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Preview: Oldham Athletic

30 November 2012

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Rovers face Oldham Athletic, for the second time in a week, on Saturday in the 2nd round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Rovers progressed through to the second round after a home victory against Bradford Park Avenue, and were subsequently drawn to play Oldham Athletic at Boundray Park just days after the re-arranged home league game.

The league game on Tuesday evening ended in victory for Rovers which lifted Dean Saunders men to joint top of npower League One. David Cotterill’s quickly-taken second half free-kick secured the point for Rovers and extended the current winning streak to four games.

An even first half saw the sides go in at the break on level terms. Rovers came out for the second period looking to take an early advantage, however had to wait until the 69th minute to make the break through. Rovers dominated the play for much of the second half and held on to seal the three points and continue the fantastic form which has seen the team rise to joint league leaders.

The victory against Oldham has seen Rovers claim seventh position in the Football League Power Rankings behind the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Click HERE for the full table. 

From the Training Ground:
Dean Saunders:
“We beat Bradford Park Avenue, which was a bit of a banana skin tie for us and the reward was Oldham in this round but the rewards after this round could be massive for us. 

“This competition is one of the streams of revenue, so it’s important for the club but it’s also really important for the players and their careers. They’ve got a chance to show everybody live on TV, if we get a plumb draw, how good a team they are - you have to earn them sorts of draws by beating teams like Oldham.”    

Team News:
David Cotterill is suspended for the game after picking up his fifth booking in the league game against Oldham on Tuesday night. 

Iain Hume is also suspended for the game after receiving two bookings against Oldham.

Martin Woods will also miss the game after suffering a pulled thigh midweek.

Billy Paynter and Andy Griffin are 50-50 for the tie and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Largely dry and fine day with some sunshine. Feeling cold across all areas.
Max Temperature: 3oC
Min Temperature: 2oC 

Allow extra time for your journey to Boundary Park due to speed restrictions on M62.

Where To Drink:
The closest pub is the Clayton Green, which is a Brewers Fayre outlet and can be found two hundred yards from the corner of the Main Stand and the Chaddy End, on Sheepfoot Lane. There is also the Greyhound pub, which is across Broadway down Holden Fold Lane. Away supporters are recommended to visit The Old Grey Mare pub which is situated close to Boundray Park. 

Rovers Player:
Live and exclusive coverage of Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers at Boundray Park on Saturday 1st December 2012 will be available on Rovers Player from 2.45pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the afternoon. 

Rovers Player is the official online video service for all things Doncaster Rover. Sign up now for access to premium Rovers content without the premium price tag. Click HERE for more details or to sign up. 

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