Doncaster Rovers: Big Leeds United following can help us, says Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Leeds United will be backed by roughly five thousand fans at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday - and the more the merrier, says Rovers’ Richie Wellens.

Wellens says big away followings have helped to get the best out of Doncaster this season and hopes the trend continues this weekend.

“If you look at our results this season we’ve beaten Leicester and QPR, and probably should’ve beaten Nottingham Forest,” said Wellens.

“In all those games the away team has brought a lot of fans.

“If you look at Brighton and Bournemouth the atmosphere wasn’t so good and we struggled a little bit.

“We’re fairly satisfied with our form over the last few weeks,” he added.

“Obviously Charlton and Bolton were disappointing but we’ve picked up a few points and we need to carry that on.

“Leeds are arguably in even better form than ourselves though. We know we’re in for a tough afternoon.

“The first goal will be crucial. It always is at this level because it can affect the way you set up and the way you play.”

Wellens was also keen to point out that Leeds’ bigger fan base had no bearing in the most famous meeting between these two sides, the 2008 League One play-off final.

“Even though Leeds are a big club with a big fan base, we knew if we were on our game we’d beat them,” Wellens reminisced.

“We’d played them a couple of times before that season and got the better of them.

“It doesn’t matter how many fans you bring. You’ve got to play the team on the pitch.

“We knew we were a better team than them.”