The Opposition View: Doncaster
By Jim Bonner
Updated Thursday, 11th November 2010
Adam Stubbings answers some questions before Saturday's match.
Donny fan Adam Stubbings gives us the lowdown on his team and his views ahead of Saturday's game.
The bookies had
Definitely not. We're a very good footballing side on our day, know how to pass the ball around and score goals. There's some optimism here that a top 6 finish is well within our capabilities, but the defence is proving to be a real weak point.
There is no settled back four due mainly to injuries, and the level of quality in that set of defenders is not really good enough. The attack is making up for it a fair bit of the time at the minute but there's a long way to go before the back line matches up. Until that happens I can't see us securing a top 6 finish, but it is not out of our reach.
What do the Rovers fans think of Sean O'Driscoll?
He's revered as a legend by the majority of the fans. He was a very unpopular choice as manager when appointed some 4 years ago now, especially with names like Kevin Keegan being linked, but after a bit of a slow start he has managed to build a fantastic side, got us promotion as well as a Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory and he has improved each year since being appointed.
There was a lot of anxiety from the fans when O'Driscoll was nearly poached by
Donny are said to play some attractive football, would you agree with this?
I would agree with that, we play fluid passing football and when it is done right it often reaps rewards. Usually you find we need to match the quality of play with the right tempo, otherwise we can get bogged down and stuck for ideas.
The key to our success is the midfield, if everybody is on their game in the middle then we usually play very well and pick up the points. More and more teams are getting good at stopping them from doing that though. The likes of
Who are the key players in the
With top scorer Billy Sharp out injured, the responsibility to put the ball in the net falls to David Healy. He has impressed so far in two games, scored the winner on his debut and looks like a committed player in the same mould as Sharp. His link up play with James Hayter will be vital to our goal scoring chances. Hayter has 3 goals in his last 3 and is a very important player as he links up the attack to the midfield superbly and he works harder than anybody else on the field.
James Coppinger will also be a big threat to Portsmouth, his creativity and flair out wide always causes problems for opposition defences, and he's hitting a real run of form this season.
What are the main weaknesses in your team?
As mentioned earlier, it has to be the defence. Aside from the reliable and versatile James O'Connor, nobody else has managed to hold down a regular starting place, and most of the back line is prone to silly errors and lack of concentration. Injuries haven't helped this.
If Joseph Mills is not fit to return for this game it will be a real shame, he has been a great find at left back, plucked from your local rivals Southampton's reserves, and he's done a great job but his absence may mean having to play somebody out of position at left back as our only other natural left-sider George Friend is on the long-term injury list.
With Liam Lawrence suspended and other injuries to key players, do you fancy your chances of winning at
We're struggling to name a full bench at the moment.
Overall though both sides are missing key players and I don't think it'll greatly affect the outcome of the game.
Predict the outcome of the game.
I'm never too confident for away games, but we're fresh off the back of a very hard-earned point at
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