McDaid set for action

SEAN McDaid is set to make his first league start of the season in tonight's home game against Walsall.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 8:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 11:51 am

Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll will not announce his side until an hour before the kick-off. But with left-back Gareth Roberts ruled out with a hamstring problem, McDaid, who did well after replacing him at half-time in Saturday's game against Cheltenham, looks the obvious replacement.

Rovers are still without striker Mark McCammon and midfielder Martin Woods.

"Neither of them is back in full training yet," said O'Driscoll. "They both did some training over the weekend so they moved on a step further and hopefully we'll get them back into full training before the weekend."

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Both James Coppinger or Jason Price are again likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

"James's ankle injury has improved considerably and although it is still not 100 per cent he is a lot happier with it," said the Doncaster boss.

"Jason has the usual aches and pains you get after being out for five months and he also has a back problem. He passed a late fitness test on Saturday and was capable maybe of coming on and giving us 20 minutes. It was a little bit easier today and we may give him an injection later in the week."

Looking ahead to tonight's game O'Driscoll said: "They had a good season in 2006-2007 winning the League Two title.

"Judging by their results it looks as though they initially they found it difficult coming up a division because there is a gap. But they went to Hartlepool on Saturday, who have been flying high in the league lately, and get a great 1-0 win.

"When they looked at the two fixtures I am sure that they would have been happy to have come away from the two away games unbeaten.

"In a sense they have done the hard work and go into tonight's game with nothing to lose because they have got three points in the bag already whereas two draws would have only given them two points.

"They are as dangerous as everyone in this division can be if you treat them lightly and just turn up and think you are going to win games."

Following a request from Oldham Athletic, Rovers' Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie scheduled for next Tuesday has been postponed due to them having five players on international duty.

Any tickets already purchased for the game will still be valid for the re-arranged game. However if refunds are needed they will be available from the Keepmoat ticket office.

The game will now be played on Tuesday October 23.