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September 17, 2017
Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Darren Ferguson will be hoping that Doncaster Rovers can get their stuttering start to the season back into winning in this afternoon's home game against Scunthorpe United. Rovers have not won in their last five league games, with some disappointing results and performances along the way.
Rovers have suffered the blow of learning that they will be without midfielder Tommy Rowe for today's clash, which comes on top of the continuing absence of Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Mathieu Baudry, Alex Kiwomya and Ross Etheridge. Even so, the Rovers boss is likely to tinker with his starting eleven in the hope of finding a winning formula - and not conceding a goal early in the game will certainly help towards that quest.
Scunthorpe are set to include new striker Lee Novak, who joined the Iron on transfer deadline day, but has yet to open his goal scoring account. Scunthorpe are expected to have a virtually unchanged side today to the defeat against Blackburn on Tuesday. Murray WAllace played much of last weekend's game with a 'dead leg', while midfielder Andrew Croft and Jonny Margetts continue to be absent due to injury.
September 17, 2017
Ferguson - the result is most important
In his pre-match press conference, boss Darren Ferguson said that he wants a win in this afternoon's game, even if the result came at the expense of the performance. Rovers are in need of a morale boost after a series of disappointing results lately, and a win against some local rivals would be a good way to achieve that
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "I’d always take a horrible, scruffy 1-0 win. That’s something that we spoke about at length for Rochdale - focus on the result and then we’ll analyse the performance. It was so nearly one of those scrappy 1-0 wins and should’ve been. The result is the most important thing on Sunday. But you have to play a certain way to get that result."
"There are certain things you need to do well; you need to compete, you need to make sure you win your tackles and you need to make sure that you do all things relevant to a derby. We need to be intense, but we need to have composure and play with the ability we’ve got and keep the shape we are going to play. If it’s all running around, headless chicken stuff with the ball, it’s not going to work. We need to be aggressive but solid as well."
September 17, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Scunthorpe United are:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Declan Ford and Graeme Fyvie
Fourth official: Paul Hodskinson