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Given the change at the club over the summer, it is perhaps understandable that Doncaster Rovers have made a somewhat slow start to the season.
Under Grant McCann, Rovers flirted with the top-six throughout the 2018/19 campaign–eventually narrowly beating Peterborough United to sixth place before subsequently losing to Charlton Athletic in the play-off semi-final.
The top-six finish was enough to earn McCann a step up to the Championship, as Hull City swooped for him as Nigel Adkins’ replacement.
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Doncaster’s play-off push was built on the back of John Marquis’ hot goalscoring form, with the 27-year-old scoring 26 times last season, but he too was pinched, this time by League One rivals Portsmouth.
Tommy Rowe, an influential player that regularly wore the captain’s armband, was yet another player to depart the club in the summer.
With that in mind, a slightly sluggish start to the season was to be expected under new manager Darren Moore.
The appointment of Moore, who had led West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and then took them close to the Championship play-offs, seemed like something of a coup and he has done an admirable job so far.
Rovers have suffered from a little bit of early inconsistency, blowing hot and cold, but have kept within reach of the top-six.
Moore’s side climbed to seventh in the table with two wins in four days last week. Last Saturday, they outclassed Bristol Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, finishing with 61% possession and 26 shots, and then they put seven past Southend United on Tuesday evening.
Their game against Tranmere Rovers, who have struggled this season, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on the weekend, meaning as things stand Doncaster have two games in hand over the majority of the sides above them.
That should be hugely pleasing for fans of the Yorkshire club, as it puts them in a strong position–in control of their own destiny and looking as if they’ve found their identity under Moore.
Wins in both those games in hand could see Doncaster climb as high as fourth and would surely cement them as true contenders for the play-offs amidst a congested field–with just eight points separating first from 10th in League One.
There must’ve been concern amongst the Keepmoat faithful in the summer as they watched their manager, top scorer, and a few other influential players leave the club but sitting on the edge of the top-six on a run of good form and with games in hand–there is a lot to feel positive about now.