Starting a three point turn

Franck Moussa in action against Swansea
Franck Moussa in action against Swansea

Every season is defined by turning points - and Tuesday night’s draw at Norwich could be the start of Rovers’ three-point turn.

I’m going for Doncaster to be quick on the draw against Watford and Derby as they bid to pull clear of the drop zone.

And three points from three games would put the brakes on a car crash couple of months for injury ravaged Rovers.

An unprecedented injury crisis has driven everyone to despair over recent weeks.

But Doncaster’s luck seemed to change at Carrow Road - and not before time either.

Adam Drury’s rather comical own goal stemmed a seemingly unrelenting tide of bad fortune and bad results.

And the precious and hard fought point gained at Norwich now provides a platform to move up through the gears during the remainder of the season.

Fingers crossed it should also see Doncaster motor away from trouble - although they have a tough run-in still to negotiate.

Despite their injury woes, it wouldn’t have been in the best interests of the club had they waved the white flag and not made the journey to East Anglia.

And, as it happens, Rovers overcame their adversity with a disciplined and organised display.

It was arguably one of the most important points of the season - a really unexpected bonus against one of the division’s most watchable and effective sides.

Rovers got that bit of luck with the equaliser that has deserted them in recent months.

But the draw was just reward for a showing of solidarity in times of turmoil.

That togetherness will be taken to another level on Saturday when the chairman joins the fans in the South Stand.

It’s that sort of commaraderie which makes Doncaster a little different to the majority of Football League clubs - and I expect that spirit to come to fore against Watford.

I’d like to think that the Keepmoat Stadium will be whipped up into a frenzy and the Hornets won’t know what’s hit them.

But the reality is that Rovers are scrapping for everything at the moment - and I reckon both managers will be happy with a point at the weekend.

Brian Stock’s return certainly galvanised Doncaster on Tuesday and his calm head in the middle of park has been sorely missed.

Should Billy Sharp also return to the side, that might just swing things in Doncaster’s favour against two sides also struggling for any sort of form.

Watford have no win from their last eight.

Derby are without a victory from nine - and have lost their last four at Pride Park.

But it was only a fortnight ago that Portsmouth ended their 10-game search for a win at the Keepmoat Stadium.

I’ve been scratching my head this week wondering where Rovers’ season went wrong - and the turning point for me came at home to Reading.

It was a very strange performance against the Royals that seemed to sap all the belief out of the team.

Hopefully Doncaster have again turned a corner - but they might have to wait for that elusive win.

Rovers 0 Watford 0

Derby 1 Rovers 1