Doncaster Rovers foes homeless

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ROVERS will not travel to the Ricoh Arena as planned on Good Friday because scheduled hosts Coventry City have left the stadium.

The troubled club are in discussions with the Football League over a suitable venue to host their three remaining home fixtures, including Friday’s clash with Rovers.

In a complicated series of events, part of the Sky Blues’ ownership structure was placed into administration on Thursday with the remaining company moving all staff out of the Ricoh Arena after failed negotiations over a new rental plan.

A High Court hearing has been adjourned until tomorrow to decide whether the club as a whole will enter administration.

Rovers will be keen to take advantage of the turmoil at the Midlands club and cement their top billing in League One.

Saturday’s 3-2 win at local rivals Scunthorpe, coupled with postponements elsewhere, left Rovers five points clear at the summit.

And although the conclusion was much more nervy than he may have liked, boss Brian Flynn was pleased with the way his side responded to the disappointing 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

“We worked the ball much better today and that was pleasing,” Flynn said.

“I told the lads to take more care of it, to caress the ball and know it’s not the enemy.

“We made sure not to make unnecessary passes backwards and sideways and move the ball from front to back more quickly.

“Overall, I was pleased with the work ethic we showed.

“The important thing now is that we stay relaxed, just look forward to training and take each game as it comes.

“There’s only six weeks to go and we’re in a very good position.

“Performances like that on Saturday will get us there.

“I’m delighted the game went ahead because I don’t like games in hand.

“I much prefer points, without a doubt.”

Flynn rubbished rumours that James Harper will be going out on loan before Thursday’s deadline.

The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at the Keepmoat in recent weeks and has not been involved in matchday squads.

There had been speculation he was set to join Grimsby Town on loan but Flynn denied the former Reading man is set to move.

Flynn said: “It’s something that’s come from Twitter, like so many things nowadays.

“I’ve not spoken to James about it and I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere.”