Portsmouth's Doncaster stalemate a 'good advert' for League One, says Donny boss Richie Wellens

Doncaster manager Richie Wellens felt his side's goalless draw with Pompey was a 'good advert' for League One football.

By Lewis Mason
Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 12:30 pm

The Blues could have snatched all three points, only for Donny goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg to save substitute Shaun Williams' 77th-minute penalty as it ended 0-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But Wellens says it was a pretty even affair overall on the balance of chances created – and two ‘good sides’ going at it.

Donny's Tommy Rowe saw his effort after 19 minutes chalked off for a slight push on Pompey defender Clark Robertson, while goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu saved well from former Blues man Ben Close as the hosts were on top in the first 45 minutes.

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However, Doncaster had stopper Dahlberg to thank for preserving a point after the restart.

He saved superbly from Michael Jacobs' drilled strike and John Marquis' close-range header in quick succession.

Dahlberg was then on hand to keep out Willilams' spot-kick after Ro-Shaun Williams had shoved Gassan Ahadme to the ground in the penalty area.

Wellens believes it all contributed to a good spectacle played out in front of an 'outstanding' home crowd.

Doncaster boss Richie Wellens. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

But, most of all, the Donny boss was relieved to see his side get their first League One point on the board following a run of three straight defeats.

Speaking to the club website, Wellens said: ‘We were outstanding for the first 45 minutes, we should have been two or three goals up, you're then playing against a team who are full of confidence who came back into the game.

‘Our energy levels, again, you can see just disappear around the 70-minute mark. In the end, they could have won it, but we've got our goalkeeper to thank for the penalty save - and they had a couple of other chances.

‘I think, overall, we had just as many chances as them and we're in a bigger predicament than them.

‘They've got quite a settled, experienced squad and we're still chasing a few things.

‘I thought it was a good advert for League One. It was two good sides with good energy, I thought our crowd were outstanding, I really enjoyed today.’