Bucky’s Blog: I’m confident we can beat the Blades - it’s time our home form improved

Ex Rovers winger John Buckley has a guest column every week in the Free Press.
Ex Rovers winger John Buckley has a guest column every week in the Free Press.

I’m really looking forward to today’s game - it could be a cracker.

It’s obviously a local derby and there’ll be a good crowd, with over 4,000 Blades fans making the short trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.

I don’t see that as a problem though as far as Doncaster are concerned.

It might even motivate the Rovers lads that little bit more - and it’ll be the team that wants it more that takes the honours.

It’s all about winning the first and second balls, and getting some sort of foothold during that first half hour. I expect it to be lively.

Rovers have really dug in in their last two matches and shown the sort of collective desire we saw in that second half against Chesterfield - and they’ll need to do exactly the same in this one.

I’m confident we can get something out of it - at least a point - but we really need to start to winning at home sooner rather than later.

Our home record is a concern. There’s no getting round that fact.

When you look at the end of last season and the start of this one, it’s one win from the last 11 league games at the Keepmoat and that’s not good enough if the club intend on pushing for promotion.

It’ll be interesting to see how Paul Dickov goes about things tactically, especially if Nathan Tyson is struggling.

Sheffield United have been playing five in midfield so will he stick with two up front, even without Tyson?

Personally, I’d be very tempted to throw in the boy Liam Mandeville, the youth team striker that was called up to the senior squad last weekend along with Jack McKay.

That might surprise a few people, but from what I’ve seen of him he has a real presence about him and he always seems to have time on the ball.

I really do like the look of him.

With younger players like Mandeville, you need someone to show a bit of faith in them and give them a chance. Along with McKay, Rovers could have two potentially very good players on their hands.

If we can keep our run going, and get two or three wins on the spin, we could leap up the League One table. I’m confident, I’m going for 3-1 Rovers this weekend.