If Darren Ferguson meant a performance was guaranteed then that was lost on the players until half-time.
As if they had forgotten how to react to scoring Rovers duly went on the defensive.
Rovers slipped to a second successive away defeat, failing to score for the third game in a row.
The big highlight was the long-awaited return of Jordan Houghton , so key to last season’s success.
Alfie May was tireless, John Marquis a nuisance – the traits were there, but the opportunities never really blossomed.
The fanzine podcast returns with a jazzy new theme tune to look at the start of the football season.
Why I’d rather follow a football team looking local than trying to go global.
Football eh? How do I sum up this game when I don’t really understand what actually happened?
Were Blackburn rubbish, were Doncaster superb? Probably a bit of both, but who cares?
Can a game between football fans get a bigger crowd than a ‘proper’ match?
Ben Whiteman’s late goal spared Rovers’ blushes, and everyone’s time.
Though the nets may not have rippled from anything other than the August winds, Rovers made a fair fist of making it happen.