DEFENDER Paul Quinn says Doncaster Rovers will need to be more clinical than at Victoria Park last weekend if they are to avoid the risk of being stung by visiting Brentford tomorrow.
“We need to beat Brentford because it was a disappointing result at Hartlepool,” said the 27-year-old right-back, a product of the Motherwell junior set-up.
“We need to be more clinical as a team than we were in that game.
“We were on top for a spell in the first half but we never imposed ourselves enough.
“We need to finish things better against Brentford than we did last weekend where we needed a late equaliser to salvage a draw.
“Although you never know, had we scored in the first half when we were on top I think we’d have won the game.”
Pools’ goal, which had looked like winning the game until skipper Rob Jones levelled the scores on 89 minutes, had come from a penalty, again underlining that Rovers are hard to score against in open play.
“The back-four has had its ups and downs and we’ve made the odd mistake but I think generally we’ve looked solid at the back and we don’t look like conceding goals,” he said.
“Even though we let three in the recent home game against Preston we didn’t look vulnerable in defence and no way should we have conceded so many goals.
“As a team we made a couple of individual mistakes - we didn’t pick up our men in the box and didn’t do the right thing at the right time.
“But if we can keep errors down to a minimum in games then I think we’ll do well.
“Because we play an attacking game there are going to be times when teams come at us but they are not always looking like scoring because we are tackling them down the side and down the middle and our centre-backs have been heading balls away and our goalkeeper (Gary Woods) has been brilliant.
“It’s bad news that Jamie (McCombe) will be out for a couple of months, but these things happen in football.
“Fortunately, we’ve got Shelton (Martis) to step in and play alongside Rob.
“We’ve got only a small squad, but it’s a good squad and we’ve got people who can play in several positions.
“I’ve played centre-back before and I could play there in an emergency but I prefer playing full-back.
“I like to get forward down the right, as does Tommy (Spurr) down the left, but that’s part of the game for full-backs these days.”
Quinn says he is disappointed that things turned out the way they did at Cardiff City.