DONCASTER Rovers will be bidding to record their first double of the season in tomorrow’s home game against Peterborough United.
Goals by Brian Stock and Kyle Bennett, who helped change the game when he came on midway though the second half, secured Rovers their first away win of the season at London Road at the start of October.
Promoted United were flying at the time and Rovers’ second win in three games under new boss Dean Saunders seemed to herald a bright new dawn, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way.
Centre-back Adam Lockwood, injured at the time, didn’t play in the game against the Posh, and with Habib Beye available again after serving a three-match ban, he knows that he could also miss out on starting in the return.
But Lockwood, who is hoping that he did enough in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road to keep his place in the side, says that whoever plays it is vital that Rovers return to winning ways at the Keepmoat Stadium after losing for the first time in six home games against Blackpool.
“You always have to try and bounce back from a defeat, especially a home defeat,” he said.
“Teams have been coming to the Keepmoat in the last three months or so expecting a tough game and we’ve to make sure that they get one in our remaining home games.”
With Posh having lost ground since the two sides last met, Saunders claims that teams have now worked them out.
“Every game you play gives the other teams in the division the chance to work out how you play,” said the long-serving Lockwood.
“As I have said before, there are no easy games in this division and everyone can give you problems.
“All teams have got good players, not necessarily all in their starting line-up, who can cause you trouble.
“We’ve also got good players who aren’t currently in the the starting 11 who can offer something to the team.
“What we have to do is to make sure that we are in the right frame of mind and are focused on the game.
“But it is not just the Peterborough game,” he said. “We need to try and win every game we play in the position that we are in.
“When you are down at the bottom, as we are at the moment, you need to get yourself out of trouble and not rely on other results going your way.
“It is the same when you are at the top and needing points to boost your promotion challenge. There is always something to play for wherever you are in the league.
“We remain confident that we can get out of trouble; if we weren’t there would be no point in turning up for games.”
Teams and ref
ROVERS: (possible) Button, Chimbonda, Hird, Beye/Lockwood, Spurr, Gillett, Stock, Barnes, Hayter, Diouf, Bagayoko (4--3-3).
PETERBOROUGH: (possible): Jones, Alcock, Bennett, Zakuani, Briggs, Taylor, Frecklington, McCann, Boyd, Ball, Tomlin. (4-4-2).
Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear): Had charge of Rovers’ first game of the season at Brighton, where he booked five players including Doncaster trio Tommy Spurr, Richard Naylor and John Oster. He has handed out 58 yellow and four red cards this season. He dished out five yellows and a red in last weekend’s game between Barnsley and Portsmouth last weekend.