BUCKY’S BLOG: Hang on in there - we’ll be okay!

Rob Jones' return can't come soon enough for Rovers columnist John Buckley.
Rob Jones' return can't come soon enough for Rovers columnist John Buckley.

It’s looking more and more like three teams from five for the drop.

I still think Doncaster will get out of this.

Dropping into the bottom three is obviously a worry but when we get players back from injury I’m confident we will claw our way to safety.

We’re competing in a mini-league with Barnsley, Yeovil, Charlton and Millwall from here on in. I think Sheffield Wednesday will be okay. They have the momentum now to kick on.

So it’s really vital we pick up about ten points from the next four or five games. Otherwise it might be too little, too late.

It’s a tough game this weekend against a Wigan side who have a had a little pick me up since Uwe Rosler took charge.

Considering the quality of the opposition, a draw wouldn’t be a bad result. But Rovers do need to start winning games as quickly as possible and, with a run of fixtures coming up against the likes Blackpool, Charlton, Barnsley and Yeovil, it might be a case of now or never.

It’s amazing when you’re down there you never seem to get the bounce of the ball and decisions seem to go against you.

But Rovers need to start making their own luck and taking their chances when they come along.

At the moment when the ball goes in the box there doesn’t seem to be that belief or conviction. We don’t look like we’re going to score, and we’ve really missed the presence of Rob Jones at attacking set pieces.

There’s no magic formula. When the opportunities in front of goal present themselves, Rovers have just got to take them.

It’s been an interesting last week or so with James Harper, Dave Syers, Martin Woods and Billy Paynter all moving on.

That suggests the manager has a couple of things lined up in terms of players coming in, and a couple of fresh faces would give everyone a huge lift.

Abdoulaye Meite made a good start at Blackburn at the weekend, despite the scoreline, and one or two more players of a similar pedigree could make all the difference.

It’ll be an open game this weekend, Wigan are a side who like to play, In doing that they can give the opposition room to play too.

So it’ll be interesting to see where we are at, and how Dickov approaches it in terms of team selection. If Paul Keegan has a chance of playing, he’ll be really tempted to throw him in.

It’s all about hanging onto the coattails of 21st place at the moment. You don’t want to be cut adrift.

If we can hang on in there and get Keegan, Jones and a new striker in the team as soon as possible, I’m sure we’ll be okay.