Doncaster Rovers: Tractor Boys test can sow the seeds - Chaplow

Richard Chaplow
Richard Chaplow

Richard Chaplow hopes his reunion with the Tractor Boys can sow the seeds of Doncaster’s season.

Rovers host Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup on the back of poor displays against Southend and Port Vale - and still searching for their first goal from open play.

Their only win thus far came in the last round of this competition against Leeds United via a penalty shoot-out, a catalyst for Rovers’ best display yet at Wigan.

And Chaplow - who spent time on loan at Portman Road last season - hopes this evening’s second round tie can help get Doncaster’s campaign off the ground for good.

“I think once we get one or two on the scoresheet we’ll start flying,” he said.

“It’s just getting that first one.

“I do think there are goals in this team. Willo [Andy Williams] proved that for himself last season, scoring 22.

“Everyone’s wanting to get that first win on the board and score them first two or three goals and I’m sure that’ll set us off.”

Chaplow himself is keen to shoulder some of the goalscoring burden but admits he has yet to get into too many telling positions.

“So far I’ve played in there in a two or a three with Richie Wellens, and obviously Richie likes to get forward,” he said.

“So I’ve found myself not getting into the box as much as what I first anticipated but I’m sure as the games go on and we start to find our rhythm and start scoring goals that things will work themselves out and I’ll get a few more chances.

“I always back myself to put those chances away and I’ll be looking to do that as much as possible going forward.”

Ipswich are set to field a young team tonight but, regardless, Chaplow is only too aware of the tough task awaiting Rovers against the Championship’s pacesetters.

“Mick [McCarthy] will have them at it, no doubt about it,” he said.

“They’re a very competitive bunch. They all know their roles and their jobs on the pitch.

“I had a fantastic time down there,” he added.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Mick, the lads and his coaching staff. They were absolutely exceptional.”