Hard-working Euell hopes for derby start

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loan striker Jason Euell is hoping that he did enough in Good Friday’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace to retain his place Doncaster Rovers’ starting line-up in today’s Championship derby against Barnsley at Oakwell,

Euell made his first start for Rovers in two months but anyone unaware of that fact before the game wouldn’t have guessed.

He played for the full game, on arguably the hottest day of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium and worked hard throughout in addition to getting several shots on goal.

“The heat and the fact that I’d not started for a long time did take it’s toll at times,” said 34-year-old Euell, who was helping Blackpool make a late dash for the Championship play-offs this time last year.

“You’ve go to put yourself about no matter what the conditions are like and if it meant me running my socks off for 70 minutes and then gaffer deciding to replace me, or me putting my hand up if I felt tired, then I was happy with that.

“I thought that we played really well. We always knew that we were going to be up against a hard-working, competitive Crystal Palace side but we knew what we had to do to try and combat that.

“Some chances fell to me and some fell to others but it was one of those days when we did everything but score.

“Obviously it is frustrating when you aren’t playing week in, week out and I said that to the club’s coaching staff recently that it was a disappointment not playing because, as much as I’ve been doing coming off the bench, I’d like to do more on the pitch.”

Looking ahead to the Barnsley game, where victory could secure the club’s Championship status, Euell said: “I’ve not seen much of Barnsley this season.

“My Blackpool team-mate Marlon Harewood is there on loan, so that’s the only reason I’ve kept an eye on their results.”