Doncaster Rovers: Flynn’s men look to bounce back against Brentford

Billy Paynter's late effort almost rescued a point for Rovers against Notts County - but his shot was saved off the line
Billy Paynter's late effort almost rescued a point for Rovers against Notts County - but his shot was saved off the line
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BRIAN Flynn vowed that Rovers will bounce back at Brentford in next weekend’s ‘winner takes all’ decider after they missed out on a chance to seal automatic promotion.

Rovers will join Bournemouth in next season’s Championship if they avoid defeat at Griffin Park on Saturday in what promises to be a nerve-jangling end to an extraordinary promotion race.

Had they beaten Notts County in their final home game, Rovers would have been out of sight and celebrating an instant return to the second tier.

But Flynn has backed his players to get over the disappointment of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat and respond in the best possible way at Brentford.

“What’s done is done, we can’t change things now,” said Flynn.

“I always thought it would go down to the final match at Brentford and I stated that when I first took charge.

“We’ve dealt with being top of the table very well up to now - but not on this occasion.

“A few of the players were edgy and not their usual selves, but I’ve no doubt they will be up for it next weekend.

“Our away form has been blistering, so despite not winning on Saturday, we’ll go there with confidence.”

Joss Labadie’s stunning first half free kick proved to be the decisive moment on a day, with so much at stake and in front of a 12,000-plus crowd, that Doncaster never looked at ease.

“The first half was probably the worst 45 minutes we have played since I took over,” said Flynn.

“Look at the first ten minutes, normally our tempo is high and we just didn’t do it.

“That set the tone, and we just couldn’t get a grip on Notts County. We tried hard to recover in the second half, but it didn’t happen.

“We had a big crowd here and it was not an ideal way to end our home programme, but our fate is still in our own hands.

“We were beaten by a super strike. The fans tried to lift us and we had a go at the finish but, if I’m honest, I’m not sure whether we deserved a draw.”