Pilgrims 'ecstatic' after drama
Plymouth assistant John Carver believes the win at Doncaster was vital, while Sean O'Driscoll was angry.
Last Updated: 03/04/10 6:48pm
Plymouth assistant head coach John Carver believes his club's victory at Doncaster is evidence that nobody is looking for pity in the battle against relegation, while Sean O'Driscoll was angry with his team.
The Pilgrims were seemingly dead and buried, along with their Championship survival hopes, when James Coppinger capped 58 minutes of Doncaster dominance with the opener.
But teenage substitute Joe Mason levelled in the 67th minute before Bradley Wright-Phillips headed an unlikely winner seconds into stoppage-time.
The result, Plymouth's fourth win in 16 games, moves Argyle within three points of safety and leaves Doncaster six points off sixth.
"Everyone is ecstatic," said Carver. "The way the game started we were a bit concerned. They looked good.
"But we got in at 0-0, which was good, and then conceded that goal.
"A lot of teams can feel sorry for themselves in that position. But the guys are committed to the cause, played some good football and got back in there."
Carver added regarding his side's late success: "We thought we could win it. We would have taken a point but we were on the front foot at 1-1 and took the play to them.
"We are going back down south delighted. We have caught a few up which is good news. This could be priceless for us."
Rovers boss O'Driscoll said: "I thought we were lacklustre the whole game. The standards we set, we didn't do what we need to do.
"It was as poor as we have played since the 3-3 with Ipswich (in September). We had a big chance today with a big potential prize and it was poor.
"All the things we needed to do we did with no enthusiasm. Body language was poor. No one talked to each other.
"They have had two shots and scored twice."
O'Driscoll also revealed on-loan striker Billy Sharp could be out for the rest of the season with a torn thigh muscle sustained at Barnsley last weekend.
"It's a nasty one, a deep one," he said. "I'd say he will be out two or three weeks at least. He is not our player so we won't be pushing him."