Bucky’s Blog: Rovers won’t roll out the red carpet for Queens Park Rangers

Former Doncaster Rovers winger John Buckley. Picture: Andrew Roe
Former Doncaster Rovers winger John Buckley. Picture: Andrew Roe

The top teams seem to bring out the best of Doncaster Rovers - so I’m staying positive ahead of this weekend’s visit of Queens Park Rangers.

Not many people outside of Doncaster will give Rovers much chance on Saturday. And a fair few Rovers fans, particularly the hardy souls who made the trip to the Valley, might be of the same opinion too.

But one man who won’t be thinking like that is Paul Dickov. The manager’s positivity is infectious and, despite the setback at Charlton, he’ll be drumming it into his players to believe they can cause an upset.

Dickov certainly won’t send his team out to do anything other than try to win the game - and that’s the right approach for me.

There’s no point in just sitting back and inviting QPR on. They’ve got that much quality, if Rovers were just to sit in it would play into their hands.

The Rovers lads have to take positive vibes from the way they have performed against several other top teams this season.

They gave Burnley a good run for their money, they caused Nottingham Forest a lot of problems, and they got the better of Leicester at the Keepmoat.

Rovers seem to perform better against the better footballing teams. They seem to be able to get more of a foothold in the game. You tend to raise your game against the bigger clubs and I expect that to happen this weekend. It’s not a forgone conclusion by any means.

Tuesday night at the Valley was disappointing. The most concerning aspect was we barely created any chances and surrendered possession far too easily.

I’d like to see us get the ball in the box a bit more on Saturday, give QPR something to think about, although obviously with Browny out injured there is less physical presence up there.

One thing’s for sure, if we get a chance we have to take it. Harry Redknapp has got his defence superbly organised and opportunities won’t come easily.

I’d also like to see our full backs getting forward a bit more. That’s something that seems to have really dropped off in recent weeks. I’m still of the opinion that Rovers made a mistake in letting James O’Connor leave.

There are some difficult games around the corner, Birmingham next Tuesday is another tough one and Bolton seemed to have turned a bit of corner just in time for our trip to the Reebok.

But it would be just like Donny to raise their game against these sorts of teams. If QPR think they can just come here and roll us over they could be in for a nasty surprise!