Rovers: Oster’s test against his former club

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DONCASTER Rovers’ much-travelled midfielder, John Oster, will line up against another of his former clubs in tonight’s home game against Burnley.

“I was brought there by Steve Cotterill, who knew me from my time at Sunderland,” recalled the 31-year-old,

“I was only there for six months so I don’t have too many memories of my time at the club, apart from the fact that they were a good set of lads,”

Oster was one of the stars of Rovers 1-1 draw at Turf Moor back in November,

“They were very good going forward as I recall but a bit shaky defensively, which is not too dissimilar to us at this moment in time.

They’ve got a new manager (Eddie Howe) since we last played them, He’ll have his own ideas so whether or not they are the same sort of side as they were at Turf Moor we’ll have to wait and see,

“Their forward line was very strong when we played them but I’ve not seen much of them lately so whether or not they are as gung ho as they were against us at Turf Moor we’ll have to wait until tonight.

Prior to Howe’s arrival from Burnley, the Clarets had been a Jekyll and Hyde team - hard to beat at home but having one of the worst away records in the top two divisions.

They are unbeaten in both away games since Howe took over.

They drew 0-0 against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park in Howe’s first game in charge and recorded only their second away win of the season a week ago when making the long trip to Fratton Park and beating Portsmouth 2-1.

Howe was manager Harry Rednapp’s first signing after taking charge of the South coast club.

But the man who had played more than 300 games for the Cherries managed only two for Pompey and was forced to retire with knee trouble at 29.

Burnley, who will now visit West Ham United, booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup on Saturday when beating Burton 3-1 at Turf Moor.

Pacy winger Chris Eagles scored two of the Burnley goals to take his tally for the season to ten.

Eagles was one of the stars of Burnley’s ill-fated Premier League campaign and has reportedly been interesting several top-flight clubs this season.”

Reflecting on Burnley’s record under Howe, Oster said: “It does often make a difference when a new manager takes over at a club.

“All the players start with a clean sheet and they all want to impress and stake their claim for a place in the team and the Burnley players will be the same.

“We’ll have to play well.”