Tuesday 7th October (7:30pm), JPT Round 2, Pirelli Stadium.Doncaster Rovers enter the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the Second Round stage on Tuesday evening when they travel to face League Two outfit Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
Rovers, who won the competition in 2007 when they defeated Bristol Rovers 3-2 after extra time in Cardiff, received a bye in the first round and have not played in the tournament since December 2012 where Dean Saunders’ men were beaten on penalties by Crewe Alexandra despite knocking out holders Chesterfield in the previous round.
The sides had not met before Rovers’ successful 2002/03 season in the Football Conference and have not crossed paths since.
During that campaign, it was the South Yorkshiremen who triumphed on both occasions. Goals from Paul Barnes and Robert Gill, prior to Jason Kavanagh’s penalty, saw off the Brewers at Eton Park in the debut meeting between the sides.
The return yielded a dogged 1-0 win from Rovers, who had Barnes again to thank for his goalscoring exploits.
Last time out (Sat 22nd Feb 2003):
DRFC 1 (Barnes, 54)
Burton Albion 0
Attendance – 3026
DRFC – A Warrington, S Marples, S Foster, T Ryan, C Beech, J Blunt, P Green, R Ravenhill, W Peyton, P Barnes, J Jackson
Burton – L Camp, T Henshaw, D Wassall, C Hoyle, A Webster, C Dudley, D Stride, N Clough, A Sinton, A Ducros, C Moore
Head to head results (in Burton):
Rovers – 1
Albion – 0
Draws – 0
Rovers – Dean Furman, Marko Marosi and Luke McCullough (international call ups) will not be available for selection, however Cedric Evina could return from illness. The game may come too soon for Curtis Main, while Rob Jones is the only notable long term absentee.
Albion – Gary Rowett, a former Leicester teammate of Paul Dickov’s, could be tempted to rotate following Friday’s home defeat to Cambridge and an impending away game at Northampton on Saturday.
Fancy a flutter? Rovers 9/5, Draw 23/10, Burton 6/4
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