Rovers can bounce back

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DONCASTER Rovers director of football Mickey Walker is calling on the everyone associated with the club to stick together following their faltering start to the season.

Sean O’Driscoll’s injury-hit side are bottom of the pile after accruing just one point from their opening five league fixtures.

The pundits predicted it would be a long, hard campaign for Rovers and that they face a second successive season of trying to retain their Championship status.

The pressure is on O’Driscoll and the players to arrest their slump in fortunes following the conclusion of the two-week international break.

But long-serving Walker is refusing to panic and believes they have the quality and character in the squad to get out of trouble.

He told The Star: “We have been playing very well and not getting our just rewards. It was disappointing on Saturday when I felt that we should have beaten Bristol City. David James saved a penalty and if that had gone in, I think we would have gone on to win comfortably.

“We know we will turn it around. We have played well in all the games that we have lost. We have just not had that rub of the green. When you are on top you have got to take your chances at this level.

“We are only in August. The players have got from now until May to put it right. The players are good enough and the manager has been there, done that and seen it before.

“This is a family club. We are all working together from the chairman to the management to the players.

“Everyone is pulling together, especially the players, and we are confident that we will put it right.”

You have to go back to February 1 for the last time Rovers tasted a Championship home win, a 1-0 triumph over Burnley. However, they beat Tranmere Rovers 3-0 in front of the home faithful in the Carling Cup with goals from Chris Brown, Ryan Mason and Kyle Bennett.

Walker acknowledges the team need to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible at the the Keepmoat Stadium, saying: “It is important we start winning, particularly at home to give our fans something to shout about.

“We have got to try and make this place a fortress and a hard place to come again.

“The mood is still good. The performances have been good. If they weren’t then we would have a problem but we have played well in every game so we are confident that we can turn it around.”