DONCASTER Rovers will face arguably their toughest Championship game of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday at home to leaders Queens Park Rangers.
“They remind me a lot of Newcastle last year,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.
“They are very organised, are streetwise and know what they are doing, and they have also got a bit of unpredictibility with Adel Taarabt. They’ve also got the goals of Heidar Helguson They’ve added to that with Wayne Routledge.”
“Whoever plays in the back-four, everyone of them is a good defender, and in their captain, Shaun Derry, they’ve got somebody who has been there, seen it, done it and knows what it is about.
“Within the spine of the team they’ve also got keeper Paddy Kenny and Kaspars Gorkss so it is very experienced. They’ve all been there before in this situation and I would imagine that they are quite influential among the rest of the players, so they’ve got what it takes to get the job done.
“Unless they are handed a points deduction, I think that they’ll hang on to top spot.
“I think that they are playing with that much confidence I couldn’t imagine them going anywhere and sitting back and looking to try and catch teams on the break.
“If they come to the Keepmoat and sit back then they might as well not play Taarabt and Routledge and people like that; they’d be better leaving them on the bench.
Taarabt will arrive at the Keepmoat Stadium as Rangers’ top scorer with 15 goals.
“He’s a talented boy,”said O’Kelly. “He’s added a bit of consistency to his game this year. I think the rest of the team have helped him by their outlook towards him and the way they support him.
“Occasionally when what he does doesn’t come off, players like Taarabt can then be a liability. But the rest of the team are very supportive and encourage him to do what he does. Every individual in a team needs people around them.
“Every time we’ve played them in this division he’s always a player that we’ve have to look out for.”
n The Rovers Supporters’ Club are hosting fund-raising Night at the Races at the Toad Brewery (across from stadium car park 3) tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Admission is free and everyone welcome. All proceeds will be donated to the NSPCC.