Rovers seal their first league win in 13 games
Relieved Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll saw his side score their first
home goal since August and it was enough to hand them a three vital Coca-Cola
On-loan defender Shelton Martis headed the decisive goal three minutes before
half-time to move bottom-placed Doncaster level on points with near rivals
Doncaster have had little luck this season and O'Driscoll said: 'I think I'm
going to have to wear this jacket, shirt and pants every game now.
We played how we've played in all the games so far - we didn't approach this
'We got a goal, which was nice, and it was something to cling onto and something
to fight for.
'We had a little bit of luck where we could have conceded two or three goals
but all credit goes to the players.'
On match-winner Martis he added: 'He's got pace and attacks the ball well.
'In his two games, we've kept two clean sheets - he's done very well.'
Disappointed Ipswich boss Jim Magilton admitted: 'It's a poor defeat because
the last seven or eight games we've been very good but four or five players
were below par today.
'Doncaster deserve credit because they had to dig in for almost an hour.
'We lacked quality in vital areas. I think we got a little bit bullied and
overrun in midfield - I think they beat us in that department.
'We've got plenty of experience in there but it was just a lack of quality
and a lack of know-how.'
Doncaster started brightly when Sam Hird's goal-bound volley was diverted
over by Ipswich's Alex Bruce.
But it was Bruce's defensive partner Richard Naylor who nearly bagged the opener
when his powerful 20th-minute header thumped the Rovers crossbar.
Ipswich boss Magilton handed a start to David Norris despite suggestions
he might take the midfielder out of the firing line following his controversial
handcuff goal celebration last weekend.
In light of his message to jailed pal Luke McCormick, every touch by Norris
was met with a chorus of boos and he wasted a great opportunity to silence
the home crowd by scuffing wide from close range on 40 minutes.
Moments later the action switched to the other end and Doncaster took a lead
they were not to relinquish.
Matt Mills headed Brian Stock's free-kick back across the Ipswich goal and
Martis, in his second game since joining from West Brom, got his head on the
ball to put Rovers ahead.
It was the home side's first goal at the Keepmoat Stadium since their 1-0
win over Coventry on August 30.
Soon after the break Magilton threw on attacking players Jon Stead and Darren
Ambrose, making his second Town debut after rejoining on loan from Charlton,
as Ipswich searched for an equaliser.
Ambrose almost made an instant impact when he met Owen Garvan's left-wing
cross in the 65th minute with a brilliant volley that forced Neil Sullivan
to acrobatically tip over the bar.
Final Ipswich substitute Pablo Counago also went close with two headers but
Doncaster remained firm to earn their first win in 13 games.