Bucky’s Blog: Beware! Leeds United still have a score to settle with Rovers

Ex Rovers and Leeds winger John Buckley. Picture: Andrew Roe
Ex Rovers and Leeds winger John Buckley. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Rovers will raise their game again on Saturday - the problem is that Leeds will too!

What happened in the League One play-off final still sticks in the gut of a lot of Leeds fans.

And no doubt it’s been a motivating factor in the Whites’ dominance in this fixture ever since Wembley 2008.

Leeds have won the last five meetings with Doncaster, including a Capital One Cup win at the Keepmoat earlier this season.

But I don’t expect it to be as comfortable for United as it was in August. Paul Dickov will have his players right up for this one, and these big games have brought the best out of Donny this term.

Leeds would love to be able to turn us over again.

And even if Donny lose this weekend it’ll still rankle what happened five years ago.

I don’t even think it was that we beat them - it was the fact we turned them over big time. Doncaster absolutely dominated that game.

One of the lads I work with at Balby Academy, a Leeds fan, still talks about it to this day. It still hurts them. I think there was a massive expectancy on their part that they’d roll Doncaster over.

The Doncaster-Leeds rivalry before Wembley was nowhere near as intense as it is now. Hopefully that should suit Rovers this time around.

Under Dickov, when it’s a more high profile game they always seem to be able to lift themselves that little bit more.

If you break it down this season and ask when have we played our best football, it has been against better footballing teams.

Leeds come into that category - but they also know how to handle themselves.

So it helps us that Chris Brown is back and I think he’ll start the game.

They’ve got some big lads at the back so we do need somebody imposing up there.

It’ll be interesting to see what Dickov’s thinking is in terms of team selection.

You’ve got to be as positive as you can at home. Draws aren’t much use.

I’d be tempted to go 4-3-3 and play a front three of Brown, Theo Robinson and Federico Macheda.

It goes without saying we have to look after Ross McCormack, the boy can’t stop scoring.

But this is a game we can definitely win.

Leeds have been picking up results but I don’t think they’ve been on fire. I’ll go for Donny to win by the odd goal.