Darren Moore felt his Doncaster side needed to shake off some ring rust as they took their time to see off AFC Wimbledon in their FA Cup replay.
Visiting Wimbledon were much the better side in the opening period but second-half goals from James Coppinger and Rakish Bingham saw Donny through to a comfortable win which saw them set up a second-round tie at Gillingham.
Rovers had not played for 10 days prior to the game after their clash with Shrewsbury was called off due to international call-ups – their third postponed fixture of the season.
And Moore believes the performance showed exactly why a consistent run of matches is important.
“This is why I get so irate with games being called off,” he said. “You want games.
“And that first-half performance was the product of not playing a game for 10 days.
“The Tranmere game was called off so you get ready for the next game and then the Shrewsbury game gets called off.
“You want the continuity.
“That is why after we drew the first game that I said to Glyn (Hodges) that I was grateful for the replay.
“He couldn’t believe it but I was delighted to have the game.
“I just thought the first 45 minutes were just getting the rustiness out of the boys.
“I said to them at half-time that they’d had that rusty spell and it was about coming on in the second half and upping it.
“Ultimately we grew into the game, felt the speed and tempo of it and we got into the second round.”
Wimbledon boss Glyn Hodges felt there were positives his side could take from the game despite their exit.
The Dons dominated attacking play in the opening period, with the highlight being a shot off a post from Kwesi Appiah.
“We’re disappointed that we’ve been beat but I’m quite pleased with some of the play,” Hodges said.
“We’ve had two cup games with Doncaster who have got some great players and are a really good side. I felt that we should have won the tie in the first game but if you don’t take your chances and you’re not ruthless enough in front of goal, you pay the price.
“Once they got their tails up they showed what a good side they are.
“We saw the fine margins. On another day Kwesi puts that in the back of the net rather than hitting the post.
“It’s not nice when you concede a goal but you’ve got to find a way to get back in. Doncaster are in the ascendancy, they get their tails up and with the way they play, they take a few more risks and cause more problems.”
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