Tom Anderson on Doncaster Rovers' excellent defensive record and his partnership with Joe Wright

Tom Anderson insists there is nothing complicated behind Doncaster Rovers excellent defensive record this season.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 5:21 pm
Tom Anderson

Rovers have conceded the joint fewest number of goals in League One this season and have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven matches.

Talismanic defender Anderson says there is nothing revolutionary going on in training at Cantley Park through the week in order to ensure the back line is near impenetrable.

And he believes a focus on the simple things has been key to the excellent recent record.

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"We work a lot on it on the training pitch as a back four, just being good defenders," Anderson said.

"People might take it for granted but your heading, your clearances, your tackles, your reading of the game - you've got to be good at that.

"I feel like we have been."

A key element to the defensive solidity has been the rapidly developing partnership between Anderson and Joe Wright at centre half.

The pair have played the last seven matches alongside each other, having previously only done so on five other occasions since Anderson arrived at the club in January 2018.

That run has seen them concede only three goals.

Anderson says plenty of work has gone into the understanding between he and Wright.

But he says the recent success must also be credited to the entire side for the determination to deny opposition teams opportunities.

"We're two good lads and we work well together," Anderson said of he and Wright.

"We work hard on and off the training pitch.

"But it's not just us two, it's the whole back four, the midfield and the strikers.

"You've got to just make sure that you're working hard together, doing the hard work and then when we do get the chances, we've got to start taking them.

"If you keep a clean sheet you've only got to score one.

"Not every game is going to be a nice footballing game. We've got to make sure we keep the back door shut.”