DONCASTER ROVERS: Keeper Gary homes in on 6-point target

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HAVING seen off Bradford Park Avenue in their FA Cup first round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, Doncaster Rovers turn their attention back to League One tonight when entertaining Crewe.

“I know that are on a roll after picking up nine points from our last three league games and that some people would probably have preffered to have been playing another league game on Saturday but I was happy for us to be playing Bradfford because we were without a couple of key players who will hopefully be back tonight,” said the 22 year-old keeper Gary Woods.

“We’ve picked up some good away points against teams who are up there around us and now we’ve got to start picking up more home points.

“It has been hard at times against teams who have played two banks of four and just sat back and been happy to get a draw against us which makes it a different sort of task to break teams down.

“We didn’t expect teams to come and shut up shop as much as they have done and we’ve found it hard to break them down at times because there have been too many bodies in midfield and we’ve ended up having to get the ball wide.

“Crewe have traditionally been a good footballing team over recent years but I’m not too sure how they are going to try and play tonight to be honest.

“Teams who we thought would come here and play haven’t, and probably the only League One side who have come here and tried to play were Brentford.

“So I’m not too sure what to expect from Crewe but hopefully whatever they do come up with we can counter it and pick up three points on the night.

“We’ve got Bournemouth at home on Saturday and it would be nice to pick up six points from the two games because it would keep us right up there.

“Obviously to be in with a chance of promotion you need to be winning your home games on a regular basis and picking up points away from home any time you can.

“The way that we’ve been playing away from home so far is definetely promotion form and if we can replicate that at home then we won’t be far off.”

Rovers go into tonight’s game standing fifth in the table, just four points behind leaders Tranmere with a game in hand.

“I’m not sure if we are ahead of schedule or not because we’ve not set ourselves a particular points target at this moment in time,” said Woods.

“What you can say is that we’ve got a lot of new players in the team and they’ve had to adapt to a new way of playing and results have shown that they have settled in quickly and done well.”

Rovers will be crossing swords again with Crewe, this time at Gresty Road, early next month in the Northern Section quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“I don’t think the result of tonight’s game will have a great influence on the JP Trophy game,” said Woods. “One reason being the fact that with it being a JP Trophy game both managers might decide to rest players so it could be a completely different game to tonight at their place.”

Reflecting on the season so far, Woods said: “As a team things are going really well. On a personal note we’ve kept five clean sheets which I’m pleased about.

“Obviously as a keeper you would like to keep a clean sheet in every game but that’s not going to happen. We’ve conceded a few goals from set-pieces, and we probably need to do a bit more work on that, but we’ve not conceded many from open play.

“Speaking as a keeper it can be harder defending a set-piece because the ball comes into the box at pace and if someone gets on the end of it from six or seven yards out “

Teams and ref

ROVERS (possible):G Woods, Quinn, Jones, Martis, Spurr, Syers/Cotterill, Keegan, M Woods, Husband/Bennett, Hume, Paynter/Brown. (4-4-2).

CREWE (possible): Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Toole, West, Osmon, Murphy, Moore, Aneke, Pogba (4-4-1-1).

SCOTT DUNCAN (Northumberland): Has issued 25 yellow cards and one red in 12 matches. In his first season on the Football League list.