Ryan On The Record: Rovers chairman on title pursuit, Gary Woods and Christmas shopping!

Doncaster Rovers's Gary Woods ''Football - npower Football League Division One - Doncaster Rovers v Preston North End - Tuesday 2nd October 2012 - Keepmoat Stadium - Doncaster''� CameraSport - 43 Linden Ave. Countesthorpe. Leicester. England. LE8 5PG - Tel: +44 (0) 116 277 4147 - admin@camerasport.com - www.camerasport.com
Doncaster Rovers's Gary Woods ''Football - npower Football League Division One - Doncaster Rovers v Preston North End - Tuesday 2nd October 2012 - Keepmoat Stadium - Doncaster''� CameraSport - 43 Linden Ave. Countesthorpe. Leicester. England. LE8 5PG - Tel: +44 (0) 116 277 4147 - admin@camerasport.com - www.camerasport.com
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OUR next four fixtures can define our season.

I honestly feel we have promotion credentials but we also need the 12th man, starting with the visit of Coventry City on Saturday.

I was delighted with the way you got behind the players for the last two home victories over Scunthorpe and Oldham.

We need a repeat performance this weekend as we go in search of goals and three more valuable points.

The game at Swindon was another resolute performance by our magnificent defence.

It was arguably the best rearguard action in my 50 years of watching Rovers.

It was real backs to the wall stuff at times as our captain Rob Jones hobbled around after an early knock, marshalling superbly alongside Tommy Spurr, Paul Quinn and James Husband.

We also witnessed a really superb and classy performance from Gary Woods in goal.

Since Dean Saunders made him his number one custodian he has gained in confidence and just goes from strength to strength.

Long may it continue.

The performance was full of grit, commitment and character, which was portrayed to the full by Iain Hume who soldiered on with a gash to his head which had to be bandaged.

Bearing in mind his career threatening injury to the head he sustained for Barnsley when playing Sheffield United, he has heaps of courage and guts.

That sort of never-say-die attitude also rubs off on his teammates.

The team spirit has been built up by Dean and his colleagues. The players feel they can beat anybody.

After Saturday we host MK Dons before games in the Red Rose county against Oldham Athletic and Preston North End.

Should we get positive results from these games then we are well on our way to another league title.

Players rarely get a championship medal, as there are only four teams per annum can achieve this, but it will be a great achievement if we can make it back to the Championship at the first attempt and also take a title for the first time in eight years.

This week has been somewhat different and a little more ‘relaxing’ if Dean will allow me to say that word after having no midweek game.

Hopefully the players will have benefited and be raring to go come 3pm on Saturday.

Now, all you Rovers fans, I want you on Saturday to put the Christmas shopping off to the Sunday. Bring your other half to the game.

Rovers are joint top of the tree right now and I would appreciate the town’s support.

It will be a cracking game as Coventry are on fire right now under Mark Robins.

Tickets are available on 01302 762576. Come out and support your title chasing team!

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan