Doncaster Rovers: Positive Chaplow wants more of the same for Spireites clash

Richard Chaplow
Richard Chaplow

Richard Chaplow is quite simple with his demands of Doncaster Rovers for tonight’s trip to Chesterfield – more of the same.

Chaplow played a key role in Rovers’ eyebrow-raising yet deserved triumph over League One leaders Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

That result edged Rovers to six points from safety with four games to go, beginning with tonight’s visit to the Proact.

And Chaplow believes if Rovers perform at the same level they did against Wigan, they will continue their quest for the great escape.

“We went toe-to-toe with Wigan, the best team in the league and we won the day, deservedly so,” he told The Star.

“We’ve got to take a great inner strength from that into Tuesday night and believe we can do what we did on Saturday.

“We’ve been going into the last 14 games thinking we need three points and it’s no different.

“I think the way we’ve been in the last three games can give us a real positive feeling going in. If we do those right things again and make the right decisions, we’ll put ourselves in the position to win the game.

“Then it’s down to the individuals it falls to, and them keeping a calm head and showing a clarity of thought and hopefully hitting the back of the net.”

One of the major driving forces behind Rovers’ impressive win over Wigan was the performance of the midfield four with Luke McCullough in a holding role.

Chaplow lined up alongside Tommy Rowe and James Coppinger as the more attack minded of the midfield men. But each put in the hard yards defensively, closing down Wigan superbly from start to finish.

The 31-year-old believes having experienced heads in the middle of the park helped Rovers through.

He said: “It’s key when we get in front in games that we don’t get drawn into the fact results haven’t gone our way or that we need the three points so desperately.

“We need to keep doing what we’re doing, playing the ball, dominating the ball and not putting too much pressure on ourselves to get the result over the line.

“By having more experienced heads in there, more often than not you’ll see those decisions made correctly.

“Not being naive or pent up making wrong decisions because we’re so desperate for the points.

“Ultimately I think we did that against Wigan and it showed because we got a third goal so close to the end of the game which put the result out of sight.

“Hopefully that will pay dividends in the final games.”

Rovers fell behind against Wigan but Chaplow said he could not take another example of the same old story for his side.

“It happened again to us where we’ve dominated, they broke away and scored,” he said.

“I remember picking the ball out of the back of the net and thinking it’s not going to happen again, it can’t keep happening.

“You have to keep believing you’ll get the right result and ultimately it turned for us.”