Doncaster Rovers: Concerns for skipper Jones

Picture by Gareth Williams/
Picture by Gareth Williams/

Paul Dickov was keen to look ahead to Friday’s match against Middlesbrough - but could be facing the trip to Teesside without skipper Rob Jones.

Fears were raised when the Rovers captain went down clutching his arm following a challenge in the area in the 4-1 defeat at Reading.

Reading vs Doncaster - Rob Jones lays prone after injury. Photo: Steve Uttley

Reading vs Doncaster - Rob Jones lays prone after injury. Photo: Steve Uttley

It was thought the Doncaster centre-back had suffered a suspected broken arm, however, the club have confirmed since that this is not the case.

The Jones injury saw Rovers reduced to ten men for the final stages of the game having made all of their substitutions and 2-1 down before they succumbed to two further strikes from Nigel Adkins’ Royals.

And Dickov had positive words to say about his battling team and ‘fancied’ his side to get back into the game when they were 2-1 down.

“Reading started very quickly, but once I had changed the system, we got back into the game,” the Scotsman said.

“When we were down to ten men, we tried to make positive substitutions to get the equaliser.

“We got the ball down well, we were passing it. There is a work ethic among the group and I keep saying to them that if you keep trying to do the right things but get beat, we’ll move on.

He went on: “We’re a little disappointed.

“When we win matches, we try to draw the line under it quickly, and we’ll be doing that with this game as well.”

Early pressure from Reading and Danny Guthrie’s opener was counteracted by an inspired substitution from Dickov who brought on Theo Robinson for Dean Furman just after the 20 minute mark.

That change reaped dividends as Robinson struck Rovers’ equaliser.

However, an Adam Le Fondre finish and late Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak strikes condemned Doncaster to their 18th defeat at Reading in 21 encounters in Berkshire.

Rovers will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Middlesbrough at the end of this week with the Reading defeat a blemish on an otherwise decent away record.

Dickov added: “We’ll keep going, we’ll keep believing. I believe we have a squad capable of competing in this division.”