OPPOSITION BLOG: Performances don’t hint at Doncaster Rovers beating Chesterfield to win first home game of the season

Preston North End's Chris Humphrey celebrates scoring his side's first goal  as Doncaster Rovers' Kyle Bennett looks on.
Preston North End's Chris Humphrey celebrates scoring his side's first goal as Doncaster Rovers' Kyle Bennett looks on.
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Doncaster Rovers may have a stadium named Keepmoat, but it has hardly been the fortress that moniker suggests.

Rovers are without a league win at home since dispatching Sheffield Wednesday back in March and performances of late don’t hint at an end to that unenviable run against the high flying Spireites.

The past week has seen almost comical defending in a 3-0 loss at Bristol City and a listless 0-0 home draw against Crawley Town.

A crowd of 5197 ventured out on Tuesday night, the lowest league attendance at the Keepmoat since Rovers moved from Belle Vue back in 2007.

With defensive stalwart Rob Jones hamstrung, lively summer signing Curtis Main crocked up front and Harry Forrester’s well-groomed midfield skills absent after being sent off yet again, it all adds up to a pretty depressed mood among the red and white hooped faithful.

While many are beginning to look down the League One table rather than up to a Championship return, I’m a glass half full chap myself.

There’s optimism in knowing all runs, good or bad, come to an end and in those 10 minutes of a game when Rovers remember how to play, we’re very good.

Now if we can stretch those 10 minutes to an hour or so...

In person, Paul Dickov is intelligent with a sharp wit, yet the poor form has seen him slip into post match pressers full of trite managerisms.

If he’s to get his groove back, the players need to perform a livelier tune. We have the personnel to do it.

Club talisman James Coppinger is always dangerous down the wings and defender Luke McCullogh has grown from a youthful reserve to a fully fledged Northern Ireland international.

Richie Wellens, Dean Furman and Nathan Tyson all have the experience and nous to bring some match winning potential.

Any one of those players could provide a spark to light up the team, brighten the crowd and put a shine on a so far gloomy season.

They will need to do it on Saturday, Chesterfield are tough, always have been. If they don’t, Mr Dickov will almost certainly be hitting the loan market to find players who can.