It’s number two of three for Wednesday as Brian Laws and his men look for three more points from their second South Yorkshire derby in a week.
Wednesday will no doubt be full of confidence going into their first ever meeting at Doncaster’s new stadium, but Laws will be keen to avoid an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ performance following the 2-1 win at Bramall Lane last weekend.
And although a derby match Laws knows that the Owls should be looking for maximum points from a Doncaster side struggling at the wrong end of the table, despite getting rave reviews for the way they play their football
Doncaster Rovers Team News:
Rovers will be sweating on the fitness of in-form defender Matthew Mills, who has been suffering with a groin injury all week.
Mills has been subject of interest from Birmingham City lately and Donny will certainly be keen to give their star defender until the last minute to prove his fitness.
New signing Dean Shiels is waiting to make his home debut for Rovers but he could be forced to miss out again through injury, although a place on the subs bench is possible.
Steve Brooker is also rated 50/50 over getting in the squad.
Player to watch: Brian Stock
The Rovers midfielder has been in top form at the Keepmoat this season and has attracted the interest of Premier League clubs including Wigan and Bolton. Stock is also on the verge of an international call-up with Wales and will be wanting to continue his form against the Owls on Saturday.
Wednesday Team News:
Owls boss Brian Laws is set to stick with the same eleven that picked up the historic victory at Bramall Lane last weekend, with no fresh injury or suspension concerns.
Francis Jeffers is still unavailable for selection as he sits out the final match of his three-game suspension for his sending-off at Nottingham Forest, leaving Marcus Tudgay and Leon Clarke to lead the line.
Laws has revealed that he won’t be risking bringing Akpo Sodje back into the equation just yet, with the former Port Vale man still recovering from a long-term injury.
Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson
Despite his sending off for Jamaica in midweek, JJ will be one of Wednesday’s most dangerous outlets, and should provide Rovers with plenty of problems at the back should he continue the form from the Sheffield derby last weekend.
Match Facts & Stats
Doncaster wins: 1
ednesday wins: 11
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 1-0 Rovers
Rovers came to Hillsborough and played some superb football but just couldn’t find that finishing touch in front of goal. Wednesday could, and it was Leon Clarke’s 43rd minute strike that proved the winner.
Doncaster: Sullivan, O’Connor, Mills, Hird, Chambers, Spicer (Price 69), Stock, Wellens (Wilson 79), Woods, Heffernan (Lockwood 90), Coppinger. Subs Not Used: Guy, Byfield.
Wednesday: Grant, Buxton, Wood, Beevers, Spurr, Johnson (Watson 89), Potter, O’Connor, Gray, Clarke, Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Hinds, McAllister, Boden, Small.