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Blair says confidence is still high

13 May 2019

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Matty Blair says the confidence within the camp is still high despite defeat in the first leg of the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

The Addicks scored twice in two minutes to take the lead in the tie, before Blair’s late goal gave Rovers a lifeline, with the right-back bundling the ball in at the back post, and he believes there is still a long way to go in the quest for a place at Wembley Stadium.

“That goal could help us a lot, I wouldn’t say it’s got us back into it because we felt we were in the tie anyway, we knew we’d have another 90 minutes still to play, but it certainly has helped us out,” he said.

“I’m happy to get the goal of course, it got the fans up for it again and created a great atmosphere in the last few minutes, I felt we could snatch a second late on, we have another game to put things right and score more goals.

“I think if we play like we did in the second half here and add to that with more energy, a little bit more quality that we know we have got within this squad, we can give them a really good game down there.”

Rovers now travel to the capital on Friday evening as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit at The Valley against the Addicks who finished third in the regular season, and Blair feels their experiences from the defeat could work to their advantage in the return leg.

“They’re a very good unit, a very good outfit across the pitch, they didn’t finish where they did in the league for no reason, we knew that coming into the game that they were good on the ball and their quality was good going forward,” he added.

“I think we managed them a lot more in the second half and we pushed them back as much as we possibly could, obviously we managed to score a goal to make it a decent tie next Friday now, we knew we had one game left at The Valley and we’ll give it a right good go.

“To get into the play-offs is one thing, but we’re not just here to make up the numbers, we are a very good squad and I think we can beat anyone on our day, we’ll go there now with that belief we can do something special."

Get behind the boys as they travel to Charlton Athletic on Friday May 17 - tickets are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office and can be purchased online any time until Thursday. Click here to get your tickets.

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