INFLUENTIAL midfielder John Oster is set to return to action in today’s Championship clash against league leaders Queens Park Rangers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Oster, who had been a virtual ever-present before picking up the injury a couple of weeks ago, is fit again after recovering from a calf strain.
Despite the fact that Rangers will start the game seven points clear at the top, they hold no fears for Oster.
“I know that they beat us 3-0 at Loftus Road in September but I don’t think that it was a true reflection of the game,” he said.
“They scored from two setpieces and a penalty but I felt that during open play it was pretty even and we didn’t do a great deal wrong.
“It was a strange one because we felt that we had done well against a team that was top of the league yet it looks like we got a 3-0 hammering, which wasn’t the case.
“But if we perform like we did down there then I don’t think that we will fall too short in today’s game.
He added: “They’ve made one or two additions to their side, and made several signings in the January transfer window, so they’ve definitely strengthened their squad.
“They seem to play a little bit differently. They are probably a little bit different. They are more of a 4-4-1-1 whereas they were more of a 4-3-3 back when we played them. So, as I say, they are a little bit different but whatever they are doing it seems to be working for them.
“They’ve been very consistent all season and they’ve not had a blip. If they lost a game they put it right the next game and I don’t think that they have had back-to-back defeats all season.
“They’ve got a lot of experience as well as having younger players and they’ve also brought in players of Premiership quality as well.
“The manager has got the right blend. He’s got the defence very solid and they routinely score plenty of goals so all in all they are a pretty strong outfit.
“Having said that. I don’t think that they are the best team in the league, but it’s all about personal opinions.
“I’d go for Swansea because of the way they play.
They are certainly the most effective team in the league, that is for sure.
“I’m sure that they won’t have played well in a lot of their games this season, but they’ve won a lot of games, which is what Newcastle did when winning the league last year.
“Adel Taarabt has been getting a lot of publicity and he’s a good player. A lot of their play goes through him and he’s creating chances for other people or scoring himself.” Chefs for a day: P3