Herbie Kane felt Rovers put in a controlled performance as they cruised past Southend United at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night.
Rovers went four points clear of seventh place with a 3-0 win in Sky Bet League One, a crucial gap with a break from league action at the weekend, and Kane says they played exactly the way manager Grant McCann expected them to play.
“I think we played really well, we controlled the game throughout, the first 20 minutes were a bit slower than we’re used to I think, but as the game wore on, we started to turn it on and it’s great to get another three points,” he said.
“We want to get that level of control in most of the games we play, that’s the way that the gaffer wants us to play, we did that really well here and that shows with getting the win, and we’ve been picking up a lot of them lately.
“We managed to keep a clean sheet too, we showed good determination and good game management to make sure that we didn’t concede, come the end of the season, the goal difference could play a big part in where we finish.”
Kane put the seal on things by scoring the third goal on 73 minutes, his seventh goal of the campaign so far in all competitions, and he put his effort down to his drive to be in the right place at the right time.
“I wasn’t expecting the ball across from John Marquis if I’m being honest, but I managed to get myself in the right place at the right time, and he’s got a goal and an assist so I’m sure he’ll be very happy with that,” he added.
“I was determined to get myself into that position even so late on in the game, I want to score goals just as much as the strikers do, late on in the game that’s when everyone’s a bit tired, but I’m still up there wanting to get the ball.
“I’m feeling very good, I recover well, and I make sure my legs are right for the next game, there’s a lot of big games coming up of course and I have to make sure my recovery goes well, do things professionally and be ready for the next big game.”