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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Doncaster not expecting Carlisle Utd 'to roll over and die'

Giant defender Rob Jones insists Carlisle will be no pushovers tonight as his Doncaster side bid to move to the brink of promotion.

The League One leaders are close to securing a return to the Championship ahead of their clash with the 17th-placed Blues.

Only a dramatic collapse from Brian Flynn’s side over the closing three weeks of the season would deny them promotion. But player-coach Jones, one of the key men behind Donny’s climb to the summit, does not expect Greg Abbott’s team to be easy opposition.

“At this stage it doesn’t really matter who we play,” said the 6ft 7in defender.

“Everybody’s got something to play for. No-one’s going to come to us and roll over and die.”

Jones is one half of a towering centre-half partnership with ex-Bristol City and Huddersfield man Jamie McCombe, who is 6ft 5in.

Their set-piece threat has earned Doncaster some vital recent wins, with Jones scoring the only goal in their victory over Tranmere on Saturday.

They are seven points clear of the play-off places with four games to go despite scoring fewer goals at home – 26 – than all the other teams in League One’s top half.

The presence of Doncaster’s tall defenders means a return for Sean O’Hanlon is likely at the back for Carlisle. But Abbott admitted that Peter Murphy had performed well in O’Hanlon’s absence at Oldham on Saturday. “We defended manfully and Peter was a big part of that,” Abbott said.


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