Chaplow’s late show gives hope to Jones
DONCASTER caretaker boss Rob Jones hopes victory against a superior Barnsley side is enough to earn him serious consideration for the permanent job.
A Rovers statement on Friday confirmed that they hope to have a new manager installed in the next ten days.
With next Saturday’s scheduled game postponed due to Millwall’s international call-ups, Donny only have Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against League Two strugglers York City in the next two weeks, making this match Jones’ last meaningful opportunity to impress.
After four winless games his side finally tasted victory thanks to Richard Chaplow’s late goal.
And Jones believes this kind of battling performance represents a distinct improvement on those under former manager Paul Dickov.
He said: “That’s someone else’s decision to make, isn’t it?
“As soon as I took the job I said I’d give it 100 per cent, I’ll give it everything I’ve got, I’ll try and stamp my authority on the football club and on the team on the pitch and off the pitch.
“I think I’ve done that. Have I improved performances? Yes I have. Have I improved results? Yes I have. But that’s only one step. I now need to go to York on Tuesday and get another result. This game was terrific and the boys were magnificent.”
Barnsley had the better of much of the first half but trailed at the break thanks to Keshi Anderson’s 35th minute goal.
The Rovers striker got a touch to Chaplow’s low cross to wrong-foot Nick Townsend and claim his second goal in three games since joining on loan from Crystal Palace.
Kadeem Harris threatened constantly down the left for Barnsley, but his crosses tantalised his teammates, with Marley Watkins unable to reach a 15th minute delivery and a low ball early in the second half evading Sam Winnall.
The striker made no mistake from Conor Hourihane’s corner, peeling away from a packed six-yard box and scoring with a high header. But Chaplow scored at the near post just seconds into injury time.
Barnsley boss Lee Johnson said:“It was a killer blow. I was pleased with the players’ performance. I thought we were excellent and ran the game really, from about ten minutes into the game all the way through to the 90th.
“I thought Kadeem was excellent – very bright, very sharp, showed what he’s about – and the poor kid, how he hasn’t scored or set up a goal I don’t know. We’re very close to being a good side. I just think it’s these tiny things that a big difference.”
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