After two defeats in a row, Doncaster look to get back on track as they host their first home league game of the 2016/17 campaign against Crawley.
In my opinion this is the best opportunity for Ferguson, and the players to set the standard for this season, because Crawley are a standard league two side, who are going to be similar to most of the oppositions that we’ll be facing this season.
I look forward to seeing what line-up Ferguson goes for, because obviously he has Wright and Middleton now back to match fitness, and may have Paul Keegan on the bench.
Joe Wright has now made two appearances for the club, and has impressed on both occasions, and he even won man of the match on Tuesday vs Nottingham Forest, so I expect that he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet.
It will also be interesting to see what formation he goes with too, because he has received a bit of stick for his usual 3-5-2 system, but I understand he has used that, because of injuries, but now like I say with players coming back I think it should be about time he reverts to his 4-4-2 diamond formation – but I personally think he will stick with the 3-5-2.
Liam Mandeville is another player who will be giving Ferguson a headache, because he came on as a substitute during the cup game vs Nottingham Forest, and scored the equaliser to bring Rovers back into the game, but who would Fergie take out of the squad attacking wise?
The debate will also continue into this match; whether Ferguson should chose Etheridge or Marosi to go in goal.
Marosi impressed on Tuesday night, and with Etheridge having a poor performance on Saturday I really wouldn’t want to be in Ferguson’s position, because I’m torn between who I’d like to see in goal. Personally, I think Etheridge deserves another chance, because people do have off days, but at the same time I think Marosi deserves a chance after how patient he has been over recent years!
Not only do we need three points from this game, but we need to make sure that we stop conceding both early and late in the game, and that we tighten up a lot more, and stop getting un-done on the counter.
Finally, last time Doncaster faced Crawley, was in February 2015, in league one, where Paul Dickov over saw a thrilling 5-0 victory for Rovers; which has been our biggest victory since. I sincerely hope that we have a similar result this Saturday, or the pressure is going to be growing even greater on Darren Ferguson!
Predicted lineup vs Crawley
Etheridge; Mason, Butler, Wright; Blair, Houghton, Rowe, Middleton, Calder; Marquis and Williams.