Doncaster Rovers: Ex-White James Husband laps up Leeds win

James Husband can only watch on as Ross McCormack tussles with Sam Johnstone.
James Husband can only watch on as Ross McCormack tussles with Sam Johnstone.
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James Husband admitted that Doncaster’s derby day joy at Elland Road felt extra special.

The 20-year-old - who hails from Leeds and still lives in the city - was released by United as a teenager before joining Rovers’ youth set-up.

Judging by his post-match celebrations, Husband clearly enjoyed what was a precious win in Rovers’ battle to beat the drop.

He was reluctant to dredge up the past as he basked in the glory in Doncaster’s first win over their West Yorkshire rivals since the League One play-off final in 2008.

The left back chose a ‘no comment’ response when asked what the result meant in the context of his time at United as a kid.

But when pressed about his joyous celebrations upon the final whistle, he revealed a little more - although remained diplomatic.

Husband told The Star: “It’s well documented Leeds let me go when I was 16 - so it’s always nice to come back and get three points.

“I had a lot of family at the game.

“You’d have to ask them who they were supporting!

“I’m happy [with the result] but it wasn’t just for me, all the lads are happy with it,” he added.

“It was a great all-round team performance.”

Saturday’s victory maintained Rovers’ eight-point cushion above the drop zone and also saw them leap above Birmingham City - their opponents this weekend - and Blackpool in the table.

Husband hailed Doncaster’s first triumph in eight attempts against Leeds as ‘a massive win’ and paid tribute to his team’s excellent first half display.

“It was a massive win for us. It gives us a bit of breathing space,” he said.

“The first half was enjoyable to play in. I think we outdid them tactically and we just wanted it more.

“The second half was always going to be hard.

“You’re not at any old away ground, it was going to get loud and it was going to get tough, but I thought we defended fantastically.”

Husband was also keen to throw some praise in the direction of his ‘more experienced’ defensive teammates.

“Quinny has been fantastic in there. He’s a top pro who can play anywhere. And Abdou is Abdou. You know what you are going to get from him.

“I’m playing alongside lads who are older than me and their experience is good for me. I’m learning all the time.”