Vital point for Rovers

The heat is on: Rovers scorer Brian Stock battles for the ball in last night's crucial match against Preston.          Picture: Steve Taylor
The heat is on: Rovers scorer Brian Stock battles for the ball in last night's crucial match against Preston. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers eased their Championship relegation worries when picking up a point against fellow strugglers Preston North End at the Keepmoat Stadium.

With both Sheffield United and Scunthorpe losing, Rovers are now eight points clear of danger with just five games to go.

“With other results going our way, it was possibly a point gained rather than two lost,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly after the 1-1 draw.

O’Kelly claimed that Preston’s equaliser, which came just three minutes after Rovers’ skipper Brian Stock had broken the deadlock, was offside. But he felt the result was fair.

“We looked good going forward, and we have always got players who can score goals, but we have got to make sure that we keep the back door shut,” he said.

“I saw them recently at Reading and in that game they were a bit conservative but they are in a position where they need to win so they had a real go tonight.

“For the neutrals I am sure that they will have gone home thinking that if this is Championship football they’ll come and watch it every week.”

O’Kelly praised the work rate of full-back James O’Connor in his first game for two months.