Doncaster Rovers: Tommy Rowe demands more aggression

Tommy Rowe
Tommy Rowe

Tommy Rowe has called on Doncaster Rovers to be more aggressive in their play as they look to continue their strong run in League Two.

Rovers sit second in the table having won five of their last seven league games.

And Rowe says they can improve by bringing more aggression, both on and off the ball.

“I think the most important thing we need to work on is aggression,” he said.

“We need to be more aggressive getting the ball back, being more aggressive with the ball.

“And be more confident playing through the lines.

“There’s times when you can put your foot on the ball and play it backwards, which we need to do.

“And there’s times when you need to play through, play sharp and forward.

“We keep the ball really well at times but we need to be sharper going forward.

“The final third can let us down sometimes.”

Rovers were disappointing in their win over Colchester United last weekend, as the visitors succeeded stifled their play.

But Rowe’s goal on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference between the sides.

The midfielder feels the resilience Rovers showed was laudable on a day when the game was not going their way.

He said: “I think we need to take a lot of credit for the resilience of the team.

“The back four and the two banks of four. [Keeper] Marko Marosi had one excellent save to make but other than that they didn’t have too many clear cut chances.”

Rowe netted his fourth goal of the season last weekend and admits he has found chances hard to come by this term.

He said: “The opportunities haven’t been there for me personally.

“That goal was something we’d worked on in training so that’s a positive.

“We knew they could switch off a bit at the back and they did that so I was ready in there.”

Rowe is fit for Saturday’s trip to Blackpool after recovering from a calf strain.