Doncaster Rovers: Brian Flynn spots danger signs

Dead leg: Paul Keegan faces a fitness test for the MK Dons Keepmoat clash.   PICTURE: steve parkin
Dead leg: Paul Keegan faces a fitness test for the MK Dons Keepmoat clash. PICTURE: steve parkin

BRIAN Flynn admitted he has become concerned by several ‘worrying signs’ that have emerged in successive defeats for Rovers.

While he dismissed the defeat at Bury as a one-off, Flynn said similar problems led to the 2-1 loss to play-off chasing Walsall on Saturday.

And he has demanded his players address the issues quickly, starting at home to MK Dons tomorrow night, to prevent Rovers from sliding down the table.

Flynn said: “We kept things quite low-key in training during the week because I thought what happened at Bury was a one-off for us. Unfortunately it was not.

“I spotted some danger signals at Bury and they resurfaced again against Walsall. They have to be dealt with immediately. The most important word for us now is galvanise.

“That’s exactly what we have to do straight away so we can get back to doing what we’ve done for most of the season. Tuesday night is going to be a massive game for us.

“If I see those same signals after five minutes against MK Dons I’ll know we’ll be in for a tough game.”

Flynn declined to divulge exactly what he felt had gone wrong with his side during the two defeats.

An inquest into the defeat was held yesterday as the squad began preparations for the rearranged fixture with Karl Robinson’s side.

However, he admitted his concern that another goal was conceded from a set-piece when Andy Butler headed Walsall in front after just four minutes.

Flynn said: “You cannot give any team in this division any sort of start, especially from set-pieces.

“We should be able to deal with them better, especially because we have been doing that. It’s cost us again and that can’t go on.”

Flynn says the squad have shown they are capable of recovering from setbacks throughout the season but may need a little nudge to bounce back.

“A good dressing room will sort most of the problems out themselves and that’s what’s happened for most of the season,” he said.

“Dean (Saunders) and Brian (Carey) both said it was a stronger dressing room after defeat.

“I can help deal with problems and I might have to do that this time.”

Paul Keegan suffered a dead leg against Walsall and will be monitored ahead of tomorrow night.