Irish midfielder tells press that Rovers need to justify themselves and owe City a game.Paul Keegan says that Doncaster Rovers “owe” Bristol City a game following September’s League humbling.
The Robins swept ten man Rovers aside on that day 3-0 and the Irish midfielder hinted that it was time for payback.
“We owe them a game in my opinion,” began Keegan.
“We didn’t play well, we had a man sent off and it’s a tough place to go and I’d like to go there and show we’re a good team. They know they’re in a big game now.
“They’ll be thinking that they’re going to turn us over having got the draw at our place.
“If anyone was there at the Keepmoat we showed that we could and should have beaten them and we go there with confidence.”
Rovers’ tails are certainly up after a dramatic final 20 minutes at Boundary Park on Saturday saw them extend their unbeaten run to five games, drawing 2-2 with Oldham having been two goals down.
“The spirit we have is brilliant and the run we’re on is great but we just need to turn the draws in to wins and keep going,” he said.
“It was disappointing to concede two at Oldham like we did but in recent matches we’ve been very tight and haven’t conceded many goals but it’s all about converting those results to help push us up the table.”
The 30 year old won the Irish equivalent of the FA Cup with Drogheda United in 2005 and joked about a repeat with Doncaster.
“It’d be nice to win this one too, I’d take that,” he said.
“We’ve all watched it as kids growing up and everybody loves to see the earlier round and upsets when the games are on BBC and ITV and that’s what I watched as a kid and there was a good atmosphere in the game at home and we should have gone on to win but now we’ve got a second chance to put it right.”