DONCASTER Rovers will be buoyed by Tuesday’s result at Carrow Road going into Saturday’s home game against Watford.
So says Rovers’ No 2 Richard O’Kelly reflecting on the 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Norwich City.
“We’ll certainly be in a better frame of mind than had we lost because we’ve stopped the little run of defeats and picked up a good point towards where we want to be and that is to get to 50 points as quickly as we can.” he said.
“Having played Norwich it has given us an idea of what to expect on Saturday.
“Watford play the game at 110 miles an hour and they are very enthusiastic - a bit like Norwich really, because they like to play on the front foot.
“They have had a fantastic season. They have used the loan market really well and they have made some very good signings.
They had Jordon Mutch, a player we had here last year, on loan for a long spell before he returned to Birmingham City and they’ve brought in the boy Drinkwater from Manchester United.
“We went down there earlier in the season and after being 1-0 up at half-time and looking very comfortable they came out in the second half and really blitzed us and it was another case that day of showing great spirit to come back in the last minute to score and force a 2-2 draw.
“Watford are one of the sides that wherever they do - even if just stay out of the relegation zone - they have over-achieved.
“What they have done down there is to engender a great spirit and have made great strides and their manager Malky Mackey is a very enthusiastic man and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.
The game is likely to see the home debuts of Rovers’ loan duo Jason Euell and Franck Moussa, both of whom impressed at Carrow Road.
Rovers’ keeper Neil Sullivan, for one, is not surprised how well Eeull has done.
“I’ve known Jason for years; we were at Wimbledon together,” he said.
“He was a top player then and he’s a top player now. Franck caused Norwich all sorts of problems on the night.
“They both worked hard and they both seem to have fitted into the team really well.
“Their movement is very good and Franck has got pace to burn and Jason has got a lot of experience having played at some top clubs and played with some top players, so you know what he’s about.”
Said Moussa: “It was very satisfying to go to a club like Norwich, who are pushing for promotion, with the situation the club finds itself in.
“It was good to show that we can get a result no matter what.
“It has been a bit of a challenge not training a lot with the team and playing straight away but I’m happy with how it is going so far.
“It was frustrating not playing as many games as I wanted at Leicester and I was itching to play.
“Luckily Doncaster needed players and they needed me to come up here for a month.
“I don’t know what to expect but I’m getting games at the moment and that is the main thing.
“We’ll see what happens at the end of the month,”