Doncaster still hopeful of clinching League Two title in crunch match against Hartlepool

Harry Hawthorne

Doncaster Rovers are still holding hope of winning the League Two title by beating Hartlepool on Saturday.

Following three defeats in a row, Rovers have slipped in to second place in the table after leading for most of the season.

If new leaders Plymouth Argyle were to lose their next game against Grimsby, Rovers would require three points to confirm themselves as champions.

A point could be enough for Doncaster if 3rd– placed Portsmouth were to lose or draw in their game against Cheltenham.

Plymouth sit on 86 points in first, Doncaster have 85 in second and Portsmouth have 84 in third.

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However, while Plymouth and Portsmouth face sides with nothing to play for, Doncaster’s opposition Hartlepool need a win to hold any hope of remaining in the Football League.

They currently sit on 43 points in the last relegation place, two points from safety.

Club President, Jeff Stelling, called for manager Dave Jones to be sacked and he was duly dismissed 48-hours later. Nine days later club Chairman Gary Coxall resigned from his post.

Hartlepool would require Newport to lose against Notts County as well as get three points in their game.

This could be the right time for Hartlepool to face Doncaster. Rovers have been largely imperious this season but following a poor run Hartlepool may hold hope of an upset.

Doncaster manager, Darren Ferguson, said this ahead of the game:

“We need to go ahead early and try and build pressure, I’m sure all three teams will be top at different stages so we have to be ready for that,”
“I want my players to do themselves justice and show how good a team we are, if they do that then we’ll get the right result and see where that takes us.
“My main message is to just finish the season with a win, if we end up with 88 points then that is a fantastic total – all we can do is put pressure on Plymouth.”


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