Doncaster Rovers Analysis and Opinion

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann has challenged his players to be top of the League One table by the end of the week.

Rovers have won four on the bounce and head to Accrington tonight, sitting pretty in 3rd.

McCann on top spot challenge 

Rovers have made their best start to a league season for 37 years, but McCann isn’t prepared to let his side rest on their laurels.

I didn’t ask the Rovers boss if he was a fan of S Club 7, so it’s unclear whether they inspired the message he’s given to his players.

Reach up for the stars.

He said:

“A lot of managers shy away from it (making targets), but that’s not me. I like to say what I feel.” 
“If we don’t get there we don’t get there. But I want the players to know that where we are is good, but we can always get better.” 
“We always have to aim for the stars because if we don’t quite get there we’ll have had a decent season anyway.” 
“We want to keep improving and aiming to be the best.”

McCann on injuries 

Grant McCann confirmed that Rovers have a couple of injury concerns heading into tonight’s clash at the Crown Ground.

McCann wouldn’t reveal who the players are but confirmed they trained today and have a chance of being involved.

He said:

“We have one or two (injury concerns), but we’ll see. They did train today we’ll see how they react from that.” 

McCann also had positive news on Tommy Rowe, who could be training with the squad again next week.

The club’s captain was initially ruled out for 10 weeks, but McCann is optimistic he could be back sooner.

He said:

“Tommy Rowe is getting better, he’s getting fitter, he’s been sprinting today and he could be back with the group within a week.”
“It’s been a remarkable turnaround but we’ve got to be careful with him.”
“I’ve been really impressed with the speed he’s come through, I’m delighted with the progress our physio has made with him.” 

McCann on Accrington 

Like Rovers, Accrington Stanley have made an impressive start to their League One campaign and will be stern opposition tonight.

Stanley are arguably the smallest club in the division, but won League Two at a canter last season.

The Rovers boss has not been surprised by their strong start.

He said:

“Accrington are a good team who are used to winning, John Coleman is a good manager and will make it a tough game for us on Tuesday.”
“It is not surprising to see Accrington with their form, they could go on to finish in the play-offs. But we have some real momentum, too.”