0’Kelly predicts better spectacle at Forest

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DONCASTER Rovers’ No 2 Richard O’Kelly admits that the first half of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Coventry City was not exactly value for money.

A number of fans gave vent to their feelings and O’Kelly sympathised with them.

“I must admit that if I had had to pay to watch it I would have gone home,” he said.

“But I felt that it was a lot better game in the second half. Sometimes people say that the supporters lift the team but on Tuesday I felt that the team lifted the supporters and they joined in with it. It was like a roller-coaster in the second half.”

O’Kelly feels that tomorrow’s encounter between Rovers and Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, where Rovers have picked up two wins and a draw in their last four visits, will be an altogether different game. It’s always a good game when we play them there,” he said,

Despite three successive draws, Forest were looking a good bet for automatic promotion this time last week.

But they have suffered two back-to-back defeats - losing for the first time in 34 games at home against Hull on Saturday and then providing Sheffield United boss Mickey Adams with his first win in charge at Bramall Lane on Tuesday. O’Kelly is not reading too much into either result.

“Forest are resilient because Billy Davies is that sort of manager,” he said. “So it will be a tough game. They’ve got a tremendous fan base and they can steam-roller teams at home. They’ve also got some very good players.

“Lewis McGugan will be a threat. He’s got great vision and a tremendous shot. They’ve rotated their strikers this season but Robert Earnshaw and Marcus Tudgay would make a very good partnership because they are both intelligent footballers.

“At one stage Tudgay looked like he was going to the Premiership. Earnshaw is the master at popping up behind defenders and nicking a goal.”

Forest, who recently brought in striker Kris Boyd, hope to boosted by the return of pacy Nathan Tyson after five games out with an ankle injury.