Sunday 22 April 2018

Video: Watch Doncaster allow Bury to score following freak goal

Doncaster allowed Bury to walk in an equaliser after netting a freak goal themselves in Saturday's Sky Bet League One 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov instructed his players to clear a path for Bury to find the net, after Doncaster scored by mistake in second-half stoppage time when attempting to return an act of good sportsmanship.

Midfielder Harry Forrester tried, following a throw-in, to return the ball to visiting goalkeeper Christian Walton who had knocked it out of play following an injury, but the ball bounced over Walton and found the Bury net.

Rather than take advantage, Doncaster let Leon Clarke amble half the length of the pitch unchallenged before tapping home.

Bury manager David Flitcroft said: "I've got the ultimate respect for Paul Dickov. He tried to get the referee to award a foul throw initially but then he's allowed us to score from the restart.

"Paul put football into a good place with his sportsmanship today because if you lose morality the game has no substance for me."

Dickov said of the late drama: "I didn't really think twice about allowing them to equalise. It just wouldn't have been right for us to take three points in the circumstances.

"It was just an unfortunate ending to the game. Harry Forrester hit the ball too sweet and I was just hoping it wouldn't go in. When it did we just had to allow them to score because you can't win a game like that."

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