Alf poses a royal test

Rotherham United v Huddersfield Town.
Rotherham United v Huddersfield Town.

DONCASTER Rovers will come up against former Millers’ hot-shot Adam Le Fondre for the first time in league football in Saturday’s Championship game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

“He scored a bagful of goals for Rotherham and Reading will no doubt hope that he does the same for them,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

“He’s not the biggest of players but he’s quick in thought and he’s a goal-scorer. They’ve got a couple of good wide men and they’ll see that he gets plenty of the ball.”

A target for several clubs at the time, Le Fondre was brought in by the Royals as a replacement for last season’s top scorer Shane Long.

The loss of Long and former Rovers’ centre-back Matt Mills, has been blamed for Reading’s poor start to the season.

Rovers go into the game propping up the table with just one point from their first six games, but O’Kelly maintains that spirits are high.

“The players are a resilient bunch,” he said. “I think that we’ve gone into every game we’ve played this season thinking that we could get a result and Saturday will be no different.

“We’ll go there in optimistic mood and like we always are we’ll be fully prepared. If we perform to our capabilities and Reading don’t then hopefully we’ll win the game. If they are better than us on the day then they’ll probably win.

“Both Brian Stock and Shelton Martis played a full game in Tuesday’s practice match against Grimsby and it is obviously good to have players of their calibre fit again.

“We go there with more players in our squad than we’ve had all season so as far as I am concerned, without going overboard, the only way is up.”

Despite O’Kelly’s optimism, he makes it clear that Rovers will not be paying too much attention to the fact that the Royals - beaten play-off finalists last season - currently share a bottom-three spot.

“I’m sure that people will not be underestimating us because of where we are in the league at the moment and we certainly won’t be underestimating Reading just because they are having a poor spell,”

Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll and chief executive Dave Morris will be attending the first Fans’ Forum at Retford United tonight (8pm).