobbs who had another massive game for City tonight and is starting to look like a player with a bright future.
Doncaster: Sullivan, Chambers, Ward, O’Connor, Roberts, Wilson (Guy 82), Coppinger, Oster, Mutch (Spicer 82), Sharp, Shiels (Hayter 46). Subs Not Used: Smith, Hird, Dumbuya.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Solano (Gallagher 60), Wellens, N’Guessan (Adams 60), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, Howard, Kermorgant, McGivern.
Referee: A Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 11,027.