DONCASTER ROVERS: Rovers chasing first double of season

Skipper: George Friend is hoping for a third successive clean sheet
Skipper: George Friend is hoping for a third successive clean sheet

DONCASTER Rovers’ skipper George Friend will be hoping to lead the club to their first double of the season in the last game of the 2011-12 campaign home to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Rovers picked up a 3-2 in over the Tractor Boys at Portman Road on Bonfire Night - a win which they hoped at the time would turn their season around.

“We led 3-0 at half-time and played really well that day,” recalled the 24-year-old defender.

Rovers go into the game having kept clean sheets in back-to-back league games for the first time this season.

“As a defender that is very pleasing because we’ve conceded too many goals this season,” said Friend. “We’ll be looking to keep another clean sheet on Saturday.”

Unlucky to finish empty-handed in the controversial 4-3 home defeat against Portsmouth - a result which confirmed their relegation to League One - Rovers have bounced back and picked up four points from successive away games at Middlesbrough and Coventry City.

Friend admits that Rovers’ mini-revival has come too late to save them but praises the professionalism of his team-mates.

“We were all gutted after the Portsmouth result, not least because of the circumstances,” he said.

“It would have been easy for heads to go down and just go through the motions in our last three games but we were determined to go down fighting - not least for the fans because we didn’t want them to be paying out good money and us not performing.

“We’ve shown a lot of character in our last two games and we’ll be looking to do so again on Saturday because it is always important to end the season on a winning note. Ipswich probably haven’t done as well as they would have hoped but they are still a decent team.”