In-form City will be tough says O’Kelly

Pace: Nick Maynard
Pace: Nick Maynard
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DONCASTER Rovers will be looking to move closer to safety in tomorrow’s Championship clash against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

With a nine-point cushion over third-bottom Sheffield United with just eight games to go, no-one in the Rovers’ camp is starting to panic.

But they will collectively breathe a sigh of relief when they know for certain that they cannot be caught and will retain their Championship status for a fourth year.

The Robins themselves were in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle after picking up just one win in eight league games.

They were also dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday - who won 3-0 at Ashton Gate during that period. But five wins in their last six games has lifted the gloom hanging over Ashton Gate and put them within a handful of points of safety.

“They’ve had a very mixed season but the last month or so they’ve started to hit a bit of form,” said Rovers No Richard O’Kelly.

“Their only defeat in recent games was in the televised game at Norwich, who scored two late goals to win 3-2. It was a good performance on the night.

“They were outstanding in their last home game against Burnley, who they beat 2-0.

“They’ve got pace up front with the likes of Nicky Maynard and both wide men are quick.

They are very strong in the middle and they’ve also got two strong centre-backs and former England keeper David James in goal.

“So it is going to be a difficult game but we’d also been playing well before the international break.

“I thought that we probably should have got something out of the game against QPR, which we lost 1-0, but it wasn’t to be.

“What we’ll be looking to do is to show the same attitude at Bristol City and limit their chances and create some of our own.

“If we do that then we will give ourselves a chance.”