Doncaster Rovers: Oldham loss is a reality check, says Rob Jones

Rob Jones says the loss against Oldham will provide food for thought for Rovers. Photo: Howard Roe.

Rob Jones says the loss against Oldham will provide food for thought for Rovers. Photo: Howard Roe.

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Rob Jones insists the defeat to Oldham Athletic was a reality check for Rovers.

Doncaster failed to improve their home form as Lee Johnson’s Latics rallied through strikes from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a Jonathan Forte penalty for a 2-0 win at the Keepmoat.

Skipper Jones was one of a few positives for Rovers after the stalwart centre-back returned to the side following injury.

And the 34-year-old insists life in League One will be full of ups and downs and that he and his Doncaster team-mates should not get carried away following a recent run of good form.

“League One is a very difficult league,” said the former Sheffield Wednesday man.

“The year we won [League One] we were up and down, up and down.

“It’s still very early days. We’ve had a great month and could’ve capped it off with a good win against Oldham, but it wasn’t to be.

“Sometimes you get a reality check when things are going really well for you. You take your eye off the ball a little bit and you get a knock.

“We’ll pick ourselves up and go again.”

Jones, who came into the fray in place of Liam Wakefield as Paul Dickov’s only change from the starting line-up at Watford during their Capital One Cup success, was also far from pleased in the manner in which Rovers succumbed to defeat.

A poorly defended set-piece allowed Clarke-Harris to ghost in and bundle home in the fourth minute.

Doncaster’s weekend disaster was capped off when Luke McCullough was penalised following a tackle on Danny Philliskirk in the box and Forte stepped up to slot home a 59th minute penalty.

“We’ve given them two goals from the penalty and the set-piece. Defensively we’re very good at set-pieces so it’s very disappointing from that point of view,” added Jones.