Doncaster Rovers: Confidence brimming for Wigan trip - Husband

James Husband
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Rovers travel to Wigan Athletic tonight fully believing they can upset the FA Cup holders in their own back yard, according to James Husband.

The trip to the DW Stadium (7.45pm) to face the newly-relegated Latics looked like one of the hardest on paper at the start of the season.

But following Friday night’s impressive 2-0 success over Blackburn Rovers - and the following day’s defeat for Wigan at Championship new boys Bournemouth - Husband says he and his teammates make the trip over the Pennines in confident mood.

“We can take a lot of confidence from Friday night,” said Husband.

“Even the Blackpool game, we could a lot of good points out of that too. We believe that we didn’t deserve to lose that one 3-1.

“So that’s two good performances at home in the league and hopefully we can continue that at Wigan.

“I’ve said it to a few people already that there won’t be an easy game in this league. But we can take a lot of confidence into tonight and hopefully come back with some points.”

Husband, whose second half goal sealed victory against Blackburn, was voted man of the match by sponsors, keeping Chris Taylor in check to outshine former teammate Tommy Spurr on his return to the Keepmoat.

And the 19-year-old says he is determined to repay the faith shown in him by boss Paul Dickov, following Spurr’s surprise exit.

“I’ve enjoyed it so far and I think I’ve done quite well,” said Husband.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he’s got every confidence to play me. That obviously gives me a lot of confidence.

“The lads around me have helped an awful lot as well.

“I feel good. I feel sharp. I’m delighted that I’ve been given the chance.”

Wigan will be without Callum McManaman tonight after the Latics decided not to appeal the midfielder’s red card at Bournemouth on Saturday.

McManaman had been on the field for less than four minutes when he was dismissed for a challenge on Brett Pitman.