Doncaster Rovers 2016/2017 season review

So what happened?

Doncaster Rovers season is out of their own hands as they failed to secure the League Two title on Saturday by losing to Exeter 3-1. They will definitely finish in the top three but Plymouth and Portsmouth will be pushing them all the way for the top spot.

Mid season they seemed a sure fire bet to be promoted to League One and take the title as well. Now both seem in doubt.

They need to win their next game against Hartlepool on Saturday and hope that other results go their way if they are to avoid losing the title.

What changed?

Manager Darren Ferguson is now in his second season in charge of the club having seen them relegated at the end of last year. In response he made a number of important changes

Rovers signed striker John Marquis from fellow League Two side Northampton Town last summer. The 24 year-old  has made a huge impact at the side scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances, twice as many as any other player in the squad. A feat which saw him named  Player of the Year both in the club and in the league.

Winger Tommy Rowe also joined the Rovers in the summer adding 13 goals of his own.

How did they do it?

Doncaster Rovers have had a rollercoaster of a season scoring only one point in their first three games before going on a number of winning runs including one that saw them win every game in January.

These winning streaks helped them to stride out from their competition during the middle of the season. Such success meant that Doncaster were able to celebrate their promotion nearly a month ago, weeks before other teams.

Promotion to League One will be the sixth time the team have been promoted from the fourth tier.

However, since then the team have not won any of their four games, coming away with only a point against, Wycombe, Colchester, Blackpool and Exeter.

Manager Darren Ferguson said; “Looking back at the season it’s been great for us, we have to learn from what has gone on but whatever happens we can be proud.”

Fans will be on the edge of their seats at Saturday’s game

So what happens next?

Saturday’s game against Hartlepool  is a must win for the Rovers who have to wait for results from Portsmouth and Plymouth to learn their fate.