Analysis: Crawley win can be Doncaster Rovers’ launch-pad

Rovers' players celebrate Dean Furman's goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Yeovil.
Rovers' players celebrate Dean Furman's goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Yeovil.

Whether it is for better or worse, there is usually one game every season that stands out as a ‘turning point’.

When Doncaster won League One two years ago, Kyle Bennett’s last minute winner at Shrewsbury in late February paved the way for eight wins from the last 13 games. The rest, they say, is history.

Now Rovers are hoping last week’s excellent 5-0 win at Crawley proves to be a similar catalyst.

Since the turn of the year, Rovers had been solid rather than spectacular. Their obvious lack of goals was holding them back.

But after scoring eight times in the space of five days, there is now every chance that last Tuesday’s morale-boosting win could become this season’s ‘launch-pad’.

Only if Rovers continue to win more than they lose at home and are ultimately successful in their late dash for the top six will it be held in such esteem. But the signs on Saturday against Yeovil suggested both of those targets are still well within reach.

Confidence flowed through Doncaster veins like never before at the Keepmoat this season. Some of Rovers’ play was a joy to behold, and for once their finishing did not let them down.

The five-star display at Crawley came at a crucial time, on the back of one win in eight. It unleashed that lingering frustration in front of goal and boosted levels of belief.

To then follow up that win in such a professional manner against Yeovil was almost equally, if not more, pleasing.

With competition for places intensifying and Doncaster’s front men firing, Rovers unquestionably have a springboard.

If they continue their ascent up the League One table by beating an in-form Crewe side, the place really will be bouncing.

And should Rovers go onto emulate the success they had in 2013, fans may well have Dean Saunders to thank yet again - because a Tuesday night in Crawley could well end up being that watershed moment in their season.