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January 20, 2018
Shrewsbury Town v Rovers
It looks likely that Darren Ferguson will select from an unchanged squad for this afternoon's tricky away game at Shrewsbury Town, with no new injury or suspension issues to contend with.
Luke McCullough successfully played 45 minutes of the Development XI game during the week, but is set to play at least one more reserve game before being considered. Striker Alex Kiwomya is expected t play his first game in the next Development XI game, with the Portsmouth game next month pencilled in as a possible debut game for him.
Danny Andrew, Andy Williams and Ross Etheridge are also injured and imminent returns are not expected for any of them.
Ferguson may shuffle his pack though, as he expressed concern during the week over the inability to convert goal-scoring chances, with midfielder Ben Whiteman hoping to start after being a substitute last weekend.
Shrewsbury look set to include recent signing Luke Hendrie, who was prevented in playing in their FA Cup replay against West Ham during the week as he had joined the club after the original game between the two sides. Apart from that, there are no injury concerns that have been publicised, although boss Paul Hurst has expressed a concern about fatigue in the squad after their FA Cup game which was taken to extra time.
January 20, 2018
Ferguson expecting tough game
Darren Ferguson knows that Rovers will have to be on form if they are to take the points from this afternoon's game at Shrewsbury Town.
Shrewsbury have outperformed pre-season expectations and lie second in the table, having won 10 out of their 12 home games, which is an impressive statistic in itself.
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "Shrewsbury are a very good team who are having an excellent season, deservedly so. The manager has done a fantastic job in how they play. It will be a big, big test for us. They play a specific way and everyone knows their job and works for each other and it is a real team. There are similarities to ourselves in that they leave everything out there and I believe that my players do that as well. We will have to match their energy as they keep going and going."
He also said to the Doncaster Free Press: "They’ll be at it and they’ll be in your face. So it’ll be a tough game. They gave us a tough game here. I thought a draw would have been the right result on that night but they scored late on. They do score a lot of late goals which I think is testament to their team spirit. We’ll prepare as best we can and I’ll pick a team that hopefully can get a result."
January 20, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Shrewsbury Town are:
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistant referees: Barry Cropp and Dean Treleaven
Fourth official: Nigel Smith
January 20, 2018
Barnes moves to Mexico
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has ended his six year footballing stay in the United States to move south of the border to play in Mexican football.
He has signed Mexican side Club Leon after being released by Orlando City at the end of their 2017 season. During his time in America, he also played for Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo. His MLS career saw him play 157 games, scoring 36 goals and 17 assists, with his best season coming in 2014 when he was at Houston Dynamo, scoring 11 goals in 34 games. He has also been capped by Jamaica during that time.