McAllister has no plans to lose at Wembley

Last updated : 25 May 2008 By Morris (doncaster)
Gary McAllister was part of the Leeds Utd team that were beaten in the 1996 League Cup Final by Aston Villa and he doesn't want to experience that low feeling again today.

McAllister realises he faces a tough local derby against Doncaster Rovers for the right to play Championship football next season.

"We're going in against a side who are in good form and Sean (O'Driscoll) will be saying the same things to his players," Mc Allister said.

"It's a moment in your life where you want to be the guy who's celebrating at the end.

"But there's going to be a loser as well. I've been one of them before and it's much better coming away with the right result."

The game looks set to be a tight affair. Both league encounters between the sides this season ended 1 - 0 to the away side. We've seen in the past week the FA Cup Final and the Championship play off final both settled by a single goal and it's possible today's game could go the same way.

"I think it will be tight and close. It's set up for a good game because these are two decent sides," Mc Allister continued.

"It might come down to the team who plays the best on the day and takes away their nerves.

"But there are no thoughts of negativity and the biggest satisfaction for me would be for this group of players to get the accolades and the praise. I keep reiterating that because it is about the players.

"I don't want to give away anything that I'll be saying in the changing room beforehand.

"That's a very private time between the players, the coaches and me.

"But for the whole night before, I'll be thinking of the experiences that I had sat in the changing room before a big game. Then we'll go onto the pitch together."