Ryan On The Record: Hull comeback down to ‘The Professor’

Rovers' David Syers palms off Hull's Cameron Stewart. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' David Syers palms off Hull's Cameron Stewart. Picture: Andrew Roe

FOR all those who missed the Hull City cup tie on Tuesday night, all I can say is you missed some game.

To go two goals down in 15 minutes and then fight back to win 3-2 shows what Doncaster Rovers is all about.

It reminded me so much of the victory over Crewe some years ago in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final.

Make no bones about it, this was a Hull City side full of talent.

We found ourselves heading for the exit door but the lads showed great character, heart and large amounts of skill.

If we can keep that going then we have a great chance of heading back to the Championship.

Rovers’ first goal was one of the best I have seen for many a year.

James Coppinger rose like a salmon and headed the ball back down to David Syers who hit a glorious 25-yard volley.

And following Rob Jones’ equaliser, it was that man Syers again who hit the winner after another assist from Copps who had a great game.

After such an early setback, the players all performed brilliantly.

It’s an interesting tale of how we got our hands on David Syers from Bradford City.

In a way we have to thank referee Mick Russell whose performance last season against Portsmouth at the Keepmoat earned me an FA hearing for comments I later made.

My lawyer Richard Cramer defended me admirably but it was a forgone conclusion I would be found guilty by a majority decision.

After the hearing Richard, Dean Saunders and myself headed for lunch at a nice restaurant in Manchester and it was in conversation there that Richard recommended David Syers to us.

He wanted to play at a higher level and was interested in joining us rather than Coventry City and later that evening his father telephoned me and we had a good chat.

Dean had a good look at some videos of him in action and the rest is history.

David is a unique footballer as he holds a degree from Leeds University in Classics.

That is very unusual for a professional footballer and maybe from now on we had better call him ‘The Professor’.

The role he played on Tuesday, playing just behind a striker, suited him down to the ground.

He not only has a great shot on him but he has an eye for goal and he is not easily pushed off the ball.

So let us hope we get a good draw in the next round. Manchester United would do me very nicely!

I feel last Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse to Crawley Town was just a blip.

This emerging new-look side of ours has plenty going for it if we stay clear of injuries.

We had our chances in the game and couldn’t convert, but they did with the aid of a deflection.