Doncaster Rovers: The powers of recovery

Victory dance: Goalscorers Billy Paynter and James Husband celebrate at Dean Court. Picture: Steve uttley
Victory dance: Goalscorers Billy Paynter and James Husband celebrate at Dean Court. Picture: Steve uttley

Doncaster Rovers’ powers of recovery do not just apply to superhero centre back Rob Jones.

Jones shrugged off the ankle injury he picked up at MK Dons to inspire another backs-to-the-wall win at Bournemouth on Saturday, despite his manager ruling him out of contention a day previously.

However, it was Rovers’ power to recover as a team which boss Brian Flynn was buzzing about in the build-up to tonight’s visit of Carlisle United.

Flynn’s top of the table side have conceded late equalisers at Stevenage, Shrewsbury and Bournemouth - only to end up nicking all three points at the death. Exactly the same happened at Tranmere Rovers in October.

Doncaster have also had an uncanny knack of following up a poor performance with a win.

Four of this season’s worst displays - at Yeovil, at home to Preston and Coventry, and last week’s 3-0 loss to MK Dons - have all been followed by important wins.

That ability to recover and not to dwell on defeat does not surprise Flynn.

“It shows the fitness levels are good and the desire is good,” said Rovers’ boss.

“To shrug off their equaliser and go up the end and score shows we have the ability to get over disappointments.Tommy Spurr popped up in the six-yard box for James Husband’s goal. That shows the desire of the players. It’s something that I encourage, I like players to get forward.

“It was an important win on Saturday,” he added.

“MK Dons was certainly our worst performance since I’ve been here, probably our poorest display of the season.

“But we have recovered from that and we need to make sure we don’t slip up tonight.

“There needs to be no switching off in this one. It can’t happen.

“Carlisle will come here and make life difficult, they won’t give us any time on the ball at all.

“We want to go on another run. When one run ends, can you go on another one?

“It sounds simple but that’s how it is.

“If we can go on a run lasting nine games from this point on it’s happy days.”

Former Sheffield United striker Danny Webber is in contention for a place on the bench tonight after agreeing non-contract terms with Rovers.

Following yesterday’s snow, a pitch inspection will be held at midday.