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PREVIEW: DONCASTER ROVERS (A)

24 December 2015

The Iron will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to local rivals Doncaster on Boxing Day.

Former United striker Billy Sharp scored the only goal as the Iron lost to Sheffield United last time, and they will hope to bounce back on Saturday.

They come up against a Doncaster side that has started to climb the League One table after a slow start to the season.

Darren Ferguson has helped to instigate this, taking over from former boss Paul Dickov who was relieved of his duties in September.

Both sides will be aiming for three points, with the play-off places not too far off for either club.



Mark Robins confirmed that he has no new injury worries going into the short trip to Doncaster, with Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey his only long-term absentees.

Midfielder Stephen Dawson is now back from injury, and defender David Mirfin is also nearing full fitness.

The Iron boss may look to rotate his squad though with a quick turnaround of fixtures in a few days.



Andy Williams has shown the sort of form that led Doncaster to signing him in the summer, with his goals helping lift them up the table.

He has found the net ten times already this season, building on an impressive year with Swindon last campaign where he found the net 22 times.

Williams started his career with Hereford, enjoying a few good seasons with the club before joining Bristol Rovers, although he could not replicate the same form.

He moved back to Hereford on loan twice during his spell with Rovers and ended up leaving the club in 2010 to join Yeovil.

The striker proved to be a hit at the Somerset club, enjoying a couple of prolific seasons before joining Swindon, again proving to be a success.

His goals nearly helped fire the club to promotion last season, but they lost the play-off final to Preston, and he swapped Swindon for Doncaster in the summer.



The Iron’s last trip to Doncaster was on the final day of last season and saw the hosts win a seven-goal thriller 5-2.

A Niall Canavan own goal put United behind early on and that was soon followed up by goal from Nathan Tyson.

The hosts made it 3-0 before the break as former Iron Rob Jones headed home on the stroke of half-time to seemingly seal the victory.

The Iron did get a goal back as Andy Butler put through his own net, but two Tyson penalties gave him a hat-trick and helped Doncaster on their way to three points.

Hakeeb Adelakun did get another goal for the Iron in the final minute, but it proved to be just a consolation.



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