John Ryan: The only way is up for Doncaster Rovers

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We have certainly got it all to do now over the next six games and it is a rather tall order.

It was another disappointing result last Friday at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Frederic Piquionne got us off to a flying start from an exquisite cross from Simon Gillett but again we failed to go and win it.

We have wasted so many points after being in good positions to win games.

The Leeds United defeat was a prime example, 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go and then we surrender that lead and then suffer a 3-2 defeat in the ninth minute of injury time.

If games ended in the 85th minute we would have been at least 12 points better off.

Leicester City are our opponents on Saturday and they have been showing some indifferent form of late.

Then we owe Burnley one from the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

Burnley had a tremendous 5-1 away win at Portsmouth on Saturday but have been blowing hot and cold. I really thought Eddie Howe would have them in a play-off position rather than mid-table.

We have to believe that miracles do happen. They do still sell rose-tinted glasses, I hear, at the opticians.

But after a poor return points-wise from nine matches in March, the opportunities to pick up points have just disappeared.

If we do go down to League One it will be a big blow.

But I feel we would win a lot more games at that level and some supporters would rather see a winning team than one that is struggling and losing on a regular basis.

This season has been a major disappointment and let’s hope it is not repeated for some time to come.

I have been chairman of the club for 14 years and this season has been the hardest I have had to endure.

A lot of people don’t seem to appreciate what it takes for a small club like Doncaster Rovers to play and compete in the Championship.

We have held our own in a very competitive Championship, given the gates we get and the very rough decisions that have gone against us, particularly away from home.

Most of the opposition we meet on the road have big crowds and they do influence decisions.

We have not got the same advantage when we play at home.

However, football is a great game - one minute you are up and the next you are down.

Right now we are bottom of the pile and so the only way is up for Doncaster Rovers.

You should look forward with me to making that climb.

n Could I just take time out to thank Dave Richards (affectionately known as Mud Hut) for his long service with the club as kit manager following his retirement from Rovers last week.

Dave has worked long hours at Belle Vue often with limited resources, at Cantley Park training ground and, of course, at the Keepmoat.

He has also been part of the great success we had at the Britannia Stadium, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

I am sure all the players over the years, the directors and the fans wish him all the best for the future.

Rovers til I die

John Ryan