Charlton striker Josh Parker expects Doncaster Rovers will be on the receiving end of a hostile atmosphere as they come to The Valley for the second-leg of the play-off semi-final tie.
The Addicks took a slender one-goal advantage home from the Keepmoat Stadium after strikes from Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo earned them a 2-1 win in Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon.
The South Londoners are on course for a near sell-out of the home areas for Friday evening’s decisive fixture and Parker reckons the visitors will be wary of taking on a side who are unbeaten at home in seven months.
“They’ll have that in the back of their mind,” said Parker.
“They’ll be thinking that they don’t want to go there. They’d have been hoping to have won [on Sunday] and then see what happens at The Valley. Now the ball is in our court and we’ve just got to carry on doing what we’re doing.
“It’s going to be horrible for them. Their fans were getting out sung by Charlton fans. To have 20,000 fans on top of you every time you touch the ball is going to knock their confidence. If they say it wouldn’t then they’re lying. It does play a part.
“I’m really excited. It’s hard to come [to the Keepmoat Stadium] but for them to come to The Valley is a whole different kettle of fish. They won’t be looking forward to that. They’re behind so they’re going to have to chase the game, which benefits us as we’re so comfortable on the ball that we’ll just end up picking them off, in my opinion.”
Matty Blair’s fortuitous late goal has given Rovers a lifeline in the tie and Parker says that his side aren’t counting any chickens just yet as they look to return to Wembley for the first time since the epic 1998 Division One play-off final against Sunderland.
“The boys know where they want to be so they know they can’t get ahead of themselves. Thinking we won 2-1, played quite well and they didn’t have many chances so we’re already at Wembley. The team doesn’t work like that. The team is very humble and will keep their feet on the floor because they know how quickly things can change.
“We’ve seen what happened in the Champions League over the last couple of weeks, 2-0 or 3-0 doesn’t make a difference. Our task remains the same. We go out there, keep the ball and work hard. When we do those things we win games, as simple as that.
“We’re delighted. If we had been given that result before the game we would have taken it. It’s a hard place to come and we did our job. We all stuck to our task and came away with a 2-1 win.”
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