Model pro Diouf leading Rovers from the front

Let's celebrate: On loan star El-Hadji Diouf after scoring at Ipswich
Let's celebrate: On loan star El-Hadji Diouf after scoring at Ipswich

IT must be me who is Doncaster Rovers’ bad luck omen.

Due to work commitments I had to miss my first game of the season at Portman Road on Saturday.

And what do we go and do? Just take apart the Tractor Boys in the first half and race into a 3-0 interval lead.

But even with that scoreline you are never safe and Rovers suffered a few anxious moments after Michael Chopra pulled it back to 3-2 in stoppage time.

The three points could prove to be the turning point of the season. Although we did not get off the bottom of the league, with Bristol City also winning, we certainly narrowed the gap on some of the other teams in and around the relegation zone.

So far, in the two games he has played, new signing El-Hadji Diouf has been a model professional and given his all for the cause.

He chipped in with two good goals on Saturday and with Billy Sharp also scoring with a header, it all bodes well for Rovers in attack.

James Coppinger returned to the starting line-up and played well on the wing with some telling crosses which led to two of the goals.

A big thanks must go to the Ipswich fans who applauded Billy’s goal, and his later substitution, after what had been a emotional week for the striker. Their actions, however, only served to add fuel to transfer speculation again linking Billy with the Suffolk side.

A big ‘well done’ to the 260 Rovers’ fans who made the long trip despite recent results and the price of the tickets.

Rovers’ fans threat to boycott next weekend’s local derby against Barnsley at Oakwell has seen the clubs reduce admission prices by £7 for adults for the two games between the two sides.

Thanks to both chairman for making the decision and to Football Supporters’ Federation official Martin O’Hara (a big Rovers’ fan) who put pressure on the fans’ behalf to reduce the prices.

I commented on Manchester City star Carlos Tevez a couple of weeks ago and his fine for allegedly refusing to play in a match.

How ironic then that he has taken himself off to Argentina on the day he was supposed to be back in training and is criticised by PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor for doing so - the same Gordon Taylor who got his fine knocked down by half to just two weeks’ wages.

In my opinion football would be better off without spoilt, greedy players like Tevez.

It had been quiet on the footy side of the club until yesterday when Rovers signed Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme on a two-month loan.

Hopefully come the Barnsley game we will have got a couple more players back from injury, and with the price cut, we should start to sell more tickets and have a healthy following at Oakwell.

The international break is with us again this weekend and I think I will take in the Retford United-Scarborough game tomorrow.

I wonder if the Boro fans will run a mini bus to the game?

Those Doncaster fans who went to watch Rovers play Scarborough at the McCain Stadium on Boxing Day, when both teams were in the Conference a few years ago, will see the irony in that question.

It makes you realise that if John Ryan had not stepped in years ago during the Richardson era, we too could be playing at this level of football.

Enjoy your football wherever you are going to watch over the weekend.