John Buckley: Even four wins out of six might not be enough for Doncaster Rovers

Curtis Main rubbed salt into Rovers wounds
Curtis Main rubbed salt into Rovers wounds

For all my talk of a recovery and the great escape, it doesn’t look likely now.

Even Tuesday night, when Rovers weren’t playing, became yet another nail in the coffin.

I was absolutely certain on Tuesday that Curtis Main would score for Oldham, and there you have it, so it happened.

Still, at the time when the loan deal was agreed, I agreed with it and I’m sure most Rovers fans did. He wasn’t playing at all for us.

I know teams used to be in a position where they could recall players from loans under any circumstances they wanted, now apparently that isn’t the case anymore.

But Rovers need to win at Bury to stand any chance whatsoever of keeping this fight going.

You look at it now and even four wins from six isn’t necessarily good enough.

Four wins gives you a chance. But it doesn’t seem we have the confidence. Usually you’d say that team is good enough, but you’re only as good as your league position and if you’re down there you deserve it.

Saturday’s heartbreak at Rochdale was horrendous.

To go behind, show some fight, turn it around, go ahead, and make it until the 96th minute against a good side, only to then concede, was sickening.

We have some tough opponents in the final few games, but we couldn’t do it against the lesser sides, and we were better against a good Rochdale outfit. Maybe playing higher placed teams could provoke a reaction.

The potential drop to League Two brings about all kinds of worry. What are the attendances going to be like? How much will season tickets cost? Surely the board won’t accept anything other than automatic promotion.

I never thought this could happen a couple of years ago. It’s really sad.

Let’s just hope we can win a couple of games and keep ourselves in with a shout until the last day.

Bucky’s charity bet: £5 Bury 1 Rovers 2, £5 James Coppinger to score first