Doncaster Rovers: We’re more technically gifted now than in 2012/13, argues Jones

Rob Jones celebrates winning the League One title in 2013.
Rob Jones celebrates winning the League One title in 2013.

Rob Jones has argued that he has more technical ability in the dressing room now than when Doncaster Rovers won the League One title in 2013.

However, Rovers’ caretaker boss says he will leave the comparisons to other people.

Under Brian Flynn and Jones, Doncaster had a knack of winning games regardless of how they played. They got the job done.

How this Rovers team - looking for only their second league win of the season at home to Oldham Athletic tomorrow - could do with some stardust from the not-so-distant past.

Jones, however, is very much in the mindset of looking forward rather than back.

Asked by The Star if this current Rovers squad needs to learn how to win games again, a skill so evident in 2012/13, he said: “This team is completely different to the one two and half years ago.

“It has different characters and different abilities.

“I think everybody will always draw comparisons between what happened in 2013 and where we are now but it’s up to me to focus completely on what we’ve got now.

“Yes, I’m learning. Yes, they [the players] are learning as we go along.

“But, arguably, this is a better dressing room than what it was two years ago - technically and tactically.

“If they continue to give me what they’ve given me for the last five, six, seven days, we’ll be fine.

“But once they cross that white line, it’s up to them to produce.”

Jones, in a relaxed and jovial mood at yesterday’s press conference, has clearly been buoyed by the response of his players on the training ground following last weekend’s defeat at Walsall. He has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s game.