Q&A With Doncaster Rovers

  • December 06, 2013 | By David Williams
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As Bolton prepare to host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, we have got the views of a Donny supporter ahead of the game.

After back-to-back defeats - against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town - Wanderers host Paul Dickov's side at the Reebok Stadium in what will be the first league meeting between the clubs since May 1987, when Doncaster were 1-0 winners in a Division Three fixture at Burnden Park.

They have met since then, however, as Wanderers - then under the management of Sam Allardyce - were 4-0 winners in an FA Cup tie at the Keepmoat Stadium in January 2007.

Ahead of Saturday's game, we have spoken to Rovers supporter Arron Botterill. Arron has been watching his beloved club for nearly 20 years and cites his favourite ever players as Gary Brabin, Paul Heffernan and Michael McIndoe. In our latest edition of Q&A, Arron tells us why focus will not be on Jermaine Beckford, why the loan signings of Federico Macheda and Ross Turnbull are signs of a rising club and who will win promotion to the Premier League this season.

Q: Neither team has much history of playing each other, so what's your take on Doncaster's season so far?

A: We've started the season pretty much how we had predicted in August. We were always going to be around the bottom-six, due to just coming up, familiarising ourselves with the league and trying to bridge the gulf from League One to the Championship. Hopefully we can kick on and just pull away from the bottom three.

Q: Who should Bolton be wary of on the Doncaster teamsheet and why?

A: Well, due to obvious reasons, Kiko Macheda. Coming from a club such as Manchester United, you're going to have a bit extra than most and his talents in and around the box shows that.

Another player, personally, I feel could gain us some points, as he has already this season, is Ross Turnbull. Another fantastic signing from a 'top 4' club shows even Doncaster Rovers can attract those types of player!

Q: If any Bolton player worries Rovers fans, who is it and why?

A: Some fans may say Beckford - however in our League One play-off final against Leeds he was a mere passenger and our defenders snuffed him out and nullified any potential threat.

Personally, I'd say Chris Eagles and Darren Pratley (if they play) could be the players who get things ticking or involved in a lot of play, but there's a lot of experienced Championship players who will know what it takes to beat teams.

Q: From what you have seen at Rovers this season, who do you think will finish in the top two this season and why?

A: Burnley looked very strong going forward and tight at the back, a perfect recipe. However, I do feel that if Sam Vokes and Danny Ings were to become injured then their goals would possibly dry up.

QPR didn't really impress me that much - littered with internationals past and present. They don't seem to strike me as a roll your sleeves up and dig in type of side.

Leicester City weren't that great at the Keepmoat, when we beat, them but I think that was down to our own play. However, their side is pacy and have plenty of goals in them.

Nottingham Forest have good players and have an outside chance. Blackpool are in a false position - they beat us 3-1 in the first game but were a poor side.

I would have to say Burnley to pip QPR, as they're consistent, to finish runners-up behind Leicester.

Q: Finally, what is your forecast for Saturday?

A: I'll sit on the fence and say 1-1.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Arron for taking the time to answer our questions. We shall await the outcome of his predictions when Doncaster visit the Reebok on Saturday afternoon.

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