Tuesday 17th February 2015 (7:45pm), Sky Bet League One, Keepmoat Stadium.Doncaster Rovers go in search of their third double of the season on Tuesday night when they face Swindon Town at Keepmoat Stadium.
Paul Dickov’s men have recorded maximums against Yeovil Town and Colchester United already this term and, having defeated the Robins 1-0 at the County Ground earlier in the campaign, stand a good chance of repeating the feat.
Standing in their way will be Mark Cooper’s Town who are still on the promotion trail after a rocky patch saw them record just one win in 6 games, before back to back wins over Notts County and Port Vale.
Dickov’s side have also faltered slightly of late, taking just one win in the last calendar month – which was compounded by Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of play-off chasing rivals Peterborough United.
Rovers have history in their favour though when welcoming the Wiltshire club to South Yorkshire with the visitors having NEVER won on Doncaster soil.
In fact, they haven’t scored in the town for over a decade.
The pair have not met at the Keepmoat Stadium since April 2013 in a televised encounter where Jamie McCombe’s late header from David Cotterill’s set piece carried Doncaster’s promotion charge going as Brian Flynn’s side won 1-0. Town would end the season by bowing out in the play off semi finals to Brentford.
This term, Rovers have continued their mini-hoodoo over the County Ground outfit. A compelling game in December saw the visitors go ahead when Theo Robinson converted a penalty won by Dean Furman.
Though Cooper’s side rattled the woodwork and troubled Sam Johnstone, they could not follow suit through Michael Smith’s spot kick which was saved by the Manchester United loanee ‘keeper.
Attendance – 8106
DRFC 1 (McCombe, 80)
Last time out (1st April 2013):
DRFC – G Woods, J McCombe, A Griffin, T Spurr, R Jones, J Lundstram, J Coppinger, D Cotterill, D Furman, C Brown (B Paynter, 88), K Bennett (I Hume, 66)
STFC - W Foderingham, D Ward, A Flint, N Byrne, M Luongo, A McCormack, S Ferry, D Parrett (R De Vita, 82), A Navarro (G Roberts, 82), A Rooney, J Collins
Head to head league results (in Doncaster):
Rovers – 6
STFC – 0
Draws – 3
Rovers - Rovers could call on James Coppinger (ankle) after he missed Saturday’s home defeat to Peterborough, which celebrated his eleven year tenure at the club. Paul Keegan (knee) is a long term casualty. Kyle Bennett and Abdul Razak will be pushing for starts.
STFC – Massimo Luongo should shake off a knock sustained in Saturday’s win. Youth ‘keeper Connor Johns will take a place on the bench in the absence of second choice Ty Belford.
Fancy a flutter? Rovers 11/5, Draw 9/4, Swindon 29/20.
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