BUCKY’S BLOG: Our injury situation proved fatal

Rob Jones. Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com.
Rob Jones. Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com.

I was absolutely gutted to see Rovers go down on Saturday, particularly the way it happened.

It had frightening similarities to last season at Brentford, but this time everything went against Rovers at the death.

The club’s recent run of form has been poor and it obviously put them in the position they faced on Saturday, but I was still convinced they would do enough to stay up.

Everything seemed to be going Rovers’ way when Bolton went 2-0 up againt Birmingham City.

But Lee Clark’s men never gave up, they threw the kitchen sink at Bolton towards the end and were rewarded in stoppage time with Paul Caddis’ goal - enough to condemn us to League One in the most agonising fashion possible.

I’m a firm believer that if we had not had lost Rob Jones for the majority of the season, we wouldn’t have been in that position.

Not many clubs can cope without their club captain on the pitch and he was striking up a good partnership with Bongani Khumalo - another whom we missed through injury.

I’d love to see how many other clubs suffered the same amount of injuries during the course of a season like Rovers just have. It can’t be many.

I’m not looking for excuses but when you have to keep switching your back four to make way for injured players, then that is bound to have an effect on how you perform throughout a season.

With League One beckoning, how do Rovers keep onto their key players now? I think a lot of clubs will go in for some of Doncaster’s contingent and they’ll be offering Championship wages that Rovers simply cannot afford now. It will be a shame to see the team lose players but I’m sure that Paul Dickov already has targets in mind for their impending League One onslaught.

I do think Dickov is the right man for the job and I believe he can drive Doncaster back to the Championship.

He’s had his critics, particularly following Saturday’s outcome, but he’s been up against it from the start and has showed promising signs that he can take the club in the right direction.

The best way for Rovers to overcome this is to bounce straight back up at the first time of asking. I certainly believe they can do that.