York City 2 Doncaster 0: Jones refusing to throw towel in at Rovers

DONCASTER ROVERS interim-boss Rob Jones is refusing to concede his hopes of landing the full-time post despite a deflating 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at York City.

York City manager Russ Wilcox.

Goals early in each half from Vadaine Oliver gave Russ Wilcox’s Minstermen a morale-boosting first win in six games, while Jones’ bid to land the permanent Rovers job took a jolt - on a night when Lee Clark and Neil Redfearn watched developments from the main stand.

Jones admitted to being bitterly disappointed by the display, coming three days after such a positive derby victory over Barnsley.

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Jones, likely to be interviewed later this week for the post along with several other candidates, said: Jones: “A disappointing night is an understatement. I am struggling for words, to be honest.

“From the display at the weekend, I am very, very disappointed.

“It is a case of seeing everything I wanted on Saturday. And today, for whatever reason, they didn’t get to the level I expected of them and individuals and we got punished.

“The inconsistency is right the way through and tonight reflected that. It is bitterly disappointing after the bouyancy of the weekend to put in a performance like that.

“We made mistakes again; we keep going on about the same thing. We don’t concede good goals, but from our mistakes.”

But despite the blow, Jones is not throwing in the towel regarding his hopes of the full-time post.

He added:”There is no latest. I will continue to do the job until I am told otherwise.

“Am I resigned to losing it? Absolutely not.”

Jones’s sentiments contrasted with those of counterpart Wilcox, who enjoyed a cup fillip against one of his former clubs following on from August’s Capital One Cup victory over more White Rose opposition in Bradford City.

Wilcox added: “I’m very pleased to get a win and a clean sheet against a good Doncaster side who had nine players from the team that beat Barnsley at the weekend and we showed terrific composure on the ball at times as well.

“It was great to see Vadaine come back firing after his ban. They were two really good goals.”The first one was a great cross from Anthony Straker but Vadaine still had a lot of work to do to head it in.

“The second one he closed down well and got his rewards after lifting it over the keeper with composure and putting it into the net.

For full report see Wednesday’s The Yorkshire Post.

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