Joe Wright was pleased to mark his return to the pitch with the decisive goal as Rovers’ U23 side got their Premier League Cup campaign off to winning start.
The centre-back headed home from a set-piece to secure a 1-0 success in the opening group game on Tuesday night.
Wright said: “It was really nice to get some minutes under my belt, it was a good game and it being at the Keepmoat Stadium meant there was a good tempo to it.
“I set myself a little target before the game of getting a goal and keeping a clean sheet, so it is really pleasing to achieve it.”
It was Wright’s first outing since suffering a knee injury playing against Hull City in the final game of pre-season.
He added: “It has been frustrating, I played all of pre-season then got a niggle in the last game. The fitness coaches Rob Lee and James Walsh have been really good with me and told me not to rush myself back.
“The gaffer told me to take my time because he wants me for the whole season, not just one or two weeks. They’ve given me the extra time in training to get my fitness up and it has worked well. I wanted to play, but I understand and respect the decision.”