John Buckley: No room for error - but Rovers can still get out of this

Luke McCullough impressed against Chesterfield
Luke McCullough impressed against Chesterfield

I’m still fairly hopeful we can get out of this mess.

Before the Chesterfield game I thought we needed a minimum of ten points out of 12 to give ourselves a chance.

Obviously the draw at the Proact leaves no room for error at all now, but I still think this team is capable of going on a little run when it matters most.

We’re playing well at the moment and it’s just that little bit of composure in front of goal that we’re lacking.

It felt like two points dropped against the Spireites and what made it even harder to take was that Gary McSheffrey was denied a stonewall penalty, James Coppinger seemed to have a perfectly good goal ruled out and then to compound matters Andy Williams missed an absolute sitter.

There would have been a lot of disappointment and frustration in the dressing room afterwards, and with scores elsewhere going our way it was a missed opportunity to close the gap on Shrewsbury and Fleetwood to three points.

So psychologically that felt like a bit of a hit, but I have no absolutely no doubt that the lads will pick themselves up for Saturday against Coventry and they’ll be right at it.

The midfield impressed me on Tuesday night. Luke McCullough was outstanding again, Tommy Rowe played well and got his goal and Richard Chaplow is starting to show his quality.

But on the flip side goalkeeper Remi Matthews should have done a lot better for their goal and his kicking leaves a lot to be desired. And Williams is clearly devoid of confidence in front of goal. Darren Ferguson might just turn to Nathan Tyson this weekend.

We simply have to win on Saturday and cross our fingers for favours elsewhere.

It might just come down to a final-day decider with Burton Albion in the end - with the Brewers going for the title! That’s what we have to aim for.

Bucky’s charity bet: Rovers to beat Coventry and both teams to score