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Preview: Rovers Aim To Tame Shrews

4 October 2012

Shrewsbury Town arrive in Doncaster on Saturday for the first time in nearly 15 years.

The sides have avoided each other since a win apiece in the 1997/98 season which saw Rovers drop in to non-league.

Darren Esdaille saw red in a 2-1 away defeat on the opening day of the season, but Prince Moncrieffe’s solitary strike was the difference in the return fixture – one of just four wins all season.

The hosts succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Preston North End on Tuesday night – David Cotterill’s deflected free kick the only real bright spot from a wet and windy evening down at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Boss Dean Saunders labelled the game ‘a bad day at the office’ after goals from Jack King, Scott Laird and Stuart Beavon put his side to the sword. A win against Graham Turner’s Shrews, who are yet to win away from 
Greenhous Meadow this term, would help turn fortunes around as Rovers go in search of the play-off places.

Loanee Iain Hume missed the match with his parent club Preston but could return to Dean Saunders’ starting XI for the Shrewsbury match following his strike in the impressive 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient in the Capital last weekend.

James Harper missed the midweek game due to a virus but should be fit for selection. Jamie McCombe is struggling with a hip injury and Martin Woods with concussion. Captain Rob Jones will be suspended for the game after he picked up his fifth booking of the season.

The list of players to have played for both sides is comprehensive and features Mark Atkins, David Button, Colin Cramb, Duane Derby, Waide Fairhurst, Graeme Lee, John McGrath, Kevin McIntyre, Sean Parrish and Ben Smith.

Head to head in Doncaster (league only): Rovers 3 wins, Town 2 wins, Draws 2.
Last meeting (Football League Division 3, 10/01/98, Belle Vue): 
Rovers 1 (Moncrieffe (75)) 
Shrews 0

Travel: A630 Balby Road – New section of inbound Bus Lane between Oswin Ave and Greenfield Lane - This will involve 24/7 inbound lane closures, with restricted outbound lane closures, although in the main these will be removed by 1530hrs to cater for the evening peak period. 

Rovers Player: Live and exclusive coverage of Doncaster Rovers v Shrewsbury Town at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 6th October 2012 will be available on Rovers Player from 2.45pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the afternoon. 

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Weather: Mainly dry and sunny however isolated showers are possible. 

Temperature:  Min  10oC – Max 14oC


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