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Doncaster Rovers League Two Promotion Odds: Grant McCann's side 10/11 to win play-offs

From loitering perilously above the relegation zone to emerging as a serious play-off contender, the form of Doncaster Rovers over the last three months has been nothing short of sensational.

Grant McCann's side were 22nd and 500/1 to win promotion following a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Sutton United on 3rd February.

Advance 14 weeks and Doncaster had won 13 of their last 17 matches and accumulated 42 points from a possible 51 to climb up to 5th in League Two.

Defeating Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Gresty Road in their play-off semi-final first leg, Rovers are on the brink of a Wembley appearance and have shortened into 10/11 to win promotion.

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A 4-1 victory over Colchester United in the penultimate match of the regular season was Doncaster's 10th consecutive league win; the club's longest winning streak since 1947.

It's not a run to be sniffed at either, having defeated the likes of Wrexham and Crewe Alexandra in that stretch, along with emphatic wins over play-off rivals Crawley, Morecambe, Walsall and Barrow.

McCann has been able to unearth a consistency to his team selection and that would not have been possible were it not for Doncaster's shrewd recruitment in the winter window.

Pivotal in the club's surge up the standings has been the capture of Hakeeb Adelakun, with the on-loan winger contributing nine goals and seven assists since his arrival from Lincoln in January.

Acquiring any young goalkeeper is a gamble but Hull City's Thimothee Lo-Tutala has flourished since moving to the Keepmoat Stadium, keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just 14 goals in 17 matches.

Another January addition saw Doncaster sign Matthew Craig on loan from Tottenham and the 20-year-old has slotted seamlessly into Rovers' midfield. Forging a fruitful partnership with Owen Bailey, Craig's tireless energy and spatial awareness have provided McCann's outfit with an invaluable defensive layer.

No matter how resilient a side is - and the centre-back pairing of veteran Richard Wood and the pacey Joseph Olowu have complimented each other superbly - every team needs a 20-goal-a-season striker and fortunately for Doncaster, they have that in Joe Ironside.

The former Cambridge United forward netted his 23rd of the campaign in the win over Colchester and Ironside will be a key figure in Doncaster's charge in the play-offs.

The mere thought of finishing in the top seven would have been dismissed as laughable following a concerning 5-1 home defeat to Stockport County at the end of January. The fact that promotion is now an achievable reality is credit to McCann and his coaching staff for sticking to their principles.

No other side in League Two has amassed more points in 2024 than Doncaster and McCann knows all too well of their standing since the start of February.

Following the last-gasp stalemate with Sutton, McCann devised an 18-match league table which would take them to the end of the campaign and challenged his side to come out on top. The players bought into the idea and it's been telling in their results.

They rallied from two goals down to beat fellow play-off contenders Barrow in a crucial showdown and were at their clinical best with an emphatic victory over Colchester.

Rovers may have relinquished a two-goal lead to draw against Gillingham on the final day but by that stage, their play-off status was secured and attentions turned to a meeting with Crewe.

Into the cauldron that is the play-offs, Doncaster demonstrated why have they been one of the most impressive sides in League Two, sauntering to a two-goal cushion over a confidence-sapped Crewe.

Another win against the Railwaymen on Friday will secure their place in the play-off final at Wembley, and neither MK Dons or Crawley Town will be encouraged by Doncaster's marvellous form.

Doncaster Rovers winning run

  • 2-0 v Crewe Alexandra
  • 1-2 v Swindon Town
  • 2-0 v Forest Green
  • 0-2 v Crawley Town
  • 1-0 v Wrexham
  • 0-3 v Morecambe
  • 2-1 v Walsall
  • 4-0 v Accrington Stanley
  • 4-2 v Barrow
  • 1-4 v Colchester

Doncaster Rovers play-off semi-finals

  • Crewe 0-2 Doncaster, Monday 6th May
  • Doncaster v Crewe, Friday 10th May (20:00)

League Two play-off final date

The League Two play-off final is scheduled to kick-off at 13:00 BST on Sunday 19th May at Wembley Stadium.

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