The Verdict: NOW is the time for Rovers to go on a run

Curtis Main, who scored in the 2-1 win at Bradford, will be hoping to carry on where he left off at Coventry.
Curtis Main, who scored in the 2-1 win at Bradford, will be hoping to carry on where he left off at Coventry.

Doncaster Rovers will have to break the habit of this season if they are to finish in the top six.

Stringing a sequence of league wins together has proven to be a rare feat for a Rovers team plagued by inconsistency.

They managed back-to-back wins against Swindon and Coventry during a festive flourish.

They then went one better in February as victories over Crawley, Yeovil and Crewe in the space of eight days reignited their play-off push.

But, in all likelihood, they will have to better, or at least repeat, that three-game winning run this month if they are to extend their season beyond May 3.

The ball is in Doncaster’s court. With Rovers due to meet four of their play-off rivals in their next five games - Bradford City, Sheffield United, Rochdale and Fleetwood - now could not be a better time to go on a run.

And the reality of the situation is that they will almost certainly have to win at least five of their remaining eight games to end up in one of the two play-off positions still up for grabs.

Results elsewhere went as well as could be hoped last weekend as neither of the frontrunners in Peterborough, the Blades or Barnsley collected maximum points.

But there would have been a sense of frustration in the Rovers camp that they were denied the opportunity to build on the solid second half display at Coventry.

Second guessing Paul Dickov is not an easy task at times but he won’t have failed to notice how far more comfortable his team looked when they switched to a traditional 4-4-2 shape at the Ricoh Arena.

You can almost throw tactics out of the window tomorrow though.

Against a resolute, honest Bradford team, it will almost certainly boil down to which team simply works the hardest.

With that in mind, Rovers’ prolonged break - while the Bantams in the meantime have beaten Oldham and lost to Chesterfield - could work in their favour.

Rovers’ last defeat at Bramall Lane came back in 1982 and the last three meetings between the sides in Sheffield have ended all square.

Should that pattern continue, and Doncaster get the better of Bradford, they will be well placed to mount a serious challenge. But they need to keep on winning, and that’s proven to be easier said than done this season.

Bradford: Home win

Blades: Draw