O'Driscoll's focus on performances

17 January 2010 10:11
The Yorkshireman was beaten to the Burnley managerial spot by Brian Laws, but the pain was partially numbed by his side's performance in their first fixture of 2010.[LNB]Dean Shiels gave Rovers a deserved lead five minutes after the break and Gareth Roberts scored for the first time since April to put Rovers 2-0 up.[LNB]Heidar Helguson replied with a stoppage-time penalty, but it was too little too late as Watford extended their winless run to six games in all competitions.[LNB]The result elevated Doncaster to 12th - five points off sixth - but O'Driscoll insisted he had set no targets for reaching the play-offs.[LNB]"I never look at league tables," he said. "Our focus here is on performances. I say this often, but if we get the performances right, the results will follow.[LNB]"I'm very happy today because we got the two together.[LNB]"We have had a difficult week and it has been nice to finish it off with a performance."[LNB]He would go no further when prompted to talk about his Burnley disappointment - which is thought to have arisen because Burnley and Doncaster could not agree a fee on compensation - but he admitted he was flattered by the vocal support he received from the home fans.[LNB]"It was nice," he said. "You have good times and bad times at a club and we are doing well at the moment.[LNB]"I thought it was a terrific game today. I thought we deserved the win."[LNB]For all but the opening exchanges, the win never seemed in doubt.[LNB]Having survived a scare in the second minute when Watford's Tom Cleverley miscued, Doncaster had numerous chances to go ahead.[LNB]James Coppinger engineered the best in the third minute, driving a low shot across goal that Scott Loach could only parry against the shins of Billy Sharp. The ball ricocheted wide but on a luckier day it easily could have been Sharp's 11th of the season.[LNB]A minute later Shiels put a good chance wide, before drawing a good reflex save from Loach, who also did well to tip away a Sharp header as half-time approached.[LNB]Shiels eventually scored in the 50th minute, collecting Coppinger's clever back-heeled pass, swivelling in a congested area and rolling a low shot past Loach.[LNB]Watford responded well, Henri Lansbury and substitute Will Hoskins bringing good saves from Neil Sullivan.[LNB]But Rovers were never seriously threatened and, moments after Shiels drew an excellent stop from Loach, Roberts scored in the 83rd minute with a sweet half-volley from outside the area.[LNB]Liam Henderson hit the bar as Watford looked to hit back, before Helguson scored from the spot after Sam Hird brought down Hoskins.[LNB]"Their keeper was fantastic," O'Driscoll said. "Big lad, big arms. He did very well for them."[LNB]Watford boss Malky Mackay agreed, saying: "He has done very well. There were two or three performances that pleased me and Scott did well.[LNB]"But we are disappointed with the performance today.[LNB]"I don't think we were as 'at it' as Doncaster. They got to the ball quicker than us when the ball was up for grabs and were just a bit sharper than us. That's disappointing.[LNB]"We had a few chances towards the end, but we didn't play as well as we could have done."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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