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PREVIEW: Rovers v Latics

30 August 2014

Keepmoat Stadium, 30th August (3pm), Sky Bet League 1.


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Latics – 1
Draws – 8
Rovers – 9
Head to head (at Doncaster):


G Woods, J McCombe, P Quinn, T Spurr, R Jones, D Cotterill, P Keegan (D Syers, 62), J Harper, B Paynter (C Brown, 79), I Hume, K Bennett (J Husband, 83) DRFC –

D Bouzanis, C Byrne, J-Y Mvoto, J Grounds, R Wabara, Y M'Changama (C Montano, 83), L Croft, J Wesolowski, D Furman, J Baxter, M Smith      OAFC -

4252
Boundary Park
League 1
Doncaster Rovers 2 (Jones; Syers 90)
Oldham Athletic 1 (M'Changama, 27)
Last Meeting (26/12/12):

OAFC – Rhys Turner will miss out for the visitors, while former Rovers triallist Amari Morgan-Smith will push for a starting place.
DRFC – Curtis Main (knee) is the only anticipated absentee and he is progressing well in his recovery. Jamie McCombe, Rob Jones and Harry Forrester all come in to contention.
Team news:

Rovers, in typical fashion, fought back to claim the three points though and Dave Syers’ injury time winner made it a very festive Christmas period in South Yorkshire.

Again, Saunders and his side got off to a good start, courtesy of Captain Rob Jones, but that was to be cancelled out by Youssuf M'Changama, whose effort was too hot for Gary Woods to hold.

It was 26th December 2012 and with Rovers pushing for top spot in League 1, they headed across the Pennines aiming to settle a score.

Robbie Blake put Dean Saunders’ visitors ahead before Reece Wabara equalised. A second half double from Matt Derbyshire was enough to sink Rovers, who were due back on Boxing Day.

It was on Oldham’s route to the Liverpool win that they would defeat Rovers in the FA Cup second round at Boundary Park. Just four days after David Cotterill’s free kick had settled a feisty league game at the Keepmoat, which saw Dean Bouzanis and Iain Hume sent off, Dickov’s side got their revenge at the expense of Rovers.

Dickov, who masterminded Athletic’s shock FA Cup win over Liverpool in 2012/13, was at it once again on Tuesday night when his Rovers side saw off Championship promotion chasers Watford in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Rovers haven’t won on home soil this term, despite their sparkling away form which has seen them scoop four wins from four and will look to change that against a winless Latics side, who have only ever won once (in November 2007) in Doncaster.

Paul Dickov will be hoping it’s a case of ‘third time lucky’ for his troops when his Doncaster side face his former employers Oldham Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

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