If there’s ever a team in the football league who like to do things the hard way, then that’s got to be Doncaster Rovers.
After last season’s final day heroics at Brentford, this year we could go into the last game at Leicester needing a win for safety.
We have had the opportunity in our own hands with the last two ‘winnable’ games at home. But for 65 minutes of those, we didn’t fight for it.
We came across a Birmingham goalkeeper who made three top drawer saves before taking the lead through Paul Quinn. However, Lee Clark’s inspired substitution of bringing on Nikola Zigic to help Federico Macheda up front was the turning point for me.
A mistake from James Husband saw former Rovers loanee Macheda pounce. From then on we pressed the self destruct button.
We carried on where we left off on Tuesday against Bolton. They had so much room in the first 15 minutes and scored two simple goals. Credit to the team - especially David Cotterill - who took control and gave us a lifeline with a free-kick.
Luck and lack of confidence in front of goal cost us. I also feel we were denied a penalty and a draw would’ve been fair.
I think Barnsley and Yeovil are destined for the drop with Millwall, Blackpool, Charlton, Huddersfield and us likely to be the other. So, Bank Holiday Monday’s game at Millwall is a real six-pointer.
This Saturday we’re up against another team just hitting form in Ipswich Town. They’re another side we do not fare well against and manager Mick McCarthy seems to be guiding them in the right direction.
This weekend is the Annual Supporters’ away weekender. We have 112 Rovers fans stopping down in Great Yarmouth from tomorrow until Sunday. A further three coaches are going to Saturday’s game.
Friday, May 16, is the 32nd Annual Retford Branch Supporters’ Club event at the Charnwood Hotel in Blyth. Tickets cost £20 which includes a four-course meal and free transport from the Doncaster area.
You can still get discounted rates for a season ticket, call Len South on 01302 817347 for more.
Ipswich coaches depart from Harworth at 8.35am, Rossington 8.45am, Infirmary 9am and Keepmoat Car Park 1 at 9.15am. The travel club, which runs coaches from Hatfield/Infirmary/Keepmoat, also has spare capacity. Call Ian Hepworth on 07946 333847.