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Opposing View: Doncaster Rovers



Vital Doncaster Rovers Editor 'Dazza71' helps us preview Watford's trip to the Keepmoat on Tuesday night...

How has the season panned out in contrast to expectations?

I think the season is going as expected. We always knew it was going to be a fight against relegation.

Will Doncaster stay up?

Since the New Year, the home form has been very good and it has been frustrating that when Rovers have won, everyone else near the bottom seems to win as well.

They need to start picking up points away from home but there are some difficult games between now and the end of the season.

Rovers travel to Millwall for their penultimate away game of the season and that could prove crucial.

It is going to be tight and I can see a few more clubs being dragged into it, especially Blackpool who are in freefall.

I think 50 points will once again be a minimum to stay up and with the away form so poor that would mean winning the last six at home. Unless the away form improves then I don`t think we will avoid the drop.

Has the signing of Billy Sharp given Donny a boost?

His return to the club was a massive lift for the whole club and the fans. His silly sending off at Brighton was costly as he missed the relegation six-pointers against Barnsley and Yeovil Town and they picked up just one point.

He returned on Saturday and he scored so hopefully he can now go on a bit of a run of goals.

Seven of your eight wins this term have been at home - how strong are Doncaster at the Keepmoat & why?

It`s been very hard to work out this season. Last season I was never confident at the Keepmoat but we had the best away record in the Football League.

The system is the same both home and away but I suppose the standard of opposition has been the biggest difference.

Who will be your key man on Tuesday?

Billy Sharp - If Rovers are to stay up then they will be relying on his goals.

Any injuries or suspensions?

Ross Turnbull, Rob Jones, Jamie McCombe, Bongani Khumalo and Harry Forrester are all long-term absentees.

James Coppinger should return to the squad after missing the win at the weekend with his wife in labour.

Match prediction?

Watford has picked up recently but I can see Rovers winning 2-1.

Cheers Dazza!
The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 11 2014

Time: 12:26AM

 

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