Doncaster Rovers: Stick with what works

Struggling: Keeper Gary Woods could miss Rovers' trip to Crewe.'                                                                   Picture: dean atkins
Struggling: Keeper Gary Woods could miss Rovers' trip to Crewe.' Picture: dean atkins

Brian Flynn is not about to throw the baby out with the bathwater in a bid to reinvigorate Rovers’ march to the Championship.

Flynn is fully prepared to stick with the same formation he has deployed in the last three games despite a somewhat flat performance in Tuesday’s defeat to Carlisle.

“The system will remain the same because the system has brought us success,” the Welshman said.

“It worked fine against Swindon and Tranmere and we were the width of the bar from being able to say it worked against Carlisle.

“We’ve changed it during games and we did that against Carlisle with both Billy Paynter and Iain Hume going on and playing in a front three.

“That allowed us to exert pressure on their defence in the late stages.

“It’s pleasing that we’ve got plenty of options to change things around but the system will remain the same.”

Flynn has started with Chris Brown as a lone striker in the last three games with James Coppinger, Kyle Bennett and David Cotterill operating in the space behind.

The Rovers boss has been left with a sudden injury crisis after Gary Woods and Andy Griffin this week joined those already on the sidelines.

Goalkeeper Woods suffered a back spasm in training yesterday while Griffin injured lower back muscles during the clash with Carlisle.

Flynn said: “We’re hoping with Gary it’s something that goes as quickly as it came because it came on all of a sudden.

“We’re definitely concerned about Gary. He was pretty stiff walking out of the training ground.

“Andy is having a scan but he’s likely to play.

“He won’t be 100 per cent but he’s an experience player and we’ll take his word if he says he can start.

“That goes for Gary as well.”