Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones’ ‘positive’ system getting best from me insists Chaplow

Richard Chaplow celebrates his winner against Barnsley
Richard Chaplow celebrates his winner against Barnsley

Richard Chaplow believes the ‘positive’ system deployed by interim Doncaster Rovers manager Rob Jones is bringing the best out in him.

Chaplow netted his first goal since his summer switch to Rovers to hand them a 2-1 win over Barnsley.

Jones has opted for either a diamond midfield or a 4-3-3 system in recent matches.

And Chaplow expects to contribute more goals if the formations are persisted with.

“I came to the club looking to contribute in that area,” the 30-year-old said.

“I’m just happier that in the last couple of games I’ve been able to get in the box more with the formation we’ve been playing.

“And luckily for me it just fits nicely.

“For me personally, I think it suits me a lot more.

“I’m used to playing more on the left side of a diamond or a left side of a three from my days at Southampton.

“Maybe a little bit at the start of the season I found myself in a sitting position which didn’t really suit my style of what I like to bring to the team.

“Obviously I was happy to do it if asked but in the last two games I’ve been able to get in the box a bit more.

“There’s a lot more to come from me.

“The more we play the formation, the more we get the positive results, I’m sure you’ll see better performances throughout the team – including myself.”

Rovers head to York City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight and are without a game this weekend after their scheduled trip to Millwall was postponed due to the Lions’ international call ups.

Following the win over Barnsley, Chaplow confessed he would rather be looking to continue to build momentum from the weekend sooner than Saturday week against Bradford City.

He said: “We’ll be going to York looking to win.

“But I suppose coming off the back of two decent performances and four points out of six, it would be nice to carry that over to Saturday.

The way it is with football, there’s always something that catches you out.

“We’ll prepare for Tuesday night and see where it takes us.”