Corporal addresses press prior to homecoming against Latics.Interim head coach Rob Jones said he was hoping for a good reception when his Doncaster side return home after a couple of weeks on the road.
Rovers suffered successive defeats against the top two sides in the division – Gillingham and Walsall respectively – the former culminating in the dismissal of Paul Dickov as first team manager but Jones said he anticipates that the home fans will see the efforts of his side.
“These fans have been magnificent to me since I very first came and there’s no reason for them to change,” Jones said.
“Let’s hope that before, during and after the game they’re as loud as they were last weekend and the week before! It’s a great football club, a family football club where everyone matters and everyone plays their part so let’s hope that we get the result we all want at the weekend.
“We’re at home which is important and it’s important that the supporters continue to back us and get right behind my players because I can assure you that they’ll be doing everything they can to win the game and once our fans see that, and then they’ll react to that.
“The players are looking forward to coming here with me in charge, playing in front of our own supporters and showing our supporters what this club actually means to us.”
Rovers won on their last home league outing and have history on their side against an Oldham side that’s only ever league win in Doncaster came on their last visit.
“They’re a good side with good individuals and are good on the ball but it’s not about Oldham Athletic, it’s about Doncaster Rovers,” quipped Jones.
“I’m doing my very best for the football club and the very best for my teammates and my players and I’ll continue to do that until I’m told otherwise.
“While I’m doing what I’m doing I need to focus 100% on first team duties.
“This team is completely different to the one two and a half years ago – different characters, different abilities – and I think people will always draw comparisons but it’s important for me to focus on what we’ve got now.
“Arguably, this is a better dressing room than two years ago – technically anyway – and if they continue to give me what they have over the last five or six days then we’ll be fine but once they go over the white line then it’s up to them to produce.”
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