Can Doncaster Rovers class themselves as underdogs in League One play-off semi-final? Lee Bowyer gives his verdict

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Lee Bowyer reckons Doncaster Rovers cannot tag themselves as underdogs in the League One play-offs – pointing out that Charlton were not amongst the pre-season promotion favourites.

The Addicks head to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday for the first leg of their semi-final.

Charlton finished third in the table with Doncaster just seeing off the challenge of Peterborough for the sixth and final slot.

Rovers manager Grant McCann has talked about how his side were written off this season and also that they will not be fancied to win the final promotion slot.

But asked if any team could be termed the underdog, Bowyer said: “No. I don’t think there is.

“Everybody has got to play home and away, it’s not like we just have to play them away. Then that would make them favourites because of home advantage.

“Both teams will have their fans behind them and it is who handles the moment. And decisions….decisions play a big part in the game.

“I don’t think there is an underdog. You could say we are coming into the play-offs with a bit of form. But Grant has done an amazing job. They weren’t tipped for the top six and we weren’t – so you could say we weren’t favourites to get there. No-one tipped us to be top six.”

PICTURE BY PAUL EDWARDS


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