Reading 2 Doncaster Rovers 0: Paul Goodwin’s Verdict

LAST October Rovers went to Reading and played some sumptuous football, but they lost a seven-goal thriller thanks in no small part to a dreadful decision from the officials.

Eleven months later and a refereeing decision would again cost Doncaster dearly at the Madejski Stadium.

But this was a Rovers team unrecognisable from the one who popped it around beautifully against last season’s beaten play-off finalists.

All is not rosy in Rovers’ garden.

And this Doncaster side look like they’ve been dragged through the proverbial Championship hedge backwards.

*Read Paul Goodwin’s full verdict on Rovers’ defeat to Reading, and preview of the forthcoming double-header at home to Crystal Palace and Hull City, in Thursday’s Free Press.