Doncaster Rovers crashed out of the Carabao Cup last night following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of League Two Grimsby Town.
A thirty-nine minute strike from Jordan Cook was enough to send the Mariners through to the second round for the first time since 2008.
It was a toothless display by Rovers who dominated possession and controlled the game but were unable to convert a host of chances into goals. Rovers have so far failed to replace last seasons top scorer John Marquis following his departure to League One rivals Portsmouth, and it showed as smart and fluid play more often than not petered out in and around the eighteen-yard area.
New boss Darren Moore appears to be struggling to land his transfer targets and Rovers fans are not happy with the club’s activity in the summer transfer window. The club has not replaced other vital players in last seasons successful team such as Tommy Rowe and Mallik Wilks, and although the Marquis fee was undisclosed, reports suggest it was around £2 million, and fans are starting to question why this is not being reinvested back in the squad.
Fans were not happy when they took to social media to react to the result with many pleading with the club to sign a striker.
Here is a selection of their responses on Twitter.
Spend some money lads
— bradredshaww (@bradredshaw) August 13, 2019
We need strikers !!!!!!! Without a doubt!!!!
— Diane Webb (@dianewebb5236) August 13, 2019
Not our day, but it is starting to come together.If we get another striker all well & good, but once we do there will suddenly “be a need for someone else in another position”.Very quick to spend other people’s money.
— Antony Styles (@AntonyStyles5) August 13, 2019
Lost to a L2 team who haven't seen the second round since 2008. Pathetic toothless performance. Big man's got alot of work to do if this lot are gonna be promotion chases lol shocking.
— Mark (@YorkieInTheMids) August 13, 2019
Why does anyone have expectations this season? Last seasons top 4 goal scorers all gone, replaced by nobody! Where does the club expect to finish, bottom 6 I reckon? #GRIDON
— Gav Worboys (@DonnyGav7) August 13, 2019
@drfc_official Any chance of signing anyone vaguely resembling a striker. How does a team of professional footballers have 24 shots and only get 3 on target.
— Dene Rollitt (@DRollitt) August 13, 2019
I would like to say I feel optimism for this coming season but that would be a lie after pre-season and the games so far.
— Michael Shaw (@SilverTop669) August 13, 2019
Ffs spend some money and buy some decent players, you let 7 go in the summer and you have not bought one player, we are doing our bit you do yours
— Richard (@Ricardos54) August 13, 2019
We will be hearing that alot this season if he doesn't get a striker asap
— Ben savage (@Bsavage89) August 13, 2019