Doncaster Rovers 0 Bolton Wanderers 4: Teymourian makes his name to leave Allardyce feeling at home
Monday 08 January 2007
If there is one thing wrong with the Keepmoat Stadium it could be that it is just a little too easy for relatively well-heeled visitors to make themselves comfortable there.
What could have been a potentially gruelling afternoon in the mud and grim surroundings of Doncaster's recently departed old home at Belle Vue instead assumed the atmosphere of a stroll on manicured new turf for the Premiership side. Having seen his team control the game almost effortlessly, the Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce knew which situation he preferred.
"They've got a great ground, a great pitch and a great atmosphere,'' Allardyce said. "The old ground could have been a bit daunting, especially for our foreign players.''
In the absence of several of his regulars, it was some of those lesser-known Bolton imports who had the chance to shine. Nobody took that chance better than the Iranian midfielder Andranik Teymourian. Confined before this game to a couple of Carling Cup ties and several cameo appearances in the Premiership, he took centre stage.
Quite apart from two fiercely struck goals - and how managers love players who can come through from midfield and do that - the range and vision of his passing was the most notable feature of a convincing Wanderers display. Whether he could do it in the Premiership on a regular basis is another question, and Allardyce will not rush him.
Bolton tend to take a few liberties with foreigners who have problematic surnames, keeping matters simple by sticking a more manageable forename on the back of their shirts. Thus Teymourian has become Andranik - "although his team-mates call him Ando", Allardyce said. On this showing he could indeed go on to make a name for himself, hopefully even his right one.
The Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll refused to blame the salubrious environment for Bolton's lack of difficulty. His view was that the visitors would still have beaten his willing triers on a field studded with broken bottles and he was probably right.
O'Driscoll also declined to identify Ian Walker's excellent save from Paul Heffernan's header in the 12th minute as a turning point. Had it gone in, however, Rovers would have been level, and the bulk of a 14,000 crowd could have sustained the belief that they were capable of staging an upset.
O'Driscoll would not have been so easily convinced. "They were just bigger, quicker and stronger than us,'' he said. "They had 10 men back behind the ball working for each other. That's how they've got where they are.''
Goals: Davies (8) 0-1; Teymourian (22) 0-2; Tal (33) 0-3; Teymourian (49) 0-4.
Doncaster Rovers (4-4-2): B Smith; Green, Lee, Lockwood (Roberts, 83), O'Connor; Stock, Coppinger, Wilson, Forte (Guy, 70); McCammon (Price, 60), Heffernan. Substitutes not used: Dyer, Thornton.
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-3): Walker; Hunt, Faye, Meite (Augustyn, 83), Gardner; Teymourian, Fortune (J Smith 51), Tal; Stelios, Davies (Anelka, 73), Vaz Te. Substitutes not used: Al-Habsi (gk), Speed.
Referee: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).
Man of the match: Teymourian.
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