We’re back from the international break, and Huddersfield host Doncaster Rovers tomorrow afternoon. What can we expect from our neighbours from South Yorkshire? I asked Doncaster fan Glen Wilson the editor of Rovers fanzine Popular stand for the low down. Follow Glen on Twitter @vivarovers
1) After a dramatic promotion last season, how do you feel you’ve adapted to life in the Championship & what are your expectations for the year?
Such is the disparity in this division caused by parachute payments I’d expected this season to be a struggle from start to finish, so have been pleasantly surprised by how well we’ve acquitted ourselves – Bournemouth game aside. I’d still take 21st place if you offered it to me now mind, but we’ve at least a bit of confidence to look higher up page two of the table if we’re feeling daring
2) do you have the right manager?
So far so good as far as Paul Dickov is concerned. From an initial reaction of general indifference to his initial appointment he’s not really put a foot wrong since, generally says the right things and his experimentation with formation and style has been pleasing to watch.
3) who is your best player/one to watch?
The new signings have made a significant impact thus far right down the spine of the team, from Ross Turnbull in goal, via Bongalo Khumalo at the back, and Richie Wellens in midfield to Theo Robinson up front. In terms of one to watch then young James Husband, still a teenager, has been gaining rave reviews for his performances at full-back having performed equally impressively on the left flank under Bryan Flynn last season.
4) which player is stealing a living?
Robbie Savage. I know its not what you meant by this question, but Jesus Christ the man can’t talk coherently yet has managed to become BBC’s main football pundit. He makes me beg for Garth Crooks to get a word in. See also Dean Windass doing match reports.
5) Is there a Huddersfield player who concerns you?
We seem to have an issue with the same players haunting us time and time again, regardless of who they’re playing for or whatever form they’re in; Jamal Campbell-Ryce is a prime example of this, he could turn up age 40 in a full-body cast and probably still get the better of our defence. I don’t pay that much attention to wider football these days so its only the players that fit into that category who I’m fearful of; the fact that the names Jon Stead and Adam Hammill are familiar to me makes me think they’ll cause us issues.
6) do you have a prediction for the game?
I suspect we’ll start brightly, nab a goal, look a bit shaky, escape some pressure, look like we might add a second only to concede an equaliser in the 78th minute and wind up hanging on for a point.