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Lawlor praises second half reaction

15 October 2017

Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was pleased with the way the side reacted in the second half of Rovers’ 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

A ninth minute strike from Tariqe Fosu stole all three points for Karl Robinson men, but Lawlor says Rovers need to be more aggressive in the opening periods of the game.

“We saw a better reaction in the second half, we got the ball down and created a lot of opportunities for ourselves and Charlton struggled to get out of their half in a few spells,” said Lawlor.

“I am disappointed with the result, we did not start the way we wanted to which was aggressive, and it was a sloppy start from us overall.

“We just need to dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday, I made a couple of saves in the second half, but it means nothing when you do not get the three points at the end of the game.”

Darren Ferguson’s side return to league action on Tuesday night against Portsmouth at the Keepmoat Stadium, and Lawlor says Rovers have enough quality in the team to get a result.

“After a defeat it is better to get another game straight after so we are not waiting another week to put the result right, we will have a recovery session on Monday and then go again Tuesday,” said Lawlor.

“Losing such as key player early on like Coppinger is a blow, losing someone like him does affect the team but I think Rodney Kongolo did really well when he came on.

“We have a quality squad, due to injuries and suspensions we will have to rotate on Tuesday night, we are all moving in the right direction and we have to pull together and get a result.”

Tickets for Rovers' next game at the Keepmoat Stadium against Portsmouth on Tuesday October 17 are still available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at 

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