Rovers will miss their captain, James Coppinger, as Grimsby Town visit the Keepmoat.

James Coppinger will miss this Saturdays game v Grimsby Town, due to picking up a red card after putting his hands on Argyles keeper, McCormick at the weekend after McCormick taunted Rovers youngster, Liam Mandeville, for missing a penalty.

Harry Middleton, Alfie Beestin and Riccardo Calder are a few possible replacements for James Coppinger. After impressing v Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy, Harry Middleton is the player I’d expect to get the nod.

That could in turn, result in Darren Ferguson changing his system by playing Tommy Rowe in Coppinger’s position, and putting Middleton on the wing, similar to where he played v Morecambe earlier on in the season.

For the first time this season, Rovers have failed to score in a game. Although, I think Mandeville and Marquis will get the nod again this week, the pressure will be on that we bounce back, and that means that Andy Williams will be edging closer to his first start, since his return from injury.

As it stands, there are no new fresh injury concerns for Rovers – for once.


Rovers are the second best team at home in the league, and we’re joint with Carlisle on points at home (24), but they’re scored one more, and conceded one less than us at home. Grimsby are the ninth best team in league two for results, as they’ve won 4 on the round out of 10, and have collected 15 points out of a possible 30.

Player to watch

Grimsby’s 23 year-old striker, Omar Bogle, is Grimsbys player to watch, as he’s score a whooping 16 goals already this term, with all 16 coming in league games.

Previous encounters

Last time we faced Grimsby was in the former Johnstones Paint Trophy, where we drew 2-2 in November 2007. Grimsby won 5-4 on penalties, but goals from Lewis Guy and Paul Heffernan helped Rovers get to the shoot out.

Predicted lineup v Grimsby Town

Marosi; Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Middleton, Rowe; Mandeville and Marquis.