There is still work for us to do – Rowe

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Luke Baker

DONCASTER’S League Two pro­mo­tion job is al­most done – just don’t tell Tommy Rowe that.

Vic­tory over Plymouth at the fortress Keep­moat Sta­dium to­day would put Donny within touch­ing dis­tance of the ti­tle – but keep that to your­self as well.

The 28-year-old mid­fielder is still laser­fo­cused and has no in­ten­tion of cel­e­brat­ing un­til the sea­son is over.

Rovers’ dom­i­nance this term saw them a mammoth 17 points clear of fourth-placed Steve­nage head­ing into the week­end, and a win over their near­est chal­lengers to­day would move them nine points ahead of Ar­gyle with just seven games to play.

It’s all a far cry from Doncaster’s rel­e­ga­tion campaign in League One last year but Rowe points to a run of just one loss in their fi­nal five games of that sea­son as the turn­ing point.

“I know you might ex­pect us to but we’re cer­tainly not look­ing at it as job done,” ex­plained Rowe of the pro­mo­tion push.

“Any­thing can hap­pen in foot­ball – it’s a sport where mo­men­tum is ab­so­lutely mas­sive.

“I only came to the club mid­way through last sea­son but I saw how im­por­tant those fi­nal few games were in creat­ing mo­men­tum.

“We didn’t quite stay up but we got a few wins and car­ried that form into this year.

“But it can eas­ily go the other way – you can start los­ing a few games and it builds, so we still have work to do.

“Pro­mo­tion is ob­vi­ously the pri­mary ob­jec­tive but we want to keep go­ing for the ti­tle.

“It would be mas­sive to win the ti­tle but even that isn’t enough for this club – we want to win ev­ery game and I don’t see why we can’t.

“Plymouth won’t be easy – the qual­ity of their front­line speaks for it­self and they have lots of at­tack­ing threats.”

Man­ager Darren Ferguson has named the same start­ing XI for Doncaster’s last four games and un­less a fit-again Andy Wil­liams comes in for striker Alfie May, he is un­likely to change.

Rovers haven’t lost a home league game all sea­son but Pil­grims mid­fielder An­toni Sarce­vic, 25, isn’t con­cerned by that record. “We’ve both kept our mo­men­tum up to this game and it’s a mas­sive one that could push ei­ther of us on to pro­mo­tion,” ex­plained Sarce­vic.

“They’re good at home but we are full of con­fi­dence, as we should be, and form will be out the win­dow for this match – it’s all about putting the per­for­mance in on the day.”

Derek Adams’ Pil­grims also go into this af­ter­noon’s game in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion in terms of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion. They were 11 points clear of fourth-placed Steve­nage head­ing into the week­end – but will also have de­signs on the ti­tle.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.