Joe Skarz looks back at Tuesdays game at Doncaster and looks forward to the season
“2-1 doesn’t reflect the game, I thought we didn’t play that well but we did a good job on Doncaster and we had chances to win the game. At 1-1 we had a good chance just before half time and then obviously went down to ten men with Schuey getting sent off. I thought we held our own, but then they have won the game with a goal that to us was off side.
Losing David Worrall didn’t help; everyone knows that he is a massive player for us. He’s got so much energy and he’s our out ball when we play with the three in the middle. He’s our out ball on the right and he’s been in fine form over pre-season, he’s started the season really well and we are all really gutted for the lad because he works so hard. Everyone knows that he’s a top quality player.
We went down to ten men and were thinking hold on, but also if we used the counter attack when we had the ball then we could have got a winner. I think at times our decision making wasn’t the best. They were committing so many men forward and we were hoping to catch them out at the back and we held out to the 85th minute, everything was going to plan but they won it with a controversial goal.
It’s good to get on the score sheet, but there might be some debate about it. If it was in the premier league they would get the dubious goals panel on it, but I am claiming it and I got my head to it. I think it hit one of their players and just went in. At that point, everything was going really well. 1-0 up and catching them on the break when they gave it away. They got a good goal to equalise. It was a good game overall, but we are disappointed to lose the game. We will take the positives and move on.
Now it’s Coventry, another good game and another good stadium. Obviously they have come down from the Championship like Doncaster. We know it will be difficult. This is why we are in this league, to play these types of games. We will go there and approach it like we did for Doncaster. We will go there to win the game, we believe we are good enough to beat anyone on our day so we will prepare on Thursday and Friday for another tough game.
It’s very different when you run out at places like the Keepmoat and the Ricoh Arena, there are a few more people there for a start, but these are the stadiums you want to play at. We had it last year with the likes of Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday. We’ve lost them but gained the likes of Doncaster, Coventry and Portsmouth. I think the league is getting stronger and stronger, but it’s becoming a more even playing field.
This season is going to be a lot more even and if you put a good consistent run together, then you could find yourselves in the top six, but likewise, if you lose a few, you could find yourselves at the bottom. We need to find a consistent way of playing.
We’ve been really unlucky in the first two games. We should have taken three points on Saturday and should have taken a point on Tuesday.”
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