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Preview: Leeds United (H)

26 August 2013

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Rovers turn their attention to the cup competitions tomorrow evening as local rivals Leeds United come to town in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

United, who overcame Chesterfield in the first round of the competition, are enjoying life under manager Brian McDermott after the former Reading boss got the nod to take the Elland Road hotseat in April of this year.

McDermott’s men have made a solid start to their Championship campaign, and with four games played sit in the top six of the early league table.

Two wins and two draws so far mean that United are one of only a handful of teams yet to taste defeat in the Sky Bet Championship this season. 

Goals from Luke Varney and former Rovers forward Ross McCormack confirmed victory on the weekend against Ipswich Town giving the Elland Road outfit confidence coming into Tuesday’s cup-tie.

Rovers will be looking to put the disappointment of Saturday behind them, and continue the fantastic start to the season they have had, with progression into the third round.

Another fantastic performance saw Paul Dickov’s men take a 3-goal lead at the Valley, however the afternoon turned out far from what Dickov was hoping for.

With Rovers in total control of the game and three goals to the good, referee Lee Collins called a halt to proceedings, on the grounds of safety, to allow the Charlton ground staff to clear water from the pitch. 

After a 30-minute break play resumed. Charlton managed to pull a goal back with Simon Church slotting home after finding the ball at his feet in the Rovers penalty area.

Rovers went straight on the attack from the re-start and Theo Robinson thought he had restored the 3-goal lead but the for the linesman’s flag. 

Two quick fire yellow cards saw Paul Keegan sent for an early shower.

As the time for the beginning of the second half approached the Rovers players and management staff re-emerged from the tunnel with the message that the game had been abandoned.

The manner of the abandonment was one that disappointed the gaffer, however his message to the players was to get over that disappointment with progression in the cup.

Team News:
Paul Keegan’s red card against Charlton Athletic will stand and he will miss the game. Dean Furman will be the likely replacement for Keegan.

Jamie McCombe and Marc De Val remain on the sidelines as they recover from their respective injuries.

Leeds United could hand a debut to new signing Scott Wooton.

Dry evening expected with some sunny spells. Temperatures will remain in the 20’s throughout the evening.

Rovers Player:

Although there are no scheduled road works please allow extra time for your journey to allow for any unexpected delays. 

Live and exclusive coverage of Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United at Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 27th August 2013 will be available on Rovers Player from 7.30pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the evening.

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