PAUL GOODWIN: Now’s the time for Rovers to cure their travel sickness

Paul Dickov celebrates his side's victory at Sheffield Wednesday - Rovers' only away win this season.
Paul Dickov celebrates his side's victory at Sheffield Wednesday - Rovers' only away win this season.

Rovers need a cure for their travel sickness - and there’s really no better time than the present.

It feels like an age since Paul Dickov (pictured) was punching the air in delight at Hillsborough.

That hard fought 1-0 win against the Owls remains Rovers’ only triumph on the road this season, and their away record since that September afternoon (P11 W0 D3 L8 F5 A22 Pts3) makes grim reading.

Doncaster, no thanks to Nick Proschwitz’s late equaliser last Saturday, continue to teeter on the brink of Championship security.

Six points clear of the drop zone, they’re far from safe - although their situation compares favourably with that of Yeovil, Barnsley and Charlton. There’s not a feeling of desperation about Rovers’ plight. Quite the opposite in fact.

Recent form, and the impact of the new faces and injury returnees, mean Rovers are heading into the run-in in a really positive frame of mind.

However, to reach that magic 50-point mark, Dickov’s men simply must improve their points ratio away from home, or the pressure will really to start to mount at the Keepmoat.

And these next two games - against bottom side Yeovil and a Bournemouth team that could yet be the one that falls into danger - might represent their best remaining chances to pick up maximum points on the road.

Waiting in the wings are trips to Nottingham Forest, Burnley, Leeds, Ipswich, Millwall and Leicester. You get my drift.

If anything has highlighted the huge step up in class from League One to the Championship, it’s Doncaster’s poor away record; the third worst in the division, behind Millwall and Barnsley.

Remember last season? Rovers were almost invincible on their travels. They were able to absorb pressure for fun and hit teams on the break.

This term, in stark contrast, Dickov’s men have struggled for goals (nine) and clean sheets (three).

Interestingly, Dickov has plainly refused to set up his team like Brian Flynn and Dean Saunders. Bodies behind the ball has not really been an option.

But where there’s a will, and there’s been plenty of spirit shown in recent weeks, there has to be a way of reversing Rovers’ away woes. Huish Park would be the perfect place to start.