Doncaster fan preview – Into The Empty Net

Rovers Chat talks to Adam Stubbings from Doncaster fan page “Into The Empty Net” about tomorrow’s clash at Ewood Park…


What do you make of your team’s transfer window so far?

“I’m pleased with the additions to our squad, I think we’ve strengthened the team in most key areas and, whilst there haven’t been any blockbuster signings, we look well set for a solid season. Danny Andrew looks a real bargain at left back, whilst loanees Ben Whiteman and Rodney Kongolo have already added strength and quality to the midfield ranks. The one weakness we still need to address is centre half, where we often struggle for consistency. Despite having Steven Taylor on trial earlier in the summer, we haven’t managed to strengthen the position yet and the matter has become all the more pressing with Mathieu Baudry suffering an injury in pre-season.

Our most exciting signing looked like being Chelsea winger Alex Kiwomya, but unfortunately, he’s been struck down with a potentially serious condition that has ruled him out for the time being. We’re all hopeful we can get him in the team before long but his health is the main thing.”

What do you think of Blackburn Rovers’ summer deals?

“I’ve been very impressed, so much so that I have you pegged to win the league titles. Perhaps you should be, considering the size of the club, but it isn’t easy to get back out of this league as similarly big sides like Charlton and Sheffield United have found over the past few years, so strong recruitment was a must and I think experienced names like Peter Whittingham and Paul Caddis, along with Bradley Dack who is a proven talent at this level, should help you mount an automatic promotion challenge.

Harry Chapman from Middlesbrough is a great pick-up on loan as well, he appears to have a very bright future in the game and will benefit a lot from honing his craft at a club like yours.”

Who is your team’s player to watch and why?

“He may be 36 years old now but it has to be James Coppinger. The maestro has plenty left in the tank and has shown recently that he is still capable of running the show for us. He has the talent and experience of a Championship star still in him, has never relied on pace anyway so hasn’t lost a step, and can make things happen in the attacking third that nobody else on the pitch is really able to. Underestimate him at your peril, I expect him to have a very good season.”

How do you see your season going?

“I’m confident we can be comfortable and avoid any flirtation with relegation, and reasonably I expect us to finish inside the top half. Most fans will be delighted with a top 10 finish and it’s very much a realistic target for the squad, our manager Darren Ferguson has been positive about our prospects, players have mentioned pushing for the top six and whilst I think that may be a bridge too far for this campaign, it is encouraging to see that the club is keeping the winning mentality established last season. We have talent throughout the team, particularly up front, and in Tommy Rowe and James Coppinger can boast two of the most creative midfielders in League One.”

How do you think the game will go?

“I’m under no illusions that this will be a very tough game. We have looked good in our two games so far, dominating against Gillingham despite only taking a point from the game, and putting Bradford out of the League Cup scoring three good goals in the process. I can’t imagine the defeat at Southend will have gone down well for your fans, players or manager, so we need to be wary of a backlash in the wake of that. If pushed I’ll say Blackburn will get the win, but we’ll make it a tough contest and do ourselves proud.”

Score prediction?

“Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Doncaster Rovers.”

Rovers Chat would like to thank Adam and Into the Empty Net for taking time out to do this interview with us. Follow them on Twitter – @DRFC_ITEM – and check out their website, at

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