Doncaster Rovers’ case of the Blues?

Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda

Doncaster Rovers could inch closer to safety tonight - without kicking a ball.

Paul Dickov has been keen to stress that his own team must take care of themselves.

But a run of five defeats from six has left Doncaster’s fate out of their hands - at least for the moment.

If Birmingham City win or draw their game in hand this evening, at home to play-off chasing Wigan, then Rovers’ fate will remain out of their hands on the final day of the season at Leicester City.

The Blues are without a home win since October - a run stretching 17 league games.

But a point against the Latics would be enough to edge them above Doncaster, and out of the drop zone, by virtue of a better goal difference. Birmingham travel to in-form Bolton on Saturday.

That it should turn out to be Lee Clark’s side who have emerged as Rovers’ potential saving grace, makes Doncaster’s 3-1 home defeat to the Blues earlier this month even harder to swallow.

Rovers led 1-0 until just shy of the hour mark when they pushed the self-destruct button and eventually lost 3-1, with former loan striker Federico Macheda on target twice for the Blues.

That defeat has since been followed by a damaging run of four defeats and one draw which has seen Rovers’ eight-point buffer eroded - and the onset of a situation where Dickov’s men are now relying on favours elsewhere in order to survive.

Rovers will also be keeping an eye on Charlton, who host Watford tonight.

If Charlton lose to the Hornets, Doncaster will know for certain that a victory at the King Power Stadium will definitely keep them in the Championship.

Charlton go to Blackpool on Saturday, meaning both sides would be unable to better Rovers’ total of 47, should they beat the Foxes.

If the Addicks win tonight, and were then to lose to Blackpool, Rovers would be unable to catch either of those two sides.