Player ratings - Doncaster Rovers 0 Rochdale 2

Cedric Evina was Rovers' stand-out performer.
Cedric Evina was Rovers' stand-out performer.

Sports writer Paul Goodwin gives his verdict on Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Rochdale.

DONCASTER ROVERS

Stuckmann 6: Made a couple of routine saves and could do little about the goals.

Mattioni 6: Offered width on the right and linked up nicely at times with Coppinger.

EVINA 7: Good going backwards and forwards. Lively in the final third and also produced an excellent block after Bunney was played in.

Alcock 6: A steady rather than spectacular home debut. His lack of size might be a concern at centre half.

Butler 7: Showing signs of getting back to his commanding best.

Taylor-Sinclair 6: Looks confident playing on the left of Butler. Carried the ball well at times.

Middleton 5: Struggled to get a foothold on the game and gave the ball away in the lead up to the second goal. Subdued.

Coppinger 6: Creative and crafty in the first half but faded as the game went on. Came closest to scoring after the break.

Grant 7: Busy on the ball, holds onto possession excellently. His balance and poise laid on the chance for Coppinger.

Tyson 6: No shortage of effort but very little dropped for him.

Williams 6: Worked hard, had four decent opportunities in the first half to break the deadlock.

Subs: Anderson: Tried desperately to make something happen before going off injured.

N’Guessan: Failed to influence the game.

Stewart: No time to make an impact.

Rochdale: Pereira 7, Bennett 6, McNulty 7, Lancashire 7, Kennedy 7, Camps 6 (Rose 87), Cannon 6, MCDERMOTT 8, Vincenti 6 (Andrew 62, 6), Bunney 7 (Mendez-Laing 81), Henderson 7. Subs not used: Lillis, Eastham, Alessandra, Tanser.