Doncaster Rovers press conference: My players are hungry insists Rob Jones

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones insists he has no worries over his players' desire for victory in Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash.

Rovers head to League Two side York City with a place in the third round of the competition up for grabs.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Jones said he has seen new hunger in his side following their change of fortunes over the past week.

"It's a game to go and win," Jones said.

"We all want to win football matches, whether they are pre-season friendlies, cup finals, last day of the season, we all want to win matches.

"None of us go onto a pitch thinking we'll be all right.

"They're hungry now and they're as hungry as I've seen them over my tenure.

"It's great to be around that group of players."

Jones said the mood in the Rovers camp is buoyant following Saturday's 2-1 win in the South Yorkshire derby with Barnsley.

Tuesday night's hosts York have won just twice this season and gave up a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Cambridge United at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

But Jones is expecting a tough test from Russ Wilcox's side.

He said: "It's a tough game.

"At the weekend they were 2-0 up and it got clawed back to 2-2 but you can't read too much into that.

"They've got good individuals, they work hard, make it difficult for you.

"We're going away from home so the atmosphere will be a bit different to what it was at the weekend.

"We have to go there and do a professional job.

"Following on from the weekend, we go there in good spirits.

"We've just won a local derby so we're looking forward to it."

Rovers will be without defender Luke McCullough who has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the vital Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Paul McKay will vie for the vacant centre back position.