Doncaster Rovers: We’re still in a good place insists Paul Keegan

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Doncaster Rovers may be four games without a win but Paul Keegan insists it has not been enough to dent the positive mood at the club.

Rovers followed defeat at Blackpool with a draw against Wycombe Wanderers before exiting the FA Cup at Oldham Athletic and battling out a stalemate with Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Despite the run of form, Rovers remain in the automatic promotion places in League Two.

And Keegan feels a positive result at Exeter City this weekend would put any recent negativity to bed.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re in a bad place, in a crisis or anything like that,” Keegan told The Star.

“We’re still right up there near the top of the league and that can all be put to bed with a good result on Saturday.

“We’ve probably conceded a few too many goals recently. But we’re still scoring goals and creating lots of chances.

“We just need to tighten up a few things. Sometimes there’s going to be individual mistakes and errors.”

Keegan has yet to feature in league action so far this season after suffering a thigh issue during pre-season.

Watching from the sidelines, he has been sufficiently impressed with Rovers to this point as they look to secure an immediate return to League One.

“We’re playing games, dominating and creating lots of chances,” he said.

“Teams are going to beat us in this league – whether that’s because of a mistake from us or good play from them.

“We’ve always done well in every game and I don’t think there’s been many teams to play us off the park in this league so far.

“We’ve come up against some good teams and some really organised teams that are hard to break down. They see us as a big team in this division.

“But we’ve coped with it very well.”

Keegan himself is in a positive mood as he edges ever closer to full fitness following injuries which have blighted much of his year.

The Irishman missed the final two months of last term with a hamstring tear and worked hard to build up his strength during the summer break.

But when he returned for the first day of pre-season training, he suffered a new thigh injury which he struggled to shake off.

Keegan played the majority of the second half at Oldham last weekend before featuring throughout Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He said: “The more games I can get, the better.

“I can get that bit of sharpness and get fit, that is my priority at the moment.

“I was happy with the 90 minutes, I felt good and hopefully I can build on that.

“It’s been very frustrating.

“I came and did a lot of work during the off-season to make sure I was right to get in and then I picked up an injury straight away in pre-season which wasn’t what I wanted.

“These things happen. It’s all about reacting and recovering to get back to where I was.

“When you miss your pre-season, you’re always behind the lads and it takes time to get your sharpness and fitness.

“I’ve had a lot from Ben [Rome, fitness coach] and the physios, and everyone is working hard to get me up to the sharpness I should be at.

“I got a little bit tired towards the end but it’s the first 90 minutes I’ve had in a while.

“I just look to build on it and improve on it each time.”