Paul Goodwin: Sixth-place finish ‘written in the stars’ for Rovers?

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Doncaster Rovers have in some respects already exceeded their own expectations this season - but still have the potential to achieve much, much more.

It might even be written in the stars.

By their own admission, 2014/15 was meant to be about rebuilding. Laying some foundations after slipping out of the Championship in the most agonising fashion possible. In simple terms, Paul Dickov’s brief last summer was to ‘finish as high as possible’. At least in-house, Rovers were not thinking about promotion.

Such pragmatism unsurprisingly did not extend to the club’s fans, whose expectations ranged from ‘Doncaster should be challenging for the top two’ to those who feared, following another traumatic summer, the club could drop through another division.

Then there were those, myself included, who half expected a run-of-the-mill mid-table finish. When it came to nailing my colours to the mast before a ball was kicked though, my heart ruled my head. Sixth I said, in glass half-full mode. Why? Simply because Doncaster don’t seem to do boring mid-table any more.

So a season that was meant to be about consolidation is, in true Doncaster Rovers style, very much alive. And given how the last two seasons have ended, you just wouldn’t bet against another dramatic climax.