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Matty's Mind Games

18 November 2016

Blair hopes Rovers scare teams before a ball has been kicked and prolong unbeaten run.

Matty Blair has put the pressure on teams coming to Keepmoat Stadium and hinted that it is up to the opposition to take Doncaster’s unbeaten home record away from them.


Prior to the visit of Hartlepool United on Saturday, Rovers are without defeat on their own turf this season and Blair heralded potential psychological advantages.


“We are now getting that little bit between our teeth at home where we are very resilient and confident here,” he said.


“It’s getting to a point where teams could be beaten before they’ve even turned up. It’s what you want when you’re going out on to the pitch, when you know you’ve got the better of somebody then it’s massively important.


“To maybe put fear in to the Hartlepool fans, players and coaches before they’ve even got off the boss then we’ll have one over on them – a little psychological battle – straight away and that’s massively important.


“I think we’re the top goal scorers in the league at the moment, players who can score at any time during the game.”


Blair, who has chipped in with two goals this season, has played all but ten minutes of the season thus far and is enjoying his time in South Yorkshire immensely.


“There’s the team spirit and the morale of the place, the manager with his experience, it all just is going nicely in the right direction,” he said.


“The fans are getting behind us, hopefully more and more will start coming. This place becomes a fortress and it just becomes one big massive push towards where everybody wants to be.


“It’s not just one individual, it’s a team effort with the staff around the ground coming in with smiles on their faces. Everybody is smiling at the moment which is so important, it’s a nice place to come, a nice place to be and a nice place to work and that makes a big difference.


“We’ve done a bit of analysis on them (Hartlepool) and they are a very good footballing team but so are we and we will be better than them – we have to be – as it’s a big game for us to go and get three points and keep this run and go “win, win, win, win” in to the next batch of games.”


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