Doncaster Rovers: Now or never for Jones to make his case

Rob Jones, pictured during his Sheffield Wednesday days, takes Doncaster Rovers to Sheffield United tomorrow.

Rob Jones, pictured during his Sheffield Wednesday days, takes Doncaster Rovers to Sheffield United tomorrow.

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Rob Jones does not strike you as the kind of man who would be a big believer in fate.

But it almost feels a little predetermined that the former Sheffield Wednesday captain’s biggest day as a prospective manager should come at Bramall Lane.

With the deadline for applications for the vacant Rovers manager’s job due to pass today, you get the feeling it’s now or never for Jones to make his case.

The 35-year-old has been keen to remind people about the role he played in guiding the club to the League One title in 2013, alongside Brian Flynn.

But he takes a very different Rovers team - one low on confidence and excruciatingly short of goals - into tomorrow’s derby still searching for his first win in temporary charge.

Victory at Sheffield United would undoubtedly make Rovers’ owners sit up and take notice - and it could be just the sort of springboard that this team so desperately require to get their season up and running.

But to achieve it they will have to be a lot better than what they were in Jones’ two games in charge to date, a 2-0 defeat at Walsall and 1-1 draw at home to a very limited Oldham side.

Rovers must keep the ball better for starters and, with that in mind, Richie Wellens must come into contention for his first start for a month.

After failing to find the net in each of their four away games to date, Doncaster’s failings in front of goal are plain to see.

But if they wanted anyone to get them up for a clash with the Blades, former Owl Jones should be well qualified.

His team have at least looked well organised and the gameplan will no doubt be to frustrate the home team and silence the locals, maybe hit them on the break.

Maybe it’s meant to be?