Doncaster Rovers: We won’t go for a draw

Paul Quinn is pushing for a return to the Rovers starting XI for the trip to Brentford
Paul Quinn is pushing for a return to the Rovers starting XI for the trip to Brentford

Brian Flynn has allayed fears that Rovers will head to Brentford tomorrow in search of a single point.

A draw would be enough for Rovers to beat the Bees to an automatic promotion spot.

But Flynn insists he is approaching the clash with the attitude of winner takes all.

And he believes Rovers will be classed as the game’s underdogs even though they currently sit second in the standings.

“We won’t be going down there looking to pinch a point even though that would be enough for us,” Flynn said.

“We’re going there to win.

“I think we’re the underdogs because we’re away from home.

“Also, their home form is the best in the league. But contrasting that, we have the best away form in the league.

“Something has got to give and I think it will.

“It’s a winner takes all match, I don’t think the draw will come into it.

“If we start brightly in the first 20 minutes I think we’ll be all right.

“When we get off to a good start I find that we control games better.

“If we can get a degree of control over the game then I think the frustration might spill into the home crowd.

“They know they’ve got to win. It might frustrate the crowd but it could get them excited as well.

“We’re not going to control a full 90 minutes but we need to control as much of it as we can.”

Though they suffered the disappointment of a missed opportunity last weekend with defeat to Notts County, Flynn insists the Rovers squad is not suffering any jitters.

And he believes they will head to Griffin Park full of confidence.

He said: “The players have got confidence wherever we go because they know we’ve got the best away form in the league. And we’ve conceded goals away from home and come back to win.

“Players don’t forget things like that and they feed off it.

“What happened last weekend was done and dusted with by 10 o’clock on Sunday morning. It was put to bed.

“It’s not jitters that meant we lost that game, I put it down to the standard of competition in the division.

“The lads have trained well all week and prepared well.

“There are no nerves for a game like this, only excitement and adrenaline, good things like that.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of winner takes all.”

Flynn has been boosted by the return to fitness of David Syers, Paul Quinn, Paul Keegan and Martin Woods.

He said: “We’ve had good news all week on injury. I’ve talked about players being a way off fitness but then seen how determined they have been to get fit.

“I put a challenge in to those four to be fit for the play-offs if we end up in them.

“Out of the blue David Syers tells me he’s ready and then Paul Quinn says he’s ready to give it a go. Martin Woods has trained all week and Keegan has pushed on again. They’ve really pushed themselves to be part of the squad.”

Out of the four, Keegan is the most likely to miss out on Saturday.

Andy Griffin is the only player unlikely to feature again this season, should Rovers be forced into the play-offs.