DONCASTER ROVERS may still be anxiously looking over their shoulders towards the drop zone, but manager Paul Dickov insists all the pressure this afternoon is on opponents Ipswich Town.
Rovers have work to do to secure their Championship status after spurning the chance to reach safety in the past week with back-to-back losses to Birmingham and Bolton.
Up next for Rovers, four points above third-from-bottom Millwall with five games left, are tough tests against play-off chasing Ipswich and Derby.
Dickov says the welter of expectation is on both to win, with Ipswich easing to a 3-0 away victory on Boxing Day against an injury-ravaged Rovers side.
Rovers should at least prove much stiffer opponents today, with Dickov saying: “There is pressure on them, but they will be going into games with a lot of confidence and on a roll after the results they’ve picked up.
“The pressure on Ipswich will be the expectation of getting the win. For us there is the opportunity to play with a little bit of freedom because we’re not expected to get anything.
“Everyone will be looking at the game and thinking it’s an Ipswich win – except us.”
Richie Wellens (foot) is a major doubt for Rovers, along with Lucas Neill (hamstring), rated as “touch and go”.
Last six games: Ipswich LWWDLW, Doncaster DWLWLL.
Last time: Ipswich 2 Doncaster 3; November 5, 2011; Championship.
Referee: G Scott (Oxon).