O'Driscoll hopes his long trip will pay off

DONCASTER Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll is hoping that his dedication to duty is rewarded with a good result for his charges in tomorrow's Championship clash against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

O'Driscoll battled his way through the wintry weather last month to Suffolk to take in the Tractor Boys home game against Leicester City, who had beaten Rovers 5-1 at the Walkers Stadium, a few days earlier.

O'Driscoll felt that the game, which kicked off at 5.20pm, would probably have been postponed by for the fact that it was been televised live.

"Ipswich deserved to win on the day, and we know how good Leicester are," he said at the time.

O'Driscoll made the 350-mile round trip to spy on Roy Keane's side who were due to visit the Keepmoat Stadium on December 28, only for the game to be called off due to a frozen pitch.

Had the game gone ahead it would have been one of the former Manchester United star's last games in charge.

The club dispensed with his services, following a poor run of results earlier this month and appointed Paul Jewell.

Although Town, who Keane hoped would be serious promotion contenders this season, are currently too close to the relegation zone for comfort, O'Driscoll is not been lulled into a false sense of security.

"They are one of those teams who have been as high as third in this league and any team that has got to that level in the Championship has got potential and if they can realise then they can be one of the top teams in the division," he said.

O'Driscoll certainly feels that Ipswich have the fire-power to pose problems for any defence at this level.

"They've got Jason Scotland who is very technical and who did very well at Swansea," he said. "They've got young Connor Wickham who has got a bit of everything. He's strong and powerful and he's got a good touch. You can see why top clubs are looking at him."

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