Doncaster: Rovers bid to push on

Rovers leader: Skipper Rob Jones, right, is hoping for a Christmas bonus.    Picture: Steve Taylor
Rovers leader: Skipper Rob Jones, right, is hoping for a Christmas bonus. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers skipper Rob Jones is hoping to lead his side to victory in today’s League One promotion clash against MK Dons at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“It’s a big game for the club,” said the 33 year-old centre-back who is looking for the team to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at home to Coventry.

“Things were said after the game but it is how you respond on the pitch,” he said. “But talking is only half the battle; you can talk all you want but if you don’t respond on the pitch then you are in trouble.

“But we’ve got a good group of players at the club and every time we’ve had a defeat, or had a little spell without a win, we’ve responded in a positive fashion so hopefully we’ll do that again this weekend.

“It’s up to us to get back to the way we’ve been playing so far which has got us to where we are at the moment and to look forward to the second half of the season.

“But League One is one of those leagues where everybody can beat everyone else. You have got to work hard in each and every game.

“However, if you work hard enough, like we have done for most of the season, then generally you get your rewards.”

That has proved to be the case away from home for Rovers this season, but Jones admits that it has been a different story at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Why that should be I don’t know,” he told The Star.

“What I can say is that we are working very hard to try and get our home form to be as good as our away form, because if we can get both on an even keel then we have every opportunity of getting to where we want to go.

“At the moment we have our ups and downs at home whereas our form has been very even away from home.

“It’s not a surprise to be where we are in the table because of the talent in the dressing room; we have an abundance of very good players. It is up to us as individuals and as a collective group to continue with that.

“The season is far from over and there is over 23 games to go and an awful lot of points to play for and we can’t just rest on our laurels.

“That’s not what we are about.

“What we are about is pushing on and making the second half of the season better than the first.”