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7 January 2020

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Rovers will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League One as they host Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

Rovers beat Oxford United on New Year's Day thanks to a first-half strike from Reece James, bouncing back from defeat to Sunderland prior to the turn of the year.

The Shrews recent form

The Shrews come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw away at Championship side Bristol City on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup, earning a replay in the Robins where they could potentially face European and World champions Liverpool in the next round.

They last played in the league on December 29 where they drew 1-1 away at Bolton Wanderers, as Daniel Udoh earned the Shrews a point, equalising against the 10-man Trotters in the second half.

Their last win in the league came on December 21 as they beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road thanks to Fejiri Okenabihrie's second-half penalty.

Who's the gaffer?

Sam Ricketts is the man in charge of the Shrews, taking the reins in December 2018 following the departure of John Askey. Previously, Ricketts was in charge at National League side Wrexham, lasting six months at the Racecourse Ground before his short hop across the border.

Ricketts brings with him a wealth of experience playing in the top divisions of English football, notably winning promotion to the Premier League with Hull City, whilst also playing their with Bolton. He also has experience of promotion from this level, having captained Wolves to the League One title in 2014.

The former Wales international has overseen 63 games so far during his time with the Shrews, winning 20, drawing 24 and losing 19, leaving him with a total win percentage of 31.7 per cent.

Ones to watch

SEAN GOSS

Born in Germany, the midfielder spent eight years with the Exeter City academy before making the switch to Manchester United in 2012. He made his United debut in a pre-season friendly against Paris St Germain in 2015, though he never made a senior showing for the Red Devils. He moved to QPR in 2017, though again has rarely featured and instead went on loan spells in Scotland, firstly with Rangers then St Johnstone. Goss joined the Shrews on loan from the R's at the beginning of this season, making his debut against Rochdale in August. Goss scored the equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw away at Bristol City in the FA Cup.

FEJIRI OKENABIRHIE

The front man joined the Shrews from National League side Dagenham and Redbridge in June 2018, and scored his first goals in a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Trophy. He finished his first season in Shropshire with 16 goals in 49 games, the last of which ensured that the Shrews would remain in League One for the following campaign. Eligible to play for Nigeria through his parents, Okenabirhie played five times for the England C side, scoring four goals, making his debut against a Panjab FA select side at Solihull Moors' Damson Park ground in May 2017.

Who's the ref?

Ben Toner will be the man in the middle for the game with the Shrews, you can read more about him here.

Last time out

The Shrews ran out winners at Montogomery Waters Meadow last season, with goals from Josh Laurent and Tyrese Campbell seeing them earn three points after a 2-0 win.

Tickets for Tuesday night's game Sky Bet League One clash with Shrewsbury Town are still available from the Club Doncaster Box Office.


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