Boss wary of Wellens

Flashback: Richie Wellens and James Coppinger during the Walkers Stadium clash in December
Flashback: Richie Wellens and James Coppinger during the Walkers Stadium clash in December
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DONCASTER Rovers will be looking to put the record straight in Saturday’s last home game of the season against Leicester City, as well as trying to secure their Championship status.

Rovers crashed to their biggest away Championship defeat of the season (5-1) when the two teams met at the Walkers Stadium in December.

“We want to show them what we are capable of and show them the real Doncaster Rovers.” said Rovers No 2 Richard Kelly.

“On that particular day I would say that they were one of the best sides we’ve played this season.

“Richie Wellens ran the show in the second half.

“They got on top in the second half and when that happened Richie did what he does really well.

“I’ve watched a few Leicester games since that time and Richie has always been the fulcrum of their passing and movement.

“But he is just one of a number of good players at Leicester.

“They’ve brought in a number of people with Premier League experience.

“Their new owners obviously fancied being in the Premiership and from that point of view they’ve had a right go.

“I know people say that if you throw enough money at it will get you promoted, but it doesn’t work like that.

“There are certain things that you need to do week in, week out. Probably the better players help you achieve that but it doesn’t always guarantee you success.”

With Rovers needing one point from their last two games to be mathematically safe from relegation, and the Foxes needing to win to keep their outside play-off hopes alive, O’Kelly predicts another crowd-pleasing encounter,

“Our last three or four games have been very entertaining,” he said. “I would love to see another full house again.

“A lot of people took advantage of the board’s magnificent gesture to make thousands of tickets free for the Good Friday game against Crystal Palace and it created a great atmosphere.”

The game could mark on-loan striker Jason Euell’s last game at the stadium, though he may have done enough to win himself a contract offer for next season if, as expected, he becomes a free agent in the summer,

“Hopefully we can put the relegation issue to bed,” he said. “We had enough chances to have beaten Barnsley on Monday and we are disappointed considering how well we played.

“We’ve got to take the chances that come our way in our last two games and try and finish the season on a high with two wins.

“They’ll be up for it and we’ve got to make sure that we are.”