David Syers has admitted that his ex-team-mates were frustrated with the way in which Doncaster’s season panned out as lengthy periods of poor form eventually took its toll on relegated Rovers.
Rovers picked up just one point from their last seven games which ultimately condemned their fate as they succumbed to the drop on the final day of the season.
That horrendous run came straight after the side’s epic derby day victory over Leeds United back in March during a time when Doncaster were eight points clear of the drop-zone.
However, Rovers struggled to overcome rotten periods throughout a difficult Championship campaign which included a nine-game winless run during the festive period.
And as other teams were able to grind out results when times were bad, that proved the frustrating difference between staying up and going down for Rovers.
“For Doncaster I was disappointed to say the least to see them relegated. It was tough to take in the way they had gone down,” said Syers.
“I still speak to a lot of the players there and I know how frustrated they were in the way Rovers went down. They were frustrated more with the fact that they didn’t grind out the results when they needed to.
“It was tough for them because when they played well, they really did perform strongly.
“To go from that to a period where they weren’t playing as good and also not picking up points, that’s what ultimately did the damage unfortunately. During the season they had shown just how good a team they could be, but they just couldn’t carry that on when they weren’t performing.
“Their bad runs without points really cost them in the end, it’s obvious really but in the Championship you can’t afford to not pick up points when you’re not playing well. It’s a very tough league.
“I think that’s what saved the likes of Millwall and Charlton because they ground out some results against the odds which kept them up in the end.”
For Syers it has been a rollercoaster of emotions during a 2013-14 campaign which saw the former Bradford man out of favour with Paul Dickov’s plans with Rovers.
Syers was sent out on loan to League Two promotion-hopefuls Scunthorpe United.
Following a successful spell, which saw him net five goals in 15 appearances for the Iron, Syers was snapped up permanently by United in January, helping them to automatic promotion.
Next season Syers will come up against his former Rovers team-mates for the first time in what promises to be an entertaining 2014-15 League One campaign.
“Hopefully Rovers are able to keep a good basis and really get back into form,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to all of the Yorkshire fixtures coming up and the likes of Doncaster and Barnsley will be tough sides to beat.”