Don't mess with us! Doncaster Rovers skipper Tommy Rowe's warning to League One rivals

Captain Tommy Rowe says Doncaster Rovers have developed a nasty streak and has warned their League One rivals: '˜Don't mess with us!'

Saturday, 25th August 2018, 10:29 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th August 2018, 10:30 pm
Tommy Rowe

Rovers were one of only two sides in the division not to have a player sent off last season and have faced accusations of being ‘too nice’.

But there has been a marked change this term.

By collecting 14 bookings in their opening five games of the season, Rovers have gone from the top of the Fair Play table to the bottom.

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“I think we’ve had a bit of nastiness about us,” said Rowe.

“We’ve had quite a few yellow cards and it’s not because we’ve been petulent, it’s because we’ve got a steeliness to fight for things a bit more.

“You don’t want to be getting red cards but we want to show teams that they can’t mess us about because we’re young lads.”

He added: “I talked last year about lads stepping up and I think that’s something they have done this year.

“Some of the young lads are showing some good early signs of developing and getting that nastiness.

“It’s about being football-savvy.”

Andy Butler has been booked four times already and Ben Whiteman has collected three yellow cards.

Rovers host early pacesetters Portsmouth on Saturday hoping to return to winning ways.