Date: 27th September 2015 at 8:29am
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Doncaster Rovers caretaker-manager Rob Jones slammed the players after the defeat at Sheffield United and he admits the direction the side is going in is not a great one.

Doncaster went down to a 3-1 defeat at Bramall Lane after having to play for over 50-minutes with just ten men after Gary Mackenzie was shown a straight red card.

Jones, who has shown the fans he is a no-nonsense player since his arrival at the club in 2012, isn`t shirking his responsibilities whilst he is in charge, as the club look for a new manager.

Following the defeat, Jones kept the players in the dressing room for 45-minutes and he states, he is not accepting the performance put in by certain individuals.

‘You can hide behind the fact we went down to ten men after such an early time in the game but when you make so many basic errors, make so many wrong decisions, especially in a game like in a hot atmosphere, big pitch and a local derby, it magnifies,’ Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“There are a lot of questions been asked about them as a group and individuals and I am not accepting it.

“I knew it was going to be difficult when I took over the reins three weeks ago but when you are constantly having to say the things over and over again and those things are sinking in with certain individuals, then you know you have a problem.

“This is something I knew was going to be difficult and I am not going to shirk away from it, it has been tough.

“Since the first day I took over I was going to make it my aim to turn it around and move in the right direction because at the moment the direction we are going in is not a great one.”


Doncaster were undone twice in the first half down the right with Chris Basham and then Connor Sammon both gratefully accepting their chances, as the defenders stood static in the middle.

Basham smashed home the opener as he got ahead of his man in the middle.

Cameron Stewart had scored his first goal for Doncaster with a free-kick to put Doncaster on level terms after Basham`s opener.

Sammon was then given too much space to tap home from close range and just two minutes later, Doncaster were reduced to ten-men when Mackenzie was shown a straight red card for a high boot.

Former Doncaster striker Billy Sharp scored the third with just eleven minutes remaining as he took advantage of a poor back pass from James Coppinger.

Jones has stated that he wants the job on a permanent basis and with the date now closed for applicants, Jones might have one last chance to prove his worth when Doncaster welcome Swindon Town to the Keepmoat on Tuesday night.


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