League One: Darren Ferguson calls on Doncaster Rovers to crank up pressure on relegation rivals

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson.
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson.
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TODAY is not quite D-Day in League One, but there can be no doubting how high the stakes are for Doncaster Rovers.

Darren Ferguson’s men travel to Crewe Alexandra for the penultimate fixture of the season knowing their third-tier status is hanging by a thread.

Three points separate Rovers from fifth-bottom Fleetwood Town, but with the seaside club not in action until Monday at Walsall even defeat at Gresty Road cannot bring relegation for the South Yorkshire club.

“If we win, then I think it is an advantage (Fleetwood not playing until Monday),” he said. “But we have just got to do our job. We have got to put as much pressure as we can on the teams around us.

“Blackpool play before us against Wigan (at lunch-time). It is very tight and, hopefully, we will take it to the wire.”

The focus of Yorkshire’s other three League One clubs is on the top six. Bradford City will guarantee a play-off place with victory at Southend United, while Barnsley could do the same with all three points at home to Chesterfield if other results go their way.

Sheffield United need a big helping hand from others, but still retain hope.

Reds manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “Our destiny is in our own hands and that is great.

“The atmosphere is cranking up around the club, I think we can all feel that,” added City boss Phil Parkinson, whose side are four points ahead of the Reds.

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