Table-toppers are in safe hands with Woods, insists Rovers chief

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BRIAN FLYNN has handed his backing to under-fire Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods and says he has already put his two high-profile errors this week behind him.

Woods looked to have cost Rovers victory at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night after horrifically spilling an effort from Tom Eaves into the net in the last minute, only for Kyle Bennett to spare his blushes by netting a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 success.

That followed a mistake in the lead-up to Yeovil’s goal in a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

But Rovers chief Flynn insists Woods is still very much his No 1 and is not planning on adding to his goalkeeping department, despite only rookie Jonathan Maxted offering back-up to Woods with veteran Neil Sullivan on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

Flynn said: “Gary has been fine. He is a strong character and personality and is over it. I have no worries about Gary, he is having a really good season. I have been delighted with him.

“He knows he has made two mistakes now this week, but they have not cost us and we have got four points.

“The team have made amends for him, that is the important thing. When someone makes a mistakes, it is about someone making up for it.”

Rovers went top of the League One table for the first this term on Tuesday, with Flynn adamant their sticky patch is now over after their first win in six matches, which followed three successive draws on the back of consecutive defeats to Bury and Walsall.

Flynn added: “Our nervy period is now over and we now have not lost for four games and are on the right track again.

“We had our wobble with plenty of time to spare.

“We now need to enjoy being top, it is the best place to be.

“We also need to go into the next run of games relaxed and composed and that is the key to success.”

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore hopes to take Middlesbrough youngster Ben Gibson back to Prenton Park on loan next week.

The centre-back, 20, impressed during a spell on the Wirral earlier this season.