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View From The Town End: Doncaster

So it's back to the Championship after a two week break and a welcome chance to put all the off the field murmurings behind us. Doncaster are the visitors to the Madejski tomorrow and our win over them in 2011/12 was one of the big catalysts to turn our form around, let's hope Saturday proves equally inspirational. Lewis Ward from Doncaster Exiles kindly lends us his thoughts from the Donny side of the equation.

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How would you sum up your season so far?

It was always going to be difficult coming back into the Championship, the class of football is totally different to league one.

Having said that we've not done too badly. We've been backed to fail by most people and I'd like to think we're surprising a few so early on in the season.

We've already played seven out of the top nine teams, so to have picked up 12 points already is something we ought to be proud of. Victories over Blackburn and Leicester as well as the 2-2 draw at Wigan are definitely highlights so far.

Paul Dickov came into succeed the promotion winning Bryan Flynn who moved upstairs. Have fans been happy with the way things changed over the summer?

It was difficult to begin with, personally I didn't understand why Flynn wasn't allowed a chance managing in the league above.

Dickov wasn't many fans' first choice and many were disappointed when he was appointed. He's proved a lot of them wrong so far and has proved an early success.

Do you think there are the resources at the club to sustain Championship football or perhaps even more?

The club has recently turned away a potential investor so they obviously believe that is the case. It's always hard for a club of our size to compete with the bigger sides in the league and those receiving parachute payments following relegation from the Premier League.

Dickov's attitude is positive; he believes we can have a good season and has a mid-table finish in his sights.

What are your best memories of Donny v Reading?

There aren't many good memories for Rovers fans against Reading, especially not in my lifetime!
Most recently we managed a 1-1 draw but the best recent moment would probably be the 4-3 game in 2010, even if we did throw away a 3-1 lead.

And the worst?

The worst from a Doncaster point of view would have to be our 2-0 defeat in September 2011. The loss turned out to be Sean O'Driscoll's final game in charge at Rovers, and was one of many defeats in a season we'd like to forget.

Who should Reading fans be worried about on Saturday?

Chris Brown has been fantastic so far this season, although he may not have found the net as often as he would like, his contribution has been vital.

Midfielder Paul Keegan has been a surprise key figure in the Rovers XI. He will never shy away from a challenge and can kill the opposition's advances with ease.

Anyone Donny supporters are worried about from the Reading side?

I think the Reading strike force is a worry for any club. We already know what Billy Sharp is capable of and, if he features, he is bound to score against us. Adam le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak definitely know where the net is too.

Score prediction?

I'd like to think we can pull off another upset, it's about time we won at the Madejski! I daren't give a score though because I will no doubt jinx it.

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

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