View From The Town End: Doncaster

Tony Marshall

So just two games to go and tomorrow's game at the Keepmoat is a big one at both ends of the table. Ahead of Saturday's game we spoke to Lewis Ward from Doncaster Exiles to give us the Donny view of the game.

How would you sum up Doncaster's season so far?

Indifferent. We have had really good spells with some good results but there has also been poor periods where we couldn't score no matter how much we tried. None of us expected to be winning week in, week out but, after seeing how we can play, we didn't expect to be fighting the drop with only two games left.

We started the campaign well, but certain things have gone against us. For example, the abandoned game at Charlton where we led 3-1 could prove pivotal to our season.

Are you confident you can beat the drop?

We are good enough to survive; we have shown that during the season. Our biggest problem is if we concede early in a game, our heads drop and we hardly have a chance of getting a result.

One positive is that key players such as Richie Wellens, James Husband and Lucas Neill could all return from injury tomorrow meaning we could potentially field our strongest eleven.

I'd like to think that there are worse teams than us at the moment but you never know what will happen next as football is full of surprises. Just look at our game at Brentford on the final day last season!

Billy Sharp played on loan for Reading earlier this season before making the switch back to the Keepmoat, has his most recent spell been as productive as his first?

Billy's struggled since coming back to Rovers. When he first joined, the chances were there but he failed to convert them and now his confidence has gone and he doesn't get the opportunities. In an interview with local radio yesterday, Billy was the first to admit things aren't going to plan and he can't figure out what is wrong. The final two games give him a chance to show what he can do.

Reading fans will know what kind of player he is and how well he can perform, it's just a case of getting back to form. As they say, form is temporary but class is permanent.

Reading beat Donny 4-1 at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested. What did you make of Reading that day and from what else you've seen of them this year?

Reading are clearly a class side. The game against Rovers earlier this season shows that they can turn on the style when the opportunity is there. After all, they wouldn't be fighting for the play-offs otherwise. One observation I have made is that they can be pretty inconsistent such as the spell from mid-December through to early January but I have no doubt they will make the play-offs.

Other than Sharp who else should Reading fans be wary of on Saturday?

We can beat anyone on our day. It takes the full team to perform for us to get a result and I wouldn't say we have individual players who can dominate the game. Sam Johnstone has been awesome at the back since joining on loan from Manchester United while our backline is the strongest it has been for a long time. David Cotterill is fantastic on his day and Richie Wellens is a force in the centre of midfield. Finally, Chris Brown has been great up front all season, despite playing since the New Year with a broken foot.

Anyone Donny fans aren't looking forward to facing?

I think we have got to concentrate on our own performances over the final two games and not worry about the opposition. We can beat anyone on our day as long as the confidence is there. Despite this, Adam Le Fondre seems to love playing against us and if anyone is to score against us, it'll probably be him.

Score prediction?

That's a tough one. We need a win to have any chance of stopping our whole season going down to the last game. I'd rather not tempt fate! I'm just going to take what comes our way. Whatever happens, happens.

Who's your prediction for the 1 remaining promotion spot and 3 left at the bottom?

I think Derby will win the play-offs. From what I've seen of them this season, it looks as though they have the ability to beat anyone and the confidence to succeed.
Of course, I hope we're not one of the clubs who go down. I think it'll be Barnsley and Blackpool who face the drop, along with Yeovil who are almost guaranteed to be relegated already. Barnsley have been there too long and Blackpool seem to have fallen through the league immense pace.

Finally any advice for Reading fans making the trip?

For those coming by train, allow plenty of time to get to the ground as it is a fair difference. There are plenty of places to drink in town before heading to the ground. If you are coming by car or bus, you're best bet for a drink is the Lakeside Beefeater pub but you are also welcome in the Belle Vue Bar at the ground.
If it's a nice day, take advantage of the nearby lake which is fantastic in the sunshine!
Enjoy the game and have a great day. The game is big for both sides and should be a great tie.

Thanks again to Lewis and you can follow him on Twitter @LewisWard20

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