Nearly there!

Doncaster's John Oster gets to the ball before Preston's Barry Nicholson Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster's John Oster gets to the ball before Preston's Barry Nicholson Picture: Andrew Roe
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SEAN O’Driscoll reckons Doncaster Rovers are inching their way to safety following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to bottom three strugglers Preston North End.

The result ended a run of three successive defeats and left Rovers eight points clear of the relegation zone as they prepare for Saturday’s tough derby clash at Hull City.

The Doncaster boss said: “Obviously we would have liked to have sprinted past the finishing line some time ago but now it looks like we’ll have to inch our way over.”

One more win from the last five games would probably be enough to see Rovers to safety but they may well achieve the points in ones - rather than threes.

O’Driscoll felt his team had been too wide open at times in what was an entertaining and far from nervy encounter against Preston.

He said: “They need to win games and threw caution to the wind and we more or less joined in the party.

“Some of our play was excellent.

“We didn’t look like a team under pressure and tried to play with freedom to express ourselves - and we can always cause problems for teams when we are in that mood.

“But I just thought we were too wide open when we lost the ball.

“We need to be more pragmatic and place the emphasis on organisation and discipline.”

*For the full story see this week’s Free Press.