Doncaster: Andy Griffin urges Rovers calm

Tough defender: Andy Griffin, right, in action for Doncaster Rovers.'                           Picture: Gordon Clayton.
Tough defender: Andy Griffin, right, in action for Doncaster Rovers.' Picture: Gordon Clayton.
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DONCASTER Rovers have every incentive to beat visting Coventry City in today’s League One clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

at Bramall Lane, would see them top the league for the first time this season.

But veteran defender Andy Griffin says that Rovers are keeping their feet firmly on the ground,

“Just because we are second and are playing a team which is in the bottom half of the table, it doesn’t mean that we are automatically going to win,” he told The Star.

“Football doesn’t work like that. You have to treat whoever you are playing with the upmost respect. I think the biggest advertisement for that would be the midweek Capital One Cup game between Bradford City and Arsenal

“We certainly won’t be treating Coventry lightly. They got off to a bit of a rocky start after being relegated along with ourselves last season but Mark Robins came in back in September and he’s got them ticking again.

“I’m not surprised that he’s turned things around so quickly because he’s a good manager.

“We’ve also seen it so many times when a new manager comes in and everyone ups their game and results improve - at least in the short term,

“But he seems to have kept things going and they are on a good run and have climbed the table and they are a team we obviously need to pay a lot of respect to.”

Having climbed into joint top spot, Rovers are there to be shot down, admits Griffin.

“There is extra pressure when you are top but it is good pressure,” he said.

“You just need to be able to handle it both individually and as a team but we’ve got the players here who can certainly do that.

“We’ve got a lot of very experienced players here and, with a number of good young players also in the squad, we’ve got a good balance which will stand us in good stead and hopefully that will be the case tomorrow.

“I think it is going to be a fast-paced game and I think that, given their recent results, they’ll be coming here trying to win.

We’ve got to make sure that we want it more than them. We’ve just had a week without a midweek game for the first time for a while and I think that most of the players have been glad of the chance to recharge their batteries.”