Doncaster Rovers: I’m a failure says Stephen Bywater

Stephen Bywater
Stephen Bywater

Stephen Bywater says he sees this season as one of failure after missing out on promotion with Rovers.

The experienced goalkeeper had the target of promotion firmly in his sights when he arrived at the Keepmoat in mid-January.

And he refused to pull any punches when summing up his time with Rovers and assessing his chances of earning a longer term deal with the club this summer.

“I came here wanting to get promotion with Doncaster and I failed,” Bywater said.

“That doesn’t bode well for me staying. If the gaffer wants me to stay then great, if he doesn’t he doesn’t.

“It’s up to the manager.”

The 33-year-old insists he would like to stay at Rovers next season because he is confident boss Paul Dickov will deliver success.

He said: “I’d like to stay because I do believe the gaffer will do well here next season.

“He’s going to have a good squad next year of hungry people with the young lads coming through.

“If I have the option, I’ll stay.

“I think this is a Championship club, everything is set up for it.”

Bywater will be between the sticks this afternoon as Rovers travel to struggling Notts County.

And he says he is surprised to see the Magpies struggling this season.

He said: “I don’t think they’re a bad team and I don’t think they should be down where they are because they’ve got some good quality.

“They’ll be scrapping for their lives so it should be a good game.”

Failure to win today could see Notts County relegated, if Crewe were to beat Coventry and Crawley get at least a draw against Peterborough.