Rovers: Doncaster duo put Cup to one side

IN-FORM Doncaster Rovers strikers James Hayter and Billy Sharp have put their FA Cup ambitions on hold as they focus on today's Championship clash with Reading at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Both were on target in last week's 2-2 FA Cup third-round draw with Premier League visitors Wolves when they took their collective tally for the season to 20, and both are expected to pose Mick McCarthy's side with more problems in the replay on Tuesday.

But neither player will be thinking about that clash at Molineux until after the home showdown with Reading.

"There hasn't been any talk of the FA Cup (in training)," said Hayter, who has nine goals to his credit. "Everything this week has been geared towards the game against Reading and that's all we've concentrated on.

"The league is our bread and butter and it's very important to us. We've had a couple of decent results of late in the league.

"We were obviously disappointed having been 2-0 up, to draw against Sheffield United (at Bramall Lane) in our last league game but we are unbeaten in our last four league and cup games and we are looking try and carry the run on."

Having already lost to the Royals, Hayter says Rovers are out for revenge in the return.

"We were 3-1 up at Reading and we ended up losing 4-3 and that was disappointing. We'll be looking to try and put that right," he said,

"We were pleased how we played against Wolves and you always want to go into any game on the back of a good result because it always gives you more confidence.

"But there are no easy games in the Championship and, as shown by the results, anyone can beat anyone else.

"If you aren't on top of your game, and doing the things that you need to do, then you've a good chance of getting beat."

Record buy Sharp said: "We've got to keep believing that we can win games.We've got another tough game against Reading and if we can win that it will set us up nicely for the replay at Wolves."

Rovers haven't beaten the Royals at home since their remarkable 7-5 Division Three victory at Belle Vue back in the 1983-84 season.

Reading's leading scorer, Shane Long, was substituted after scoring the winner in last week's FA Cup win over West Bromwich Albion, following a slight knock, but has proved his fitness and is expected to start.

Defender Andy Griffin is available after missing the Baggies game.

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