'It's about the players taking responsibility' - Louis Jones on Doncaster Rovers looking to reignite their promotion push

Louis Jones insists the Doncaster Rovers players must take responsibility for reviving their flagging play-off hopes and ensure their efforts so far this season will not go to waste.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:14 pm

Rovers dropped out of the top six in League One following Saturday’s defeat at MK Dons, a result which ensured they have won just twice in their last 12 matches.

Goalkeeper Jones says he and his teammates must approach this week with fresh focus and get back to the levels of performance they delivered to mount the promotion push in the first place.

“It’s about the players taking responsibility on the pitch now,” Jones said.

Louis Jones shows his frustration after conceding against MK Dons. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

“We work all week and we have a system. There may be a lack of confidence but I don’t think it is that.

“Everyone knows they are a good player in this team, otherwise we wouldn’t be in the position that we are.

“We’re just going to work all week. All we can do is work to the best of our ability and hopefully it reaps dividends and not ruin what we have achieved so far this season.

“We spoke after the game and said at the start of the season it was coming naturally. The flow was there and everyone was on the same wavelength.

“We definitely need to work on the final third and create something. Their keeper didn’t really have a save to make.

“We’ll be working on that. We’ve got a bit of time again and that is going to be the key to pushing on now.

“It’s just about finding that again and the results will come back.”

Jones was excellent against MK Dons, producing a string of excellent saves to ensure that Rovers had a fighting chance despite a lack of threat in attack.

But he says he takes little pride in his own performance following a defeat.

“Everyone is trying to do their job to the best of their ability,” he said.

“At the end of the day it’s my job to make those saves.

“All the other lads have worked really hard. It’s a team game and we’re trying to learn as a team.

“It doesn’t matter as an individual. You want to do your own job but ultimately it’s the performance and the end result that counts.”


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