Doncaster Rovers: Paul Goodwin’s half term report/player ratings

Nathan Tyson and James Coppinger have been Rovers' stand-out performers so far this term, according to Paul Goodwin.
Nathan Tyson and James Coppinger have been Rovers' stand-out performers so far this term, according to Paul Goodwin.

To coincide with half term at school, sports writer Paul Goodwin has compiled his Rovers report cards...

JED STEER

This is no slight on Steer but Sam Johnstone’s arrival will give the dressing room a huge lift.

The Villa loanee’s shot-stopping ability can’t be questioned but his command of the area and tendency to punch too often can be. 6/10

REECE WABARA

Started the season in impressive fashion - and showed his versatility by filling in admirably at centre back - but his confidence appears to have dipped along with the team’s in recent weeks. 6/10

CEDRIC EVINA

Looks comfortable with the ball at his feet but the former Arsenal youngster is yet to convince in terms of his positional play and defensive nous. 5/10

LUKE MCCULLOUGH

The Northern Ireland defender has adapted quite well to the rough and tumble of League One but he has been prone to the odd costly error. Plenty of room for improvement. 6/10

JAMIE MCCOMBE

Returned to side initially with good effect but his form dropped before becoming the fall guy for the more vocal Andy Butler, suggesting his manager is not convinced. 5/10

ROB JONES

His leadership and physicality have been sorely missed. N/A (too few games)

ANDY BUTLER

On the evidence of Saturday, exactly what was required in the absence of Jones.

Very promising start. N/A

LIAM WAKEFIELD

Recovered well from a difficult night at York City, but still looks unsure of himself in the first team set-up. 5/10

PAUL KEEGAN

The midfield destroyer has not yet produced the type of form which saw him emerge as a key figure during the previous two seasons.

His decent display against MK Dons suggests he is happier in a two-man engine room. 5/10

RICHIE WELLENS

Missing most of August was always going to make things difficult, and Rovers Rolls-Royce midfielder’s season has stalled somewhat.

He has not managed to dictate games like he has done in the past, but his form should improve with more time on the pitch. 5/10

DEAN FURMAN

Brilliant for South Africa but still not a regular for Rovers. Looked good in a more advanced role but Dickov appears unsure how to get the best out of him on a regular basis. 6/10

MARC DE VAL

Hailed as the answer to Rovers’ problems after an excellent display against Chesterfield, and has not let anyone down when called upon. Dickov seems less convinced. 6/10

JAMES COPPINGER

After taking the armband from Jones, Coppinger has led by example. Looks as fit as ever, and has been Rovers’ main threat from midfield. 8/10

HARRY FORRESTER

Let down by his lack of discipline and yet to live up to his reputation.

Needs to get his head down and start producing. 5/10

KYLE BENNETT

Has gone from a potential outcast to near the top of the class. A new man. Deserves praise for turning things around. 7/10

NATHAN TYSON

Star man. His enthusiasm and effort are a shining example to others. Six goals too. Keep up the good work. 8/10

CURTIS MAIN

Showed glimpses of genuine quality at Yeovil and his partnership with Tyson promises much. A player Rovers really need to keep fit. N/A

THEO ROBINSON

Scored on the opening day but his season has gone rapidly downhill since.

Needs a goal, desperately. 5/10