Piquionne is a ‘class act’

Power packed: New Rovers striker Frederic Piquionne holds off Forest defender George Elokobi last night at the City Ground.     Picture: Steve uttley

Power packed: New Rovers striker Frederic Piquionne holds off Forest defender George Elokobi last night at the City Ground. Picture: Steve uttley

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DONCASTER Rovers will go into Saturday’s testing Championship clash at high-flying West Ham United in buoyant mood after their 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground last night.

But they will lack the services of West Ham loanee striker Frederic Piquionne, who set them on their way against their fellow relegation strugglers with a stunning strike just before the break.

He chested the ball down just inside his own half and carried the ball forward before letting fly from 30 yards out for what will be a strong contender for the club’s goal of the season.

Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders admitted after the game that he had been looking the other way and hadn’t seen the goal but he saw enough to brand him a ‘class act’.

Added Saunders: “It (first away win of the year) has been coming for a while; we just haven’t been finishing our chances off. It was a crunch game and it was three points that we needed and it also stopped Forest getting away from us.

“It is the best we’ve played since I’ve been here; I thought we controlled the game and moved the ball brilliantly around the pitch. But I thought ‘here we go again’ at one stage in the second half. Kyle hit the inside of the post and had that gone in it’d have been 3-0 and would have been it.”