Doncaster Rovers: This is a second chance - Gary Woods

Focus: Keeper Gary Woods says Rovers cannot afford to look to anything other than the next game.
Focus: Keeper Gary Woods says Rovers cannot afford to look to anything other than the next game.
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GARY Woods insists Rovers must take their ‘second chance’ against MK Dons after their recent stutter.

The young shotstopper feels Rovers have been let off the hook by remaining joint-top of League One despite two successive defeats.

And he says they must make their final game in hand count against MK Dons tonight.

“If we beat MK Dons then we go top and we haven’t been there all season,” Woods said.

“It’ll be a great position to be looking down on everyone else and then hopefully that’ll give us the confidence to go on another unbeaten run.

“We know there’s a long way to go and it’d only take one defeat to send us back to square one.

“We also know we’ve been a bit lucky to still be top of the league after losing the last two games.

“If we were going to do that, we’d rather have it now when we’ve not lost any ground.

“If it’d had happened ten games down the line we could have ended up being the ones doing the chasing.

“As it is, we’ve got a second chance and we must take it.”

Swindon could only draw 1-1 with bottom side Hartlepool on Saturday, ensuring Rovers remained in the top two despite losing 2-1 to Walsall.

Boss Brian Flynn said he had seen several ‘danger signals’ in the last two games which must be addressed in order to prevent Rovers sliding down the table.

While Flynn would not publicly reveal his particular concerns, Woods has his own thoughts on what has gone wrong recently.

“In the last two games we’ve been the most disorganised we’ve been for the whole season,” he said.

“I think we’ve just stopped doing the things that have been working for us.

“I don’t think we’ve been working as hard and we’ve been trying to play football in the wrong areas which has cost us in games.

“If we’re being honest we’ve lost two games that we’d be wanting six points from.”

Woods – who has played every game for Rovers this season – feels the defeats to Bury and Walsall could have provided the shot-in-the-arm they need to go on and make a successful promotion push.

He also admits there is an added pressure that Rovers’ rivals for promotion will all have played their next games by the time they travel to Crawley Town next Monday.

The 22-year-old said: “We don’t want to be in a position where we lose to MK Dons and then everyone goes and wins at the weekend.

“That puts a lot of pressure on us for the Crawley game on Sky next week.

“If we’re not careful we could easily be going to Crawley on Monday having to win just to stay in touch at the top of the table.

“Maybe these defeats have the kick up the backside we’ve needed.

“We can’t be looking at anything other than the next game. We need to get back on track and that starts with MK Dons.

“We need to go in with the mentality that the worst result we can possibly get is 0-0 and build from there.”