Doncaster Rovers: Crewe are king-makers

Friends and foes: Rovers must face Crewe again but Alex could do them favours.
Friends and foes: Rovers must face Crewe again but Alex could do them favours.

Though they are firmly in the driving seat for the League One title, Rovers will be hoping for a friendly helping hand from across the Pennines.

Crewe Alexandra are officially the division’s ‘king-makers’ – with fixtures against five of the top six remaining.

Steve Davis’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists will meet every member of the top six club apart from Bournemouth before the end of the season.

That run includes their home game against Rovers on April 13 at Gresty Road.

Before that, Crewe bid to deal a blow to Brentford’s promotion hopes when they meet next Wednesday.

And then they could fend off the challenge of Swindon, Yeovil and Sheffield United in the space of a week.

As far as Rovers are concerned, they know four wins from their remaining five games will guarantee promotion to the Championship.

They could effectively end the automatic promotion hopes of seventh-placed Tranmere on Saturday when the two sides meet at the Keepmoat.

The League One title is back in Rovers’ hands after the win over Swindon Town on Monday was coupled with dropped points for Sheffield United and Bournemouth.

And controlling his own destiny is something boss Brian Flynn relishes.

“We are in control and we like being in control; I certainly do,” Flynn said.

“It’s a pleasure to be where we are. I’d rather be here than chasing, I’ve said that for a long time.

“We said when we hit the top we wanted to stay there and we have done.

“I don’t really care who is in second – I’m not bothered as long as we’re clear of them.

“That’s not being disrespectful – I just want us to be looking back at the other teams rather than looking forward.”

David Cotterill was this week named 14th in FourFourTwo magazine’s list of the top 50 players in the Football League.

Cotterill has netted ten goals so far this season and produced 19 assists, giving him direct involvement in half of Rovers’ league goals.

Neither the Welsh winger nor any other member of Rovers’ squad were in the top ten League One players list, as voted for by the division’s managers.