PAUL GOODWIN: Rovers relying on home comforts

Rovers' away woes continued at Bournemouth. Picture: Steve Uttley
Rovers' away woes continued at Bournemouth. Picture: Steve Uttley

It’s almost that time of year again; that time when the media just love to examine fixture run-ins.

We’ve resisted printing them till this point, in the hope Rovers would move clear of danger during a run of winnable games.

But a poor return of one point from a possible nine against Barnsley, Yeovil and Bournemouth has got everyone reaching for their fixture lists again.

Like many people predicted before a ball was kicked, Doncaster’s Championship fate now looks like going right down to the wire.

And if they are going to save themselves, they’ll more than likely do it in their own backyard.

Consistently inconsistent. That’s been the general theme of the season. The only consistency has come away from the Keepmoat, where Rovers have struggled to pick up points and where, like at Bournemouth on Saturday, they have been liable to self-implode from time to time.

A record of one win in 17 does not bode well for the six remaining road trips: Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Burnley, Ipswich, Millwall, Leicester.

So it is with a huge degree of relief that Rovers return to action on home soil over the coming week, with a monumental double-header against Huddersfield and Watford.

Lest we forget Paul Dickov’s men are unbeaten in five at home, and have conceded just two goals in the process.

It remains to be seen how much the Yeovil and Bournemouth defeats have sapped the side of confidence. And with the stakes increasing with every game, coping with the pressure will become more and more crucial to Doncaster’s survival bid.

Whichever way you look at the remaining fixtures, it’s plain to see that Rovers must continue to do the business at home. It’s hard to see where, away from home, the points are coming from.

Doncaster are in desperate need of some home comfort, and they need it now.

Verdicts: Huddersfield - draw. Watford - draw.