Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers - Time to stop the slide

Reece James has implored his Doncaster Rovers team-mates to re-establish the mindset of being favourites as they seek to end a run that threatens to end their League One promotion aspirations.

Doncaster's Reece James chasing down the loose ball. Picture: Howard Roe
Determined: Doncaster's Reece James chasing down the loose ball. Picture: Howard Roe

Rovers head to relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers today down on ther luck after a run of six games without a win, five of them coming without even scoring a goal.

It has seen Andy Butler’s side drop out of the fringes of the automatic promotion race all the way down to 10th, three points adrift of the play-offs.

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They are strong at home – albeit they were leapfrogged in the play-off race by victorious Charlton Athletic on Friday – and need to adopt the same mentality on the road.

Left-back James said: “We’ve got to start believing when we go away from home that we’re favourites to win the game. That’s something we have to emphasise and make sure we do.

“It can be tough against a team that’s battling, like we saw on Friday against a team fighting to get into the play-offs, but this can be just as tough.

“We’ve got to now be pushing to get back in the play-offs, so it’s as big a game for us as it is for them.

“There’s enough belief here, we’ve just got to turn it into performances.

“We’ve got to to stay together. It’s a good group, a good squad, we’ve got to make sure that we believe that we still can make the play-offs. We’ve got games in hand on the play-offs and we’ve got to make sure we don’t let it slide now.”

Last six games: Bristol Rovers DLLLLL; Doncaster LDLDLL.

Referee: A Coggins (Oxfordshire).

Last time: Bristol Rovers 0 Doncaster 2; January 11, 2020; League One.

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