Doncaster Rovers welcome Championship leaders Ipswich Town to South Yorkshire on Tuesday evening, looking to kickstart their 2015/16 season.
Rovers have previous against the Tractor Boys having dumped them out at exactly the same stage of this competition 11 years ago with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals Ricky Ravenhill and Jermaine McSporran.
Paul Dickov will be looking to rekindle some of the Belle Vue spirit against a Mick McCarthy side that is flying high in the second tier following last season’s play-off semi final heartache at the hands of near neighbours Norwich City.
While McCarthy’s side – who overcame Stevenage at Portman Road in the previous round – recorded their third straight win against Preston North End, the resilience of Dickov’s men was breached as they were handed their first defeat of the season on Saturday in a less than flattering 3-0 loss at the hands of Port Vale.
Doncaster are a different proposition on their own patch though as the attackers of Bury, Leeds United and Southend United will testify – with the Keepmoat Stadium only seeing one ‘legitimate’ opposition goal being scored this term.
Rovers overcame Leeds United in the previous round having won 4-2 on penalties against their Yorkshire rivals, thus inflicting the first ever first round exit upon Uwe Rosler’s side.
TEAM NEWS: Harry Forrester and Nathan Tyson will both miss out through injury. The game will come too soon for both Paul Keegan and Dany N’Guessan.
Sat 12th April 2014:
ITFC - 2 (Murphy, 47; Chambers, 86)
DRFC - 1 (Brown (pen), 83)
Attendance – 19496
ITFC - D Gerken, T Mings, L Chambers, C Berra, T Smith, J Williams (F Richardson, 89), C Skuse, P Anderson (S Ebanks-Blake, 45), L Hyam, S Hunt (F Nouble, 45), D Murphy
DRFC - S Johnstone, P Quinn, G Tamas, A Meite (T Robinson, 89), J Husband (E Stevens, 80), J Coppinger, D Cotterill, D Furman (M Duffy, 77), P Keegan, B Sharp, C Brown
HEAD TO HEAD: Cup results (in Doncaster): Rovers – 1 ITFC – 0 Draws – 0
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? DRFC 12/5; Draw 5/2; ITFC 5/4.
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