Doncaster Rovers: Anchorman Paul Keegan happy out of the limelight

Paul Keegan in action at Blackpool.
Paul Keegan in action at Blackpool.

Anchorman Paul Keegan is more than happy to do his work behind the scenes - and let others take the limelight.

The Dubliner’s return from injury has notably coincided with Rovers’ turnaround in form.

Paul Dickov’s side have tightened up at the back, keeping two clean sheets in the last three games after just one in the previous 12.

And it’s no coincidence either that Keegan’s return has given midfield colleagues James Coppinger, Mark Duffy and Richie Wellens a new lease of life.

The midfield destroyer, however, is typically modest about his contribution to the team.

“I just want to help in whichever way I can,” said Keegan.

“The manager wants me to concentrate on the defensive side of things and let Richie [Wellens] get on the ball.

“I’m happy to do that - but hopefully I’ll pop up with a goal soon.

“If we can keep it tight and make sure we’re organised, we can give anyone problems going forward,” he added.

“First of all we set out in every game to get a clean sheet and I think with the players we have, we’re always going to score goals.

“The lads that we have up top and out wide are causing all sorts of problems at the moment.”

Resurgent Rovers face a Middlesbrough side on Saturday on who ran riot at the Riverside in the corresponding fixture in October, easing to a 4-0 win.

Keegan admits he and his teammates were embarrassed by the defeat and have a score to settle with the Teessiders.

He said: “Winning’s a good habit to get into. I think we got into a bit of a habit of losing and it is hard to break that but we’re doing well at the moment.

“The new signings and the lads coming back from injury has obviously given everyone a big lift.

“We can’t get complacent though, we’ve got a tough game on Saturday. Middlesbrough are a very good team and they showed that at their place. We certainly owe them a good game.

“They played well that night but we dropped well below our standards. It was disappointing, especially with it being live on Sky Sports and I think everyone felt a bit embarrassed by it.

“On Saturday we have to come out and prove a point that we are a good team.”