Doncaster Rovers: Flynn salutes ‘pivotal win’

Level headed: Billy Paynter celebrates his equaliser for Rovers against Crewe.              Picture: Steve uttley
Level headed: Billy Paynter celebrates his equaliser for Rovers against Crewe. Picture: Steve uttley

AFTER Rovers made hard work of victory at Crewe, Brian Flynn was keen to send out a warning to his table-topping squad - don’t expect promotion to come the easy way.

Super sub Billy Paynter’s second half double saw Rovers come from behind to beat Crewe and remain on course for a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Flynn described the success as a “pivotal win” in the race for promotion.

But results elsewhere - with League One’s top five teams all winning - means Doncaster cannot risk taking their foot off the gas in their two remaining games against Notts County and promotion rivals Brentford.

“We can’t expect others to do us favours,” said Flynn.

“We’ve got to think they’re going to win all their games and we’ve got to do the same.

“We’re nearly there,” he added. “Not yet, but we’re nearly there.

“It wasn’t pretty on Saturday but the most important thing is to win. That was a pivotal win for us.”

Doncaster’s comeback victory at the Alexandra Stadium was the fifth time in all competitions this season that Rovers have come from behind to win.

“The squad as a whole believe they can win when they go behind,” said Flynn.

“Once again we’ve shown that.

“It was a bad goal to give away but the players believe they can win games from difficult situations.

“It was a crazy, silly game really,” he added.

“Our play was littered with mistakes, particularly in the second half.

“But there was a lot of desire and hard work out there to try and improve the situation, and it paid off for us.”

Flynn, meanwhile, paid tribute to two-goal hero Paynter who moved onto 13 for the season following his timely contribution.

“Every time Billy comes on he gets chances,” he said. “He took his goals very well.

“When you’re challenging for promotion you need players to come off the bench and make an impact.”

Defender Andy Griffin is likely to miss the final two games of the season after a scan revealed that the experienced full back has suffered a torn hamstring.