Wilson expects ‘rip roaring’ derby against buoyed Rovers

Chesterfield vs Sheffield United - Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Sheffield United - Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson - Pic By James Williamson

Danny Wilson wasn’t shocked by Doncaster Rovers’ win over Wigan on Saturday, and he expects a ‘rip roaring’ game against them tomorrow night.

Rovers provide the opposition at the Proact for Chesterfield’s third derby game in a row, but this is the only one of the three that involves a fellow relegation threatened side.

Wilson’s side are coming off a disappointing 3-0 beating at the hands of Sheffield United, while Rovers make the trip to Derbyshire on a high, following a 3-1 win over the League One leaders.

He’s predicting another full-blooded derby game, perhaps more in the manner of Chesterfield’s trip to Barnsley than Saturday’s one-sided affair against the Blades.

And he hopes to see players treating it accordingly with their performances.

“I’m expecitng a rip roaring game, a proper derby game with everything to play for,” he said.

“If we can win on Tuesday then it goes a long way towards helping us survive.

“It’s a massive game for both of us.

“Should we win it, it makes it that bit more difficult for Doncaster to catch us, if they win they can feel themselves within touching distance.

“I’m hoping we’ve got some big game players out there. These are games to relish, they’re great games to play in.”

Rovers might still be deep in trouble, six points off safety in 22nd position, but Wilson isn’t taking Tuesday’s visitors lightly - especially after they ended their 17-match winless streak.

“I think they’ve been very unfortunate in recent weeks, we’ve seen quite a few games and they’ve had a bit of bad luck, conceded a late goal at some stage,” he said.

“They’re not the worst team in the league by any stretch of the imagination.

“When we come up against them I expect it to be a very tough game for us, I’m hoping we’ll be as committed as I’m expecting them to be.

“I wasn’t surprised that they beat Wigan, they’ve always been a good side at home.

“They had a wretched run and you wonder how, they’ve been very unlucky.

“But they turned it around against many people’s league favourites and that will make them far more confident than they were a week before.”

As for his own side, Wilson revealed there are no fresh injury concerns, but the starting line-up may not mirror the one that took to the field on Saturday.

“Everyone is fine, no worries about the injury side of things, everyone is available to us,” he said.

“Jamal Campbell-Ryce is available for selection, there’s a few candidates who could come in.

“We’ve got the ability to change two or three positions which is good, it’s what’s needed, competitive edge and not a team who thinks they’ll be okay because there’s only them to play there.

“There could be changes, two or three maybe.”