O'Kelly expecting Reading to provide tough test

DONCASTER Rovers No 2 Richard O'Kelly knows what is in store for the club in tomorrow's Championship clash against Reading at the Keepmoat Stadium.

"I've seen quite a bit of them in the last month, including when we played Middlesbrough on a Friday night and I had chance to catch them against Hull," he said. "The game when we went down there is also still fresh in my mind.

"What a good side they are. They've got pace, organisation and they've got a goal threat and a player, Shane Long, I personally feel should be in the Premiership.

"For me he's got everything. He had a spell earlier in the season where he probably missed a few chances. The thing that makes Shane Long stand out is that like all good goal scorers, he keeps getting there.

"He's a bit like Billy Sharp. If Billy doesn't score goals, but does what he does with enthusiasm, then he still has a massive influence on the game,

So, without bigging Shane Long up too much, he's an excellent player."

The game will see the return to the Keepmoat Stadium for former Rovers' favourite Matt Mills, who joined the Royals in a seven-figure deal in the summer of 2009.

The centre-back struggled to make an impact when he first joined the Royals but is now one of the biggest stars.

"I think the second spell he came back to us before he went to Reading you could see him blossoming and maturing as a player and as a person and he has continued to improve down there in a very good set-up," said O'Kelly. "They've got a supportive group down there - a bit of experience at full-back and I think Matt is enjoying his time down at the club.

"Their two wide men Kebe and McAnuff, are always a threat and then they take one of them off and they bring on Robson-Kanu.

"They've got Karacan in midfield. He was a player, who 18 months ago wasn't figuring much and if they released him, as teams sometimes do (in that situation) we'd have snapped him up. He's got a good understanding of the game. He's technically good, can cope with the physicality of the Championship and he's very mobile."

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