See how the press reported our 2-0 win over DonnyThe Star
TEN thousand people enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display at the Keepmoat Stadium complex on Bonfire Night.
In comparison, last night’s League One clash between Doncaster Rovers and Crewe was a damp squib for locals in the near 5,500 crowd.
Rovers were but a pale shadow of the side which had won their last four league and cup games and were beaten by a goal in each half.
CREWE manager Steve Davis had a special word of praise for Lauri Dalla Valle after the young striker marked his Alex debut with an opportunist goal.
The 21-year-old Finnish forward, who is on loan from Premier League Fulham, outpaced the home defence to latch on to a magnificent through-ball from Chuks Aneke in the fifth minute and finish in fine style.
Mathias Pogba added a second after the break to seal a fine victory, but Davis said: "It was a perfect start for us and the player himself.
"He made a terrific run to get in behind the defence, picked his spot and slotted the ball home.
"Scoring first and early is something we haven't been doing, and it allowed us to settle and control the game better.
"I thought it was a terrific team performance and everyone played their part.
Doncaster only had themselves to blame for missed chances as Crewe ended their seven match unbeaten run with a hard-earned victory.
Rovers were outplayed in the first half as the visitors passed the ball and retained possession impressively after on-loan Finnish striker Lauri Dalla Valle had grabbed a goal on his debut after just five minutes.
The 21-year-old, on loan from Fulham, outpaced a square Rovers rear guard to latch on to a superb defence-splitting pass from Chuks Aneke and fire home off the near post. Rovers were fortunate not to be further behind minutes later when an attempted clearance from Tommy Spurr sailed goal wards and Gary Woods had to claw the ball off the line.
Woods did well to tip away a dipping shot from Abdul Osman in and saw a cracking effort from Byron Moore rocking just wide.
Doncaster never troubled visiting keeper Alan Martin in the first half although midfielder Paul Keegan should have equalised just before the interval when he dribbled through in fine style but then fired well wide of the target.
The home side suffered a blow when influential skipper Rob Jones went off with a head injury but they raised their game after the interval. Teenage left-back James Husband raced through to have a fierce angled shot parried but when Paul Keegan latched on to the rebound he fired against the crossbar. Robbie Blake had an effort smothered by keeper Martin and Iain Hune soon after.
But it was the visitors who struck when big striker Mathias Pogba headed home at the far post.
LAURI DALLA VALLE struck just 24 hours after signing on loan as Crewe upset the formbook.
The striker joined from Fulham on Monday and made an immediate impact on five minutes.
Finn Dalla Valle, 21, slotted home after Chuks Aneke’s slide-rule pass.
And boss Steve Davis said: “Hopefully that’ll be the first of many with us.”
Ian Hume fluffed a great chance to level in first-half stoppage-time, firing wide when clean through.
And Crewe wrapped up victory on 71 minutes when Mathias Pogba nodded home Michael West’s corner.
Doncaster boss Dean Saunders said: “We’ve not had the luck tonight.”
Mathias Pogba nodded home Michael West’s corner to end Rovers’ four-game winning streak.