The battle for survival: Paul Goodwin’s verdict

Rovers' Giles Barnes has a header on goal against Birmingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' Giles Barnes has a header on goal against Birmingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

0
Have your say

You are meant to stay impartial and objective in this job but there are occasional moments when your emotions get the better of you.

The full time whistle on Friday was definitely one of those moments.

As Rovers fans filed away with the horrible reality of the situation etched all over their faces, I’ll admit to feeling completely winded and demoralised by yet another Doncaster defeat.

Staring down the barrel of a return to League One, it is probably the lowest I’ve felt during Rovers’ Championship years.

So goodness knows how the players and management were feeling after seeing another three points slip from their grasp.

It felt like the night Mission Improbable became Mission Impossible.

The realistic thoughts of ever-the-optimist John Ryan on this very page tell you everything you need to know about the seriousness of the situation Rovers now find themselves in.

But the fact is, it’s not over till it’s over.

It will have been a tough week for the lads this one.

They will have been grateful for an overdue rest, but the lack of a midweek game has left everyone to dwell on Friday’s defeat.

Leicester and Burnley will both be difficult eggs to crack over a potentially decisive Easter weekend for Doncaster Rovers.

Rovers simply have to better the results of Coventry City and Bristol City if they are to have any chance of survival.