DONCASTER ROVERS: Blake’s waiting for call

Hip problem: Chris Brown
Hip problem: Chris Brown
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DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders is likely to make changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup second round tie at home to Hull City (7.45pm).

Saunders has fielded an unchanged starting line-up in all three League One games as he kept faith with the side which won 3-0 at Walsall on the opening day of the season.

But he felt that some of his players looked jaded in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat against Crawley, whilst striker Chris Brown came off midway through the second half after aggravating a hip injury.

Fellow striker Billy Paynter could also be a doubt.

“He has been feeling his stomach for the last two games and I was keeping my fingers crossed on Saturday that he wouldn’t get injured,” said the Welshman.

“He’s played three games in eight days after doing next to nothing really in pre-season - just training on his own - before we signed him.

If either Brown or Paynter, who both played for the Tigers on loan earlier in their career, are ruled out it could mean a starting debut for Robbie Blake.

The veteran striker, who has had to settle for a place on the bench in all four of Rovers league and cup games, has been working on improving his fitness levels after training.

Although not wanting to reveal his team or his tactics, Saunders said ahead of tonight’s game: “Some of the people who were on the bench on Saturday will be playing against Hull.”

Saunders makes no secret of the fact that in terms of his overall plan for the season, Saturday’s trip to new League One leaders Yeovil is more important.

He knows that Rovers will not win the Capital One Cup but that they could win promotion. But he also knows that a Cup run would help swell the club’s coffers.

“It’s one way of getting some money into the club,” he said. “If we can beat Hull and get a good draw it would help us get some players in.

“Obviously it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got Premier Division players - not just Championship players - playing for them.

“But we’ve beaten them once, I know it was only a pre-season game, but that should give the players some belief, and we’ll give it a go and give it our best shot.

“We’ve just come down from the Championship, and we’ve got a new team, and it’s a good chance for the players to test themselves and it’s a challenge for them.

“It’s a home tie and we’ve just got to turn up with the right mentality and believe that we can win.”

Admission prices for tonight’s game at £10 (adults) and £5 (under-16s).