BUCKY’S BLOG: Rovers have the psychological edge

Rovers' James Husband in action
Rovers' James Husband in action

You could look at the Reading result and say it was a bit of a disaster for us.

At half time, I thought it was our game and we were going to get the result needed to get us out of the relegation scrap.

It was a disappointing result and I think the two goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak hurt more because they were late goals and we could’ve got something out of the game.

But just a couple of days later, Birmingham find themselves beaten by Wigan which was a great result for us in all honesty. That allieviates the pressure slightly for Rovers as Lee Clark’s men go into the final day still in the bottom three.

I don’t believe they will get out of the drop zone either because they’ve got a very tough trip to Bolton who, when I watched them play against Doncaster, were fantastic.

Rovers have got the psychological edge in that they go into Saturday’s game with Leicester knowing they are not in the relegation zone.

I think it will be a struggle but I’ll stick by what I’ve said all season and say I believe that Rovers won’t go down.

Our goal difference isn’t great but hopefully it won’t come down to that. I’d hate for the side to carry the can because of goal difference.

Ever since the Leeds United victory, we’ve been lacking a little bit in that final third.

Hopefully that can all come together for us at the weekend.

I think the absence of James Husband hasn’t helped us either. Although the players who have come in have done okay, I just think Hubby adds something extra.

Leicester City will want to break the 100-point barrier on the final day of the season and celebrate their promotion to the Premier League in style.

The game will also mark Kevin Phillips’ final bow before retirement so I’m sure he’ll be wanting to go out on a high.

So, everything points to it being Leicester’s day, but that’s when Doncaster could capitalise and cause an upset.

Paul Dickov has remained positive throughout and that must have a good effect in the dressing room. The players won’t want a relegation on their CV, particularly with several of them out of contract in the summer. If Rovers go down, I fear the team will start losing some real key players.

I really hope it doesn’t come down to that because Rovers are a great club with a manager trying to do the right things.

We need a couple of clubs to do us a favour in Bournemouth (against Millwall) and Bolton for the home game with Birmingham. Blackpool are still not out of it either.

We’ve got to just keep that belief going that we can stay up. Dickov has it in abundance and we need to get behind the team on Saturday.