In the build up to our Capital One Cup game away at Doncaster Rovers, I asked Donny fan Declan McAteer a few questions and his prediction ahead of the game.
Firstly, how do you see Doncaster doing this season and have you made any new signings over the summer?
I think we’ll shock people this season by avoiding relegation with the signings we’ve made. The new additions to the squad will definitely add depth and more quality. We’ve signed Theo Robinson (Derby) Harry Forrester (Brentford) Marc de Val Fernandez (Real Madrid) Bongani Khumalo (Tottenham – Loan) Reece Wabara (Manchester City – Loan) Ross Turnbull (Chelsea) Mark Duffy (Scunthorpe) Richie Wellens (Leicester City) Dean Furman (Oldham) Sanchez Payne (Ex Leeds) on trial, had a few reserves game and looks promising. Luke McCullough (Manchester United).
Do you feel that Doncaster are more suitably equipped to life in the Championship this time round?
Yes, with the new signings as I’ve mentioned earlier, will give quality back up for possible injuries. Also, this time round we have team spirit mainly from last season winning League One title.
How is the prolific Billy Paynter getting on with you?
With 13 goals in the league last season it shows he’s been a good addition to the squad. But this season he’s dropped down the pile with the signing of Robinson and a great pre-season from Chris Brown. He came on late against Wigan and hit the bar with a header so he could be used as a super sub like Adam Le Fondre.
What’s the general opinion of Leeds United from a Doncaster Rovers supporter?
Personally, I don’t mind Leeds but some fans can be total idiots. I used to hate Leeds when Ken Bates was there but now he’s out of the picture, I don’t mind.
For any of our traveling fans, can you recommend pubs for our fans to go to/stay away from?
The Beefeater is a 2 min walk away from Keepmoat and I’ve seen plenty of away fans there in the past. There can be a few Donny fans there but if you leave them alone I’m sure they’ll leave you alone.
Who should we look out for as your danger man?
Theo Robinson probably. He’s quick, young and can punish in the box. Maybe David Cotterill too. He’s quick and agile.
What formation will you likely play? What will be your likely line up?
Possibly a 4-2-3-1 formation. Turnbull; Wabara, Jones, Khumalo, Husband; Cotterill, Brown, Coppinger; Robinson.
Any players from Leeds that you would like to sign?
Paul Green. Doncaster youth and had a great engine in him. Still got an engine but he’s getting older and probably not as fit.
Is the cup important to you?
I don’t find it that important but Dickov likes a cup run. He beat Liverpool last season with Oldham in the cup so Dickov would like a good cup run.
Finally, prediction for the game?
2-1 Donny. Robinson and Brown with McCormack scoring for Leeds.
All of us at Leeds All Over would like to thank Declan (@DRFC_McAteer) for taking the time to answer our questions and we would love to hear your views on these questions and your predicted line up and score for the game tomorrow. Look forward to hearing from you.