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April 28, 2017
Ferguson "We don't want to limp across the line"
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson wants to make sure the club win this year's League Two title after a recent dip in results that has allowed Plymouth Argyle to close what was a large points gap to only two points going into the last couple of games.
Remarkably, Ferguson has never enjoyed the experience of winning a title, and does not want to let the chance go.
In an interview with the Doncaster Star, he said: "I don’t want to come and criticise the players too much because they’ve been great. But we don’t want to limp across the line. We want to win this league. I believe you never know when you’re going to get another chance to win a title."
"I’ve never won one. It’ll drive me mad if we don’t win it. We’ve been top since January 3. We don’t want to throw that away. I’m not saying we will. I’m still confident we’ll get this job done. But the level of performance has to be miles better than what we saw (against Wycombe) and the players know that.”
He added: "It’s about standards. Keep them. Don’t let it slip, don’t let the mentality slip. Their ability will only get them so far. It’s the character, the belief and the mentality which get you promotions which we’ve obviously got. They had some ability last year but they weren’t tough enough. We need to see this season right the way through."
April 28, 2017
Voting results v Wycombe Wanderers
There were nominations for five different players to be the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's away game at Wycombe Wanderers, and striker Alfie May was the clear winner, even though he only played the first 38 minutes of the game, during which time he scored the Rovers goal and caused the Wycombe defence no end of trouble.
The most votes went as follows:
1 Alfie May (54.55%)
2 Luke McCullough (18.18%)
Thank you for all your votes throughout the season. The next voting will open following Saturday's home game against Exeter City.
April 28, 2017
Copps admits players have 'switched off'
Rovers skipper James Coppinger knows that the players need to get their minds back on the job in hand, even though they haven't consciously 'switched off' after promotion was confirmed after beating Mansfield Town.
He commented: "It’s a different scenario to what I’ve had before, looking to win the league after winning promotion with four or five games to go. People mentally shut down and switch off without actually knowing it. Some of them will say they haven’t but results and performances show they have. With two games to go, it’s about us and us having a massive opportunity to win the league, which not many people get the opportunity to do. It’s in our own hands and we’ll be definitely fighting as hard as we can."
Were Rovers to be pipped to the title, he added: "There would be frustration for everyone concerned. But at the same time, we’ve gained promotion. You can’t forget that and get too focused on the title if it doesn’t happen. But at the same time we’ve still got two games to make it happen."
April 28, 2017
Amended travel information to Hartlepool United
Due to the change in the kick-off times of the final set of matches in the Football League, the departure times of the Supporters' Club coaches to the away game at Hartlepool United on Saturday, 6th May have been changed.
They will now leave Retford at 12.45
am, Bawtry 1.00pm, Harworth 12.50am, Rossington 1.00pm, Hare & Tortoise 1.05pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 1.15pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 1.30pm.
Fares for the trip are unchanged at:
Members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
Non-members: Adults £17 - Concessions £16
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) after 6pm, Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm or Steve Warnes (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
April 28, 2017
Villa after permanent move for Johnstone
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants to sign former Rovers loan keeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a permanent basis in the summer after being impressed by the 24 year old during his loan spell at Villa Park.
A transfer fee of around £3 million has been mentioned, even though Johnstone is yet to play a league game for Manchester United, with Everton, Bournemouth and Sunderland also reported to be monitoring the situation.
Bruce has been in touch with United's manager, Jose Mourinho to make sure they are not thwarted in their attempts to sign Johnstone, who was Bruce's first signing in the January transfer window.
He signed a new contract at Manchester United as recently as October and remains highly rated by United.
Bruce told the Daily Telegraph: "Everyone agrees that Sam needed to go and play football. The difference between him now and three months ago is there for all to see. He’s grown into the role. He’s now more comfortable in the role – and he’s got that from playing. We have given him that platform to play. If there’s an opportunity that we can get him to play more next season I would love to do it."
April 28, 2017
Now Rovers put the prices up
Doncaster Rovers have now revealed that the season ticket prices for next season (sorry, 'membership prices') will rise from May 2nd, coming only a few days after they had tried to entice lapsed season ticket holders back to the fold via email.
While the increases are not huge, it is still disappointing to see this early in the year.
The 'early bird' prices will remain until 23:59 on 30th April, and if anyone still wants to get in ahead of the price increase, the ticket office will be open until 5.30pm after Saturday's game. Alternatively, telephone their "friendly box office staff" on 01302 762576.
Prices from 2nd May are:
Category A: Adult £399 - Senior £309 - Aged 22-24 £284 - Aged 18-21 £199
Category B: Adult £359 - Senior £259 - Aged 22-24 £239 - Aged 18-21 £159
Category C: Adult £339 - Senior £249 - Aged 22-24 £219 - Aged 18-21 £149
Juniors 17 & under £30 in all areas.
Prices until 30th April are:
Category A: Adult £384 - Senior £284 - Aged 22-24 £264 - Aged 18-21 £189
Category B: Adult £324 - Senior £234 - Aged 22-24 £219 - Aged 18-21 £149
Category C: Adult £299 - Senior £219 - Aged 22-24 £199 - Aged 18-21 £139
Juniors 17 & under £30 in all areas.
There are some other pricing details on the images released by the club which we can't read as the images in the email aren't clear enough, but for further details we suggest you phone the club on the above number.