Paul Goodwin: Don’t rule out Rovers just yet - but now it’s crunch time

Nathan Tyson (second left) impressed during Tuesday night's defeat to Swindon.
Nathan Tyson (second left) impressed during Tuesday night's defeat to Swindon.

Typical Rovers!

That’s been the overwhelming reaction of supporters on the back of a difficult week, one that saw Doncaster not just lose ground in the race for the top six but also drop from their highest attendance of the season to one of their lowest in the space of four days.

It’s hard not to empathise. Not for the first time Rovers flunked in front of a fuller than normal Keepmoat Stadium against Peterborough on Saturday, before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against automatic promotion chasers Swindon.

With any hint of momentum now gone, following one win in seven, Rovers head to a rejuvenated Coventry tomorrow rather clinging onto the coattails of neighbours Sheffield United and Barnsley who currently occupy the two play-off positions still realistically up for grabs.

More so, boss Paul Dickov is still trying to get the balance of his side sorted in the absence of Paul Keegan, although he seemed to hit upon a more effective solution in midweek when the width provided by Nathan Tyson in particular, in a return to the 4-2-3-1 structure, gave a good Swindon team problems.

So, yes, it was typical of Rovers to let their problems at the Keepmoat Stadium rear their head at a critical junction in the season. But it would be equally typical for Doncaster to now find solace on the road again. Don’t rule them out of the race just yet - but now it’s crunch time.