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November 21, 2017
Wigan Athletic v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of this evening's away game at Wigan Athletic. They could be boosted by the return of Craig Alcock and Alfie Beestin, who both missed out on inclusion in the squad for Saturday's game at Fleetwood.
While continuing to improve, Alex Kiwomya, Alfie May, Luke McCullough, Danny Andrew and Ross Etheridge are still sidelined due to injury.
Wigan have a doubt over striker Nick Powell, who has been coping with a hamstring injury in recent games, and which forced his substitution in their game against Bradford City on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Christian Walton is nearing full fitness, but today's game is a little too soon for his return. Also missing this evening will be Craig Morgan (hip) and Shaun MacDonald (broken leg).
November 21, 2017
Ferguson out to win, but praises Wigan
Darren Ferguson is sending his Doncaster Rovers side to Wigan Athletic to win the game, even though he concedes that they probably have the best squad in League One.
But Rovers are on the back of a five match unbeaten run, and confidence is improving in the squad, which gives the Scot hope that they can do well this evening.
Speaking ahead of the game, he told DROS: "We’ve got a bit more belief and confidence within the side now and that’s linked in with the good run we’re on, we’ve always been able to play a number of formations. For me Wigan have got the best squad in the league, that doesn’t always mean you’ll be successful but they’ve got a very experienced manager who has done well in the game. They have a big squad and a lot of options to pick from, whatever team they play we will have to make sure we have a good performance."
In an interview with the Doncaster Star, he added: "It’s important we don’t go there and defend for 90 minutes. That’s not what we want to do. It’s important that when we have the ball, that we look after it well. Concentration is going to be key for the full game. We can’t switch off for a minute because they’ve got players who can hurt you, players that could easily play higher up. They’ve got a good squad that play in a specific way."
"For me, they’ve got the best squad in the division. That doesn’t mean they’re going to be successful but they’ve got an experienced manager (Paul Cook) who plays a certain way and won’t change. I’ve come up against him many times. They’ve got some very good players for this level. It’s going to be tough but I like to think that we’ve got some very good players as well and we go there to give them a game."
November 21, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials for this evening's away game at Wigan Athletic appointed by the Football League are:
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant referees: Mark Griffiths and Gareth Mellor
Fourth official: Simon Mather
November 21, 2017
Paterson goes Down Under
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Jamie Paterson has joined Australian club Peninsula Strikers, who are based in Melbourne. It is the first 'sighting' we have had of Paterson for around five years, but it appears that he has been in Australia for a while, having been at Dandenong Thunder and Mornington.
He has joined the club's coaching staff, with boss Andy O'Dell signing several new players ahead of their new season. O'Dell has joined the club from Altona City, where they won the league and State Cup.
November 21, 2017
Middleton moves to Halifax on loan
Former Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton has joined Vanarama National League club FC Halifax Town on a month's loan from League Two club Port Vale.
Middleton only joined Port Vale in the summer after being released at the end of his contract at Rovers, but has only started four games and been substitute in another two.
He made his Shay debut in their goalless draw against Woking on 11th November.
November 20, 2017
Fleetwood Town 0 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers became the first team so far this season to prevent Fleetwood Town from scoring in a home game, and there were only occasional opportunities for either side to break the deadlock in the game.
Rovers were perhaps marginally ahead in the chances created, but a draw was a fair result overall.
Darren Ferguson opted to start with the same team that drew with Rotherham United last weekend after praising the performance of his players in that televised game, and even though Rovers are still perilously close to the bottom four in the League One table, it did extend their unbeaten run to five matches, so there is every encouragement for the next few matches, especially since there are some challenging opponents in the next few weeks.
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