BUCKY’S BLOG: Experienced Rovers players will help us survive the drop

Players like James Coppinger (pictured) and Richie Wellens will help Doncaster battle until the end, says John Buckley.

Players like James Coppinger (pictured) and Richie Wellens will help Doncaster battle until the end, says John Buckley.

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A point at Millwall might not have been the best result, but under the circumstances it showed that Rovers were up for a battle after they went down to ten men.

I still think Rovers will avoid the drop, I have said it throughout the season.

We might be facing two of the top teams in the Championship in Reading and Leicester City but Rovers have had a habit of playing brilliantly against the better teams and that’s what they need to do for these crucial final fixtures.

To help them get over the line, they need the experienced heads of Richie Wellens and James Coppinger (pictured) to help them.

I’ve said it all season just how brilliant these two are.

You won’t find a better midfielder in the league than Wellens and we have really missed him.

Coppinger has been outstanding too during a difficult season which has seen him playing all manner of positions to help.

I like the way Paul Dickov has handled things this season, he deserves a lot of credit.

He’s tried to get Rovers playing good football and that has shown - particularly against the better teams.

For me, we need to get Billy Sharp in the goals again.

I think he’s been lacking a bit of match sharpness but to have someone like him in the team - the name alone - causes panic amongst defences.

Reading on Saturday will of course be a difficult game.

They were fantastic at home against us back in October.

Their strikers Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak were different class and despite a sign of a comeback from us, two late goals proved to be killer blows.

The Royals have also got everything to play for with their own play-off hopes still in the balance, although helped by Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

A week later there’s Leicester who, although they are already promoted, will want to finish their season on a high.

It certainly won’t be easy for Rovers - but it’s not meant to be in this division. As long as Rovers play positively, hopefully the results will follow.