Mills wants revenge

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It’s get your own back time for Joseph Mills.

The on loan Southampton defender was part of the Doncaster side that surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 at Reading in October.

Not only that - the 21-year-old could only look on with horror as big brother Matthew netted against his former club on a thoroughly frustrating afternoon at the Madejski Stadium.

So Mills, who hopes to extend his Rovers stay after his loan expires next week, has a score to settle on Saturday.

And the cultured left back admits he’d love to take revenge on his Royals family!

Mills said: “There was a lot of hype about the game last time out with it being the first time we’ve played against each other.

“I don’t think we got the result that we felt we deserved on the day.

“And Matt scored after about two minutes – which wasn’t the greatest start to the game!

“He wasn’t too bad after the game though - he didn’t really rub it in.

“I only caught up with him quickly after the game and then it was my birthday the next day.

“Thankfully there wasn’t too much said about it!

“If the tables are turned this weekend, however, I’m not sure I’ll be that gracious!”

Mills has been something of a revelation at left back since making the step up from League One, providing more than adequate cover for injury victims George Friend and Mustapha Dumbuya.

The former England youth international, who himself was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury before returning to the side last month, endured a tough debut in Doncaster’s only home league defeat of the season to Derby County.

But since then the youngster has been a model of composure and confidence in what has become something of a problem position for Doncaster following the departure of Gareth Roberts.

His attacking instincts were rewarded with a first senior goal in Rovers’ 3-0 win over Scunthorpe on New Year’s Day.

And Mills hopes it won’t be his last goal in Doncaster colours.

He said: “It’s out of my hands what happens when my loan expires and it’s up to the two managers to speak to each other.

“Obviously I’ve been getting games here, which I wasn’t at Southampton.

“The injury has cut things short a bit so I haven’t had as many games as I would’ve liked.

“But I’ve really enjoyed it here and if there’s a chance of staying I’ll be happy to do that.

“I just want to keep on playing games - it’s important because of the age I’m at now.

“And I think being here has helped me develop as a player.

“I only played a couple of games in the Championship a couple of years ago with Southampton before coming here so obviously it’s been a step up and a chance to test myself against better players.

“Just doing that and being around the players here has helped me become a better player.

“With my brother playing here before, I knew what this club was all about when I came here,” he added.

“I knew the style of football Doncaster play and when I was growing up I’ve always enjoyed the technical aspect of the game.

“The manager here is a great technical coach and a great manager to work under if you’re a younger player.

“The sessions he puts on are beneficial all the time.

“There are no sessions he puts on where you start thinking ‘I don’t want to be here’.

“I thought I would fit in and enjoy it and that’s exactly what’s happened.

“Hopefully something will get sorted out over the next few days.”

Mills’ loan spell expires after next Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Wolverhampton Wanderers - and Saturday’s 2-2 draw has whetted the defender’s appetite ahead of the Molineux trip.

Rovers’ best chance of progressing has not gone, according to the defender.

And Mills says confidence has not been dented despite Doncaster surrendering the lead - like they did at Reading - in their last two outings.

“It was good to test myself against a Premier League team,” said Mills.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t the result we wanted but that’s football and we’ve got another bite at the cherry on Tuesday.

“We wanted to kill the tie at the first time of asking but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.

“But there’s still plenty of hope for us in the replay.

“Even though it’s at their place I think we’ll still go there full of hope and hopefully we can cause an upset.

“I don’t think it’s playing on people minds that we’ve let a couple of leads slip recently,” he added.

“We’ve just not been getting the rub of the green lately and things like sending offs have been going against us.

“We want to get three points in every game we play and when we don’t do that we’re obviously disappointed.

“The team spirit here is fantastic - it’s a very tight knit group and that helped me to settle and I think it shows in the way we play.

“If you haven’t got that team spirit then things don’t click but we’ve definitely got it here.

“We’ve just got to keep digging in and trying to find the points we need to climb the table.”