It was disappointing to come away at the weekend without a point, or three, but we now look to the league cup, where Doncaster Rovers host championship side, Nottingham Forest.
The board have said that they’re not focusing on cup competitions this season, to prioritise promotion out of league two, so don’t expect much from this match; well then again we might actually win if we go out with no pressure.
Doncaster last beat Nottingham Forest in 2012, 1-2, when we visited the City Ground with Kyle Bennett and Frederic Piquionne scoring the two goals.
And when we last played them in league cup, in 2004, they beat us 2-0, so lets hope we get our revenge 12 years on!
We’ve only managed to beat them 6 times in 17 games over the last 12 years, and that was when we were competing in the same division as them, but now we’re two divisions below them, and getting beat by Accrington Stanley on a Saturday afternoon.
With us not taking this game as serious as a league game, I expect us to field some youth players, such as: Pugh, Longbottom, Mandeville and Beestin, which I think would do them some good to get some competitive first team experience.
Also, from last Saturday’s match I expect Lund, Coppinger and Calder will be played, because they for me were not good enough on Saturday, so this way I think they’ll have to go out there and prove to Darren Ferguson why exactly they should be in the squad.
One thing that excites me is that Ferguson has said he is going to give Joe Wright some game time in this match, and I think him and Baudry are going to be two key players in our defence this season, so this gives me some optimism for the future. All we need now is Baudry to get fit.
In addition, I would play Marko Marosi in goal. Now, I didn’t slate Etheridge on Saturday, because it was a mistake, yes, but Stuckmann made mistakes too and I supported him, but I think it’s about time we give Marosi a chance, and I think on Tuesday would be the best possible time for him to have this chance. You never know, the healthy competition may be what they both need.
Line-up I think Ferguson may go for on Tuesday v Nottingham Forrest
Etheridge; Lund, Butler, Wright, Garrett; Houghton, Coppinger, Calder, Middleton; Williams and Marquis.