Tyreece John-Jules continued his fine start to life at Doncaster Rovers with another mature performance leading the line in the team’s 4-1 home win against Bristol Rovers last Saturday.
Operating as the sole striker for the third game running, John-Jules brought energy and physicality to the game and caused plenty of problems for the Bristol Rovers defence, who were all too willing to lunge into challenges and concede free-kicks.
John-Jules was on the receiving end of one such challenge from captain Max Ehmer in the first half, with Doncaster already 1-0 up in the game. John-Jules held his ground and earned the free-kick from which Jon Taylor’s delivery was eventually turned in by Madger Gomes to make it 2-0.
Darren Moore likes his teams to press high up the field and make life difficult for opponents at the first point of contact, and John-Jules is proving adept at implementing this game plan with his pressing ability, restricting space for defenders to play out as well as being able to draw defenders away from the ball to open up space for teammates, as seen in two chances for winger Jason Lokilo prior to half time.
On the ball, John-Jules came to the fore in the second half as Doncaster imposed themselves on the game further, and he had a hand in both the team’s third and fourth goals.
First, he played a deft one-touch give-and-go off the right flank with Jon Taylor that allowed Taylor to move into the penalty area and square for midfielder Taylor Richards to finish into the bottom corner after some improvisation. As impressive as the pass was, John-Jules’ ability to hold off his marker and execute the play was just as important to the move.
He then bagged his first assist of the season for the fourth goal, scored by Taylor. As James Coppinger swivelled on the ball outside the area, John-Jules made a run in behind and took the pass left of goal, stepped over a sliding challenge and squared the ball along the six-yard line for Taylor to tap in at the back post, completing a superb move that left Bristol Rovers defenders on the floor.
John-Jules played the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 win and although he didn’t have any chances on goal himself, he worked really hard for the team and contributed massively to an excellent team display, taking home the Man of the Match award amongst Rovers fans.
Thanks to Adam of Into The Empty Net for providing this report.