Time is still on our side

Anything is possible: Adam Lockwood believes Rovers can retain their Championship status
Anything is possible: Adam Lockwood believes Rovers can retain their Championship status

DONCASTER Rovers stalwart Adam Lockwood is confident the relegation-threatened club still have enough time to get themselves out of trouble.

Centre-back Lockwood impressed as Dean Saunders’ battling side came from a goal down to snatch what could prove to be a precious point away at Crystal Palace in midweek.

But Rovers still slipped to bottom of the Championship despite that point after Portsmouth’s victory over Hull City, and now only have seven games in which to climb out of the drop-zone, at this stage trailing fourth-from-bottom Bristol City by four points.

“Mathematically we’re not relegated. I can only speak for myself, but I’ll be fighting all the way to help us stay up,” said Lockwood. “I’d like to think that’s the same for the rest of the lads. We showed plenty of spirit against Palace and we’re doing our utmost to stay in this division.

“We’ve had a lot of games in the last month and that’s not going to be any different now right up until the end of the season. They’re coming thick and fast.

“We had a lot of chances in the game and I thought we put in a decent performance, it was good to get a point but we were dejected because we felt we could have come away with a victory.

“As professionals we know when we’ve been the better team and we felt that against Palace, when you’ve been the better team you want to all come away with three points.”

Saunders stressed it would have been a “travesty” if his battling side had not any reward for their efforts against the Eagles, but the Welshman knows the club need wins quickly with time running out to avoid the drop.

“It’s just frustrating at the moment because we’re creating good chances against good teams - and we’re not killing them off,” said Saunders.

“We’re all trying like mad to stay in the league. We played really well [against Palace], but I’ve said that too many times this season. Unfortunately we haven’t got enough players to score ten goals in a season. We’ve got 32 points now, so we’re still in with a great chance [of avoiding relegation]. We just need to string three wins together - and quickly.”

Rovers youngsters sealed their place in the final of the FA Alliance Cup after beating Hull City 3-1 at Cantley Park last weekend. Jordan Ball’s double and a strike from Sam McMahon has set up a tie with the winners of the southern area semi-final between Millwall and Exeter.