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Blair is prepared

22 December 2017

Matty Blair says the Rovers players are prepared for the busy Christmas schedule.

Rovers face four Sky Bet League One games in 10 days starting with Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers and concluding with a New Year’s Day visit to Peterborough United.

The only day off the players can expect off is Christmas Day itself.

He said: “You are in the same position as the other teams, so it’s not like you’re doing it but the other side aren’t. So we are all in the same boat. 

“It’s the importance of sleep, recovery and nutrition. That is down to us, the fitness coaches and the gaffer.  Christmas for a footballer isn’t that important, it’s just another working week for us which is part and parcel of the job.”

The visit of Northampton Town on Boxing Day is dedicated to the Campaign Against Living Miserably charity, which is dedicated to men’s mental health.

Blair is the programme cover star for the fixture, and uses his programme interview to discuss the support the club gave him as he came to terms with the death of his brother this summer.

He added: “My family are great, I love them to bits and we look after each other. That is a given, but from a work side of it I honestly don’t think I could have been treated any better.

“To have your boss, colleagues and the people you work for say whatever you need to do, to get yourself right and stress there was no pressure from their behalf is special. I felt I had thousands of people supporting me. I had people coming up to me randomly asking if I was ok, saying to feel free to call or message them. 

“It gives you a warm sense of pride. It helps that you can focus solely on what you need to do, and not about the other things I might have had to worry about if I was in a different job or maybe even a different football club. It felt that everybody involved at Doncaster Rovers and the wider community had my back in supporting me through the toughest moment of my life. I was talking about this with my mum and she agrees, she said: ‘I don’t think you could be in a better place with the people you have around you’.” 

Tickets for Rovers’ festive games with Northampton Town and Rochdale are still available via the Club Doncaster Box Office, and they can be purchased by either visiting in-store at the Keepmoat Stadium, by calling on 01302 762576, or by buying online at

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