Rovers ace out for revenge

DONCASTER Rovers' star John Oster feels that the club owe Reading one in tomorrow's Championship clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

"We should never have lost at the Madejski Stadium earlier in the season," he argues.

"We were 3-1 up in the second half and cruising and, to be honest, when you are in a position like that to have drawn would have been disappointing never mind a defeat.

"We were gutted after the game and we felt that we'd let ourselves down and spoke about not letting a lead like that slip away again.

Oster needed no introduction to Royals' fans that day, for he list the club as one of his former teams.

"It was brilliant and I enjoyed my time there," he said. "It was up and down though during my three seasons there.

"We had the season where we won the Championship with a record number of points and we only lost two games all season.

"I didn't play at the start of the season because the team were playing so well that it was difficult to get in but I played a few games at the end of the season when one of the lads got injured.

"We had a brilliant season in the Premiership the year after and we finished seventh and the season after we got relegated.

"They've got a great set-up there though the chairman is constantly on about selling the club but no-one has come in as yet.

"They are a good club and I'm sure they'll be up there this season. They made an indifferent start but they've picked up and they've got a good blend - I heard manager Brian McDermott talking about it the other day.

"He said he thought that he had two many youngsters last year and he's brought in a few old heads such as Alex Pearce and Ian Harte.

"You need a bit of both. You need your experienced players and you need your youngsters. Every team needs that and they are no different.

"They've got a few key men including Shane Long. He's starting to find his goal-scoring form in recent weeks.

"He's dangerous and plays that lone striker role really well at times and he's very effective.

"I don't know how they'll play but I don't think they'll go gung-ho. I think that they know what we are about and I think that they'll pay us enough respect not to do something like that.

"But I don't think that they'll sit in and go for a draw. I think that they'll go for a win but I don't think that they'll throw caution to the wind."

The game will mark the start to the second half of the club's league programme.

Reflecting on the first half of the season, Oster said: "It's been up and down in a league where the need for consistency is massive.

"We've just picked up two back-to-back league wins for the first time and we are unbeaten in our last four league and cup games so hopefully it is starting to come at last.

"We've made a decent start to the season and if we can win our two games in hand that would see us climb up the league and turn it into a very good start.

"The two games that were off over Christmas could turn out to be a good thing because we would have had to turn out weakened teams due to injury and illness and it would have been hard for us."

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