Doncaster Rovers: The great escape bid - how things stand

Tommy Rowe puts Rovers ahead at Chesterfield. Photo: Andrew Roe

Tommy Rowe puts Rovers ahead at Chesterfield. Photo: Andrew Roe

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Doncaster Rovers’ great escape bid faltered at Chesterfield on Tuesday night but it is still mathematically possible for them to negotiate their way to safety.

Rovers are five points adrift of fifth bottom Shrewsbury Town with three games left to play.

But if results were to go their way over the next week they could be just two points from safety when they head to already-relegated Crewe a week on Saturday.

After they were held to a 1-1 draw against the Spireites, beating Coventry City at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday is now a must for Darren Ferguson’s men to give themselves any realistic hope of staving off relegation to League Two. But they are also reliant on favours elsewhere.

It promises to be a nerve-jangling afternoon for all concerned. Rovers could be relegated this weekend if they fail to win and Fleetwood and Shrewsbury both win their games against Blackpool and Gillingham respectively.

Shrewsbury play their game in hand, at promotion-chasing Walsall, next Tuesday.