After not winning in the last four games, Rovers are expected to get back to winning ways this Saturday with the visit of John Coleman’s, Accrington Stanley. 

Midfielder, Jordan Houghton has returned to his parent club, Chelsea, after sustaining an injury, which will keep him out until the end of the season. Ferguson has said that there’s plenty of players who can step into his position, such as: Paul Keegan, Harry Middleton, Mathieu Baudry and Niall Mason.

However, I do doubt that it’ll be Baudry to make the step up, due to the fact that fellow defender, Joe Wright, has suffered a knock in training and will be out for 3-4 weeks; another blow to Rovers defence injury wise.

Gary McSheffrey is still far from starting, but is still going to be used as an ‘impact player’, during games where we need his skill upfront.

Ferguson also has a selection headache over whether to drop Andy Williams, who hasn’t scored since boxing day and replace him with new boy, Alfie May, who scored his first ever Rovers and football league goal on his home debut against Luton last Saturday.

Head-to-heads

Accrington have the third-worst away form in the league only managing to pick up 13 points away from home, whereas Rovers maintain the best home form in the league by not losing at home so far this season.

Accrington have only scored 12 goals on the road this season, so it’s safe to say they may not be causing too much of a goal threat, however they’ve only conceded 22 goals this season away from home, whereas Rovers have conceded 38 at home.

Players to watch

Midfielder, Romuald Boco is their key player, who has managed to score six goals in 11 appearances for Accrington.

Another ‘Kee’ player for Accrington is, Billy Kee, who has scored 10 in 21 for Accrington.

Previous encounters

Rovers last faced Accrington on the first day of the season, which ended in a 3-2 defeat for Rovers, with a late goal from Sean McConville to seal the three points for Accrington on that day. Goals from: Tommy Rowe and Andy Williams on the day, however made the defeat seem less embarrassing.

Last time Accrington visited the Keepmoat stadium was in August 2010, when they visited for the league cup, and ended up beating Rovers then too by 2 goals to 1. Again, their goals on that day came late on in the game, so they ended up nicking the win.

Predicted lineup v Accrington Stanley

Lawlor; Alcock, Butler, Baudry, Mason; Grant, Blair, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.

 

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