Rovers ace on way back

Top prospect: Ryan Mason, on loan from Spurs, was carried off in the second match of the season
Top prospect: Ryan Mason, on loan from Spurs, was carried off in the second match of the season

DONCASTER Rovers on-loan midfielder Ryan Mason was set to resume full training today.

The Spurs’ prospect hasn’t played since being stretchered off in the second game of the season with damaged ankle ligaments.

The news that Mason, who was outstanding in the later weeks of last season, could soon be back in contention, is a welcome boost for a Rovers side still propping up the Championship table after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Reading, who scored twice after the break to end a run of four successive defeats.

Reflecting on Saturday’s game, Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly said: “It was a big like the previous game at Cardiff.

“They came at us early on but we weathered the storm and came more into the game and we came in 0-0.

“The message at half-time to the players was ‘keep it going.’ But as is often the case in the Championship the first goal is crucial and after that we were chasing the game,”

O’Kelly, whose view of the incident was confirmed by an examination of DVD footage, claimed that the goal shouldn’t have stood due to a foul on keeper Neil Sullivan, who dropped the ball when trying to collect under pressure from former Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre.

“He (Le Fondre) jumped into him,” argued O’Kelly following a lengthy post-match inquest behind closed doors.

It was the Royals first goal from open play in five games and served to boost their spirits and they added a second seven minutes later.

Joseph Mills, on loan at Rovers last season, picked out Le Fondre in the box and he headed home to claim his first goal for the Royals since his £350,000 move last month,

“He took it well but from our point of view it was a poor goal to concede; we didn’t defend the back post well,” said O’Kelly.

“We probably had our best spell of the game after that, We moved the ball about quite well.

“In the first half we gave good possession away too easily and in the second half after we’d gone 2-0 down we made use of the possession and created opportunities and finished on the front foot,

“That was a positive. The negative is why can’t we play like that before we go two goals down? We know that we need to do better.”