IF Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders had hoped to be able to pick Iain Hume’s brain ahead of tonight’s League One clash against Preston North End at the Keepmoat Stadium, he will have been disappointed.
For the 28 year-old striker, who is on loan from the Lancashire club until January, admits: “I don’t have any inside knowledge about Preston; it’s a whole new team this year.
“I know a few of the lads through playing but I don’t know any of the new ones and it has been a case of the team watching video footage to try and get as much information on them as we can because I’ve no idea what is going to happen and I don’t know what team will turn up on the night.
“But what I do know is that they are going to be a physical side who are going to be well organised because that is the way that manager Graham Westley likes his teams to play.
“They’ve conceded a few goals this season which I know the manager won’t be happy about.”
Although Westley has made it clear that Hume, along with several other players who were also told not to report back for pre-season training,doesn’t feature in his plans, Hume refuses to get involved in a war of words.
“I still have two years left on my contract and I am going to honour that contract. But while I’m here at Doncaster I’m going to do as much as I can to help Rovers and if my loan spell is extended (beyond January) then happy days.
“I think it’s in the agreement to extend the initial period - although I haven’t read all the small print - if both parties see fit.
“I’m going to do as much as I can (while I’m here) and see where that takes me.
“I know that I’m not technically gifted, and I’ve not got the natural ability of players like David Cotterill. I’m also not the tallest of players, but I try and make myself as hard to play against as anybody else.
“I’ve made my career out of working hard and showing up with a few bits of ability. I try and make the best of what I’ve got. I think one of the differences between me and a lot of other people (in the game) is that I go out and enjoy every minute (of a game) win, lose or draw. Football is what I know and what I love.
“I’d like to think that me giving everything that I can is going to contribute to who ever I’m playing for, winning games.”
He helped Rovers claim a useful 2-0 win at Leyton Orient on Saturday when scoring the first goal.
“Any goal in a good goal and I’ll take anything,” he told The Star. “But I was happy to start with a decent finish like that on Saturday.”
He added: “Having got off the mark for the club I’m disappointed to be missing out tonight but I knew when I first came here that I wouldn’t be allowed to play tonight.
“But hopefully the confidence that the lads gained from winning on Saturday will stand us in good stead in tonight’s game.
“I think we’ve adopted the right tactics for League One. It’s not that we don’t try to play some football - at times on Saturday we did pass the ball and keep possession - but it’s not the type of league where you can just go out and play Barcelona-type football. That was the problem with Preston last year.
“We set off like a house on fire and tried to pass teams off the park but we got found out and we dropped down the league table.
“I’m sure that they will have learned their lesson. I’ve got the utmost respect for the Preston fans and the chairman, but I’m a Doncaster player right now and that’s why if we win tonight I’m going to be buzzing.”
Teams and ref
ROVERS (possible): G Woods, Quinn, Jones, McCombe, Spurr, Cotterill, Syers, Harper/M Woods, Bennett, Brown.
PRESTON (possible): Stuckmann, Keane, Huntington, Wright, Laird, Monakana, Mousino, Amoo/Sodje Beardsley, Byrom. Hayhurst..
David whitestone (Northampton): Has issued 30 yellow cards and two reds this season. He brandished seven cards (six yellow and a red) in the recent Barnet-Rotherham game.