DRAMATIC END FINE BY FLYNN
BRIAN Flynn is quietly content with Doncaster’s position at the top of League One after Rovers chalked up a second successive crucial single-goal victory.
His right-hand man Rob Jones lashed a close range shot joyously into the roof of the Tranmere net after 63 minutes to settle a match ruined by the dreadful Keepmoat Stadium pitch.
The result leaves former leaders Tranmere needing to turn things around in their final three games if they are to reach the play offs.
Doncaster meanwhile are seven points clear of Yeovil in third and two ahead of Bournemouth in second and Flynn said:“The pitch was perfect – we’ve won 1-0.
“Again it’s a goal from a set piece and again it’s come from our centre-half; Jamie McCombe on Monday and now Jonesy.
“The lads have put in a really tough shift against a good Tranmere side. I always thought one goal would be enough to settle it and we’ve controlled many periods of the game. We defend well individually and as a unit and did so again.
“I’m glad to be seven points clear (of third place), but I’d prefer to be 17. Going to Brentford on the final day looking to win to clinch the title would do me.”
The match was a dismal 0-0 as a spectacle with both sides struggling to control the ball on the grassless, uneven surface.
Donny deserved the points for their weight of pressure although the winner was the only occasion all afternoon an on-target effort got through to either unemployed goalkeeper.
Ash Taylor picked up a yellow card for conceding a free-kick a couple of yards inside his own half for a foul on Donny striker Chris Brown.
David Cotterill, always Donny’s likeliest route to goal, swung the ball over for Jamie McCombe to nudge into Jones’ predatory path and he gave Tranmere keeper Owain fon Williams no earthly chance.
Cotterill sent a couple of his long-range specials fizzing just wide in the first half while Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro nodded Andy Robinson’s free-kick narrowly off target after 43 minutes.
Despite making a double substitution, Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere failed to create any clear openings in the final stages. Akpa Akpro’s tame volley after 49 minutes was the nearest they came to testing Gary Woods.
And Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore said: “It’s disappointing as that looked like a nailed on 0-0.
“The ball has travelled 60 yards from the free-kick and yet again we’ve conceded a goal from the second phase of play.
“I can’t fault us for effort, commitment and desire. That pitch is better than ours but it was still difficult to get the ball down and play on it.
“We’ve got to win our last three games now but we don’t really look like scoring. We have to get belief into them and get crosses
into the box.”