Doncaster Rovers: Clean sheet must be priority insists Gary McSheffrey

Gary McSheffrey

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Gary McSheffrey says Doncaster Rovers’ decision making has to be spot on if they are to stop the rot in the vital clash with Blackpool this afternoon.

Rovers trail visitors Blackpool – and safety – by two points heading into the game after their woeful capitulation against fellow strugglers Colchester on Good Friday.

Forward McSheffrey – who made a scoring debut on Friday after joining on loan from Scunthorpe United – says the priority for Rovers today must be keeping a clean sheet.

“We’ve just got to be more disciplined, make better decisions as a team and not be so open,” he said. “Second half on Friday we were wide open. Every player has to take responsibility for that.

“We just have to simplify things and try to keep clean sheets.

“Obviously it sounds easy and it’s not. But that’s what we’ve got to do.”

The 33-year-old cut a forlorn figure following Friday’s defeat but says he is relishing the prospect of a quick turnaround against the Tangerines.

He said: “That’s what football does for you – it always gives you another opportunity.

“That second half was unacceptable and we’ve got to do our utmost to put it right. We’ve got a quick opportunity to do that.

“Blackpool are always a tricky team, they’re quite dogged.

“They’re inconsistent which is why they’re down there. They beat Scunthorpe 5-0 one week and they are capable of that.

“We’ve just got to dig in and roll our sleeves up.

“If we win, it’s three points over the Easter weekend which isn’t too bad.”