Doncaster Rovers v Plymouth Argyle: Ian Lawlor set for 50 not out

Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ian Lawlor: Hard work the key.  Picture: Chris Etchells
Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ian Lawlor: Hard work the key. Picture: Chris Etchells
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Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is hoping to celebrate a milestone day with another clean sheet.

The former Manchester City youngster has been instrumental in Rovers’ five-match unbeaten league run which has pushed them up to the League One table.

If selected today, for the visit of Plymouth Argyle to the Keepmoat Stadium, the 23-year-old has double reason to celebrate.

For it will be his 50th start in Rovers colours, but also a year to the day since arriving at Doncaster and signing a two-and-a-half year deal.

“The fact I’ve potentially made 50 starts for this club in a year has shocked me as I could never have expected to achieve that in a short space of time,” said former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Lawlor. “Consistency is always key for goalkeepers but as long as the team are doing well I don’t really think about plaudits too much. Personally, it’s a nice achievement but it’s just a start and I want to keep pushing on.

“My first year here has been the best of my career so far. With the promotion last season and playing in a team at the top of the league was really challenging but something I relished.”

The fact I’ve potentially made 50 starts for this club in a year has shocked me as I could never have expected to achieve that in a short space of time

Doncaster Rovers’ Ian Lawlor

Doncaster may have slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Rochdale, in the FA Cup last weekend, but their recent league form has been impressive.

Draws against Oldham Athletic and Peterborough, combined with wins against Bristol Rovers, Northampton and Rochdale – when Lawlor kept three successive clean sheets – have seen Rovers climb to 11th in League One.

“The main reason for the turn in league form is the amount of hard work we’ve been putting in,” added Lawlor.