Jack Ross looks set to ring the changes against Doncaster on Good Friday, but first he must assess his injury situation. He said: “Dylan McGeouch, we don't know. Reece James and Adam Matthews I would hope might be able to train by the middle of the week but obviously the game is Friday. Chris Maguire trained Thursday and Friday a little bit, so potentially if he can get through a week's training he might come back into contention. Lee Cattermole only joined training on Thursday, Aiden McGeady has not been training. Lynden will be touch and go. We're stretched, it's not a good time of the season to be stretched, but we are. I wouldn't know until the week unfolds as to who might be available."
Ross also spoke about Saturday’s defensive catastrophes against Coventry: "Saturday was a lot to with decision making. Two or three of the goals, we're on the ball. So that's something different to being cut open and is more frustrating because you're in control at that time. There's a lot for us to reflect upon from the last couple of weeks. We've worked hard to try and dig out results in this busy period, and we've had to use near enough every member of our squad in that time This four or five days [before Doncaster's visit] is a chance for us to reflect on what's best for what lies ahead for us at the weekend."
In other news, George Honeyman has given a rallying call to his team mates to bounce back against Donny. “The games are coming thick and fast and there’s no time to dwell on Saturday. We have got to be better in all aspects of the pitch. It is still very much in our hands. The defeat has made it tougher but there’s no time to dwell and now we’ve got to go head first into our next game. We never know when we are beaten because we kept coming back. That will stand us in good stead, but we can’t afford to put ourselves in that position again. We’ve had 41 league games and 53 in all competitions – we can’t mess it up now. This is the part where you want to be involved. As players this is what you work hard for to be fighting for something at this stage of the season. It’s for us to do, we’ve got a great set of lads and I’ve got every confidence we will bounce back. We have to look at ourselves, as a team and areas we weren’t good enough in. The one thing we take from it is that we never gave up, we never quit. We need to bottle how we are feeling now and ensure we go head first into our next five games and achieve our goal of promotion.”
Remaining League One fixtures
1 Luton Town 87pts. Accrington (a, April 20), Wimbledon (h, April 23), Burton (a, April 27), Oxford (h, May 4).
2 Barnsley 82pts. Shrewsbury (h, April 19), Plymouth (a, April 22), Blackpool (h, April 27), Bristol Rovers (a, May 4).
3 Sunderland 80pts. Doncaster (h, April 19), Peterborough (a, April 22), Portsmouth (h, April 27), Fleetwood (a, April 30), Southend (a, May 4).
4 Portsmouth 80pts. Burton (a, April 19), Coventry (h, April 22), Sunderland (a, April 27), Peterborough (h, April 30), Accrington (h, May 4).
5 Charlton Athletic 79pts. Oxford (a, April 19), Scunthorpe (h, April 22), Gillingham (a, April 27), Rochdale (h, May 4).