Barnsley v Doncaster: No room for sentiment for ex-Rover Reece Wabara in big derby

Reece Wabara
Reece Wabara

Former Doncaster Rovers defender Reece Wabara wants Barnsley to be ruthless against his former club.

And while the 23-year-old looks back on his time with Rovers with plenty of fond memories, the right-back is determined to be on the winning side in today’s South Yorkshire derby.

“I’m a Barnsley player now - and I want to win,” revealed Wabara. “It’s as simple as that.

“But obviously I’ve got a lot of respect for Doncaster, I played over 70 games for the club in two seasons there.

“They’ve not been in the best of form, so it’s our job to capitalise on that.

“Obviously I know the players very well, so I’m sure the manager will be asking for advice on certain players.

“I think Paul Dickov was very unfortunate to lose his job, it was probably a knee-jerk reaction to some bad results at the start of the season. But unfortunately football isn’t the fairest of games.

“They’re going through a transitional period, but they’ve still got some very good players.

“If they apply themselves in the right manner then they’ve got a chance of turning things around.”

“We’re gelling together really well and there’s a good vibe at Barnsley,” Wabara added.

“There’s a real togetherness which is great and we want to continue that and keep going on a good run.”

Only winger Ryan Williams is missing for the weekend with a groin injury with Johnson’s side unbeaten in their last three and going into the match full of confidence.

“We’re in good shape, which is nice at this stage of the season,” admitted Johnson.

“We’ve got the beauty at the moment of having a fully fit squad, people chomping at the bit to play and being ready to go, so I’ll have to manage the next three games accordingly.

“When you have a three-game week you’re bound to move players about and rest players, so people will get a chance.

“We’ve got to the point now where everybody believes we’ve got a good side and we’re content with the signings we’ve made.

“The transfer window re-opens in January and we’re always looking for new players to make progress at the club, but the cherry now for us is to go on a good run.

“We’ve started that good run and on Saturday we want that to continue.

“We’ve picked up seven points from our last three games, which is a good return.

“We’ve certainly been consistent in our performance, but every game is an opportunity to move up the league and show the fans what we’re about.”