YOUNG Doncaster Rovers’ defender James Husband would like nothing better than the chance to put the record straight in tonight’s Capital One Cup second round tie against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The teenage left-back was a regular during Rovers’ pre-season campaign and underlined his huge potential in most of the matches.
But he readily admits the 3-1 friendly win over the Tigers was not his best game.
He gave away a first half penalty, which the Championship side converted to lead 1-0 at the break, and struggled against Hull’s speedy forward Sone Aluko in the first half.
The second half was a different story, however, and Husband played his part as Rovers came from behind to score three second half goals without reply after Tigers boss Steve Bruce had rung the changes.
Husband forced his way into the first-team in the last three games of last season after playing most of his football in the youth team - where he helped the side lift the The Football Alliance Cup with a win over Exeter at St James’s Park - and was named man-of-the-match in two of them.
He played in the Capital One Cup first round tie against York City, which Rovers won 4-2 on penalties.
But since the arrival of centre-back Jamie McCombe - which has seen Tommy Spurr, who had played there for most of the warm-up campaign, switch back to his favoured left-back role, Husband has had to contend with a place on the bench in the club’s three League One games.
Handed a club-record 30-month contract whilst still playing with the youth team last season, Husband agreed a one-year extension late last week.
“We’d been talking about it for a while and I’m just happy that it is sorted,” said Husband, reputed to be interesting several top Premier Division clubs last season.
“It has gone better than I thought that it would do when I first signed,” he said.
“I’m involved in the team and I played a lot of pre-season games and I was happy with that.
“Obviously I’d like to be playing but I’m not disappointed not to be starting; it’s what I expected would be the case, really.
“But I’m there if there is an injury or the manager decides to rest a defender.”
Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Husband said: “They are a good side and they are a division above us so it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“I don’t know what priority they’ll be giving the competition but I’d expect them to come here and give it a go.
“I think the fact that we beat them will probably help us psychologically tonight but it was only a pre-season game whereas tonight will be a competitive match which is a different ball game.
“It will be difficult but we are all looking forward to it.”
Rovers go into the game having tasted defeat at home to Crawley in Saturday’s League One clash,
“We were disappointed to lose against Crawley and we’ll be looking to pick it up again this week,” said Husband. “It is especially important that we get back on track before we go to Yeovil on Saturday.
“The result might have surprised some people but they are a good side and they’ll do well in League One. They came with a plan and stopped us scoring - though we did have a few chances.
“We were hoping to come in the end 0-0 at the worse, but they scored a late winner with a deflected goal.”