Doncaster Rovers pulled further away from the League Two relegation places, after a combination of a worthy draw, and games being postponed.
After the credible draw at Accrington Stanley, Rovers boss Grant McCann was quick to thank the travelling support. They had battled the elements as much as the players and saw a battling goalless draw.
This backed up a 3-1 win against Colchester United, and a good showing against playoff-chasing Peterborough United in the FA Cup, a game they lost 2-1.
Accrington’s Wham Stadium is open to the weather, and the wintry conditions meant that McCann recognised the support.
Talking to the club’s Official website, he said. “Credit to our fans – particularly the ones who stood behind the goal. They looked absolutely soaked at the end.”
He then addressed the ongoing injury crisis and acknowledged the current form. “It’s a credit to the group because they keep going and keep going. We’ve been on a really good run of wins, with some defeats along the way. Over the last 12 games, I think we’re in the top six of the form table and that’s a credit to the players.
“They’ve been limited in number but they keep going and keep going. It was our sixth game in two weeks.”
Skipper Richard Wood is out for multiple weeks, and Zain Westbrooke will undergo surgery for a thigh injury. This will mean at least two months out of action.
This is in addition to James Maxwell being sidelined, an operation needed on his knee, and George Miller likely to be out for the rest of the season because of his ongoing knee issues.
McCann is struggling to field a full squad and hopes this run of players visiting the treatment room is over. “We’re not having much luck this season. We’ve gone to Accrington missing about ten players through injury, and some big players as well.
“It’s been horrendous. The injuries have been shockingly bad and I’ve never seen anything like it.
“There’s probably five or six players that we won’t see again this season. We’re hoping Jon Taylor might get back maybe January or February because he’s feeling a lot better but the likes of Caolan Lavery, George Miller, maybe Zain – we’ll see how he recovers – we may not see.
“James Maxwell’s operation may only keep him out for three or weeks but we’ll see.”
Doncaster Rovers are slowly picking up points and will hope this continues over Christmas. A time of cheer and goodwill is needed as the injury list becomes more concerning each week.
McCann will need his full squad depth in the coming weeks, as they will be tested with games that include Notts County and Mansfield Town away from home.