Opposition watch: Doncaster Rovers

The low-down on Saturday's opponents from South Yorkshire

Having gained promotion to the Championship after winning the League One title last season, Doncaster Rovers' main priority this season will undoubtedly be to secure their status in the second tier of English football come May next year.

A side which have prided themselves on their attacking prowess, Paul Dickov and his players have experienced an inconsistent start to life in the Championship having accumulated 20 points from their 18 games so far to leave them residing in 15th position in the league standings.

They have however recorded a number of impressive results against two of the league’s early pace setters, with victories over Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City reinforcing Rovers’ reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having picked up five wins and four draws so far this season, the South Yorkshire outfit have struggled for consistency in the opening months, suffering nine defeats - four of which have come on their travels.

With Dickov now in his first full term in the Doncaster hot seat after joining the club in May to replace Brian Flynn who moved into the position of director of football at the club, the former Leicester City and Manchester City striker certainly put his mark on the team during the summer months.

Following his arrival, Dickov moved to strengthen his squad with the arrival of highly rated striker Federico Macheda and experienced goalkeeper Ross Turnbull amongst others – the latter of which has three goals already to his name following his move from Manchester United.

Having secured a hard-earned point away at Birmingham City on Tuesday evening, Doncaster make their first ever trip to the Reebok Stadium with hopes of securing what would only be their second win on the road this season.

Wanderers however will no doubt be determined to bounce back from two disappointing results against Middlesbrough & Huddersfield this week and get themselves back to winning ways. 

Doncaster team which faced Birmingham: Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Macheda, McCullough, Wellens, Robinson, Coppinger, Stevens
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