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In opposition: Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth

13 March 2013

npower League 1 table-toppers Doncaster Rovers host Portsmouth this weekend in what is likely to be an interesting match at the Keepmoat Stadium.

One team needs the victory to continue their push towards the npower Championship, while the other needs the win to keep up their hopes of staving off relegation to npower League 2. Here, we preview the encounter with the help of a fan from each club.


Name: Luke Robshaw.

Club: Doncaster Rovers.

Number of years as a supporter: I went to my first game 15 years ago, so since then.

Favourite moment as a fan: The Trophy victory at the Millennium Stadium in 2007 is up there but the League 1 Play-Off Final win against Leeds United in 2008 is the one.

How many games a season do you attend? As many as I can fit in around other commitments.

Where do you sit? Wherever I get a ticket, it varies to be honest.

Name: Carl Rogerson.

Club: Portsmouth.

Number of years as a supporter: 30 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: Our days in the Premier League were brilliant, and of course the FA Cup win.

How many games a season do you attend? Most home matches and the odd away.

Where do you sit? Fratton End, of course.



What happened in your last match?

LR: Well, our last game, on Tuesday, was called off but last weekend we beat Bournemouth away - a late goal from James Husband sealing the victory.

CR: We lost 1-0 away at Leyton Orient, after three matches unbeaten.

Why is this game important?

LR: We're top of the league and need to stay there. Enough said.

CR: Well, we're eight points adrift of safety and as every game goes by, our chances of survival become slimmer. We just need to get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season and hope others slip up.

How do you see this game going?

LR: Portsmouth are fighting for their lives which will make it interesting, but I think we have enough about us to get a win.

CR: It's going to be tough with Doncaster sitting top. I just hope they underestimate us and we win.

Who should we keep our eye on?

LR: My favourite player is David Cotterill, so him.

CR: Patrick Agyemang and David Connolly are both a handful up front and they have been finding the net recently.

Any memories of previous encounters?

LR: I remember the 4-3 thriller at our place last year. Bad memories.

CR: The 1-0 loss at home earlier in the season and the convincing 3-1 win for us last season in the Championship.

Score prediction?

LR: I think we'll win 2-0.

CR: 1-1.

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