Final derby of the season this Saturday
Huddersfield Town will visit the Keepmoat Stadium this Saturday for the first time in almost seven years.
That meeting ended in defeat with goals either side of half-time from Brian Stock and Mark Wilson condemning Town to a 2-0 loss.
Doncaster went on to gain promotion that season whereas Town finished ten points outside of the Play-Offs.
After gaining promotion from League 1 again last season, Rovers have struggled back in the Championship and are currently in the middle of a relegation battle. They sit just three points above the relegation zone with Charlton having played three games fewer.
placed Wigan.thTown’s emphatic win against Barnsley on Saturday moved them into 13th in the Championship and fewer than ten points off 6
Dan Robathan and Iain Siddall
Fourth Official Mark Jones
Bournemouth (A) 5-0 (L)
Yeovil (A) 1-0 (L)
Barnsley (H) 2-2 (D)
Brighton (A) 1-0 (L)
Middlesbrough (H) 0-0 (D)
James Vaughan is out with the calf injury he sustained against Charlton, but he is back in training. He will be joined on the sidelines by Joel Lynch, who has recently undergone groin surgery.
Jonathan Hogg is also doubtful after missing the Barnsley win with a calf strain.
On loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Bongani Khumalo will miss the rest of the season with a tendon injury, suffered while on duty with South Africa.
However, Paul Dickov will welcome back Paul Quinn, former Terrier Theo Robinson and Billy Sharp, who scored against Town for Reading earlier in the season.
Paul Dickov couldn’t have wished for a better return to management when he landed the Doncaster Rovers job in May.
The former Oldham manager, who had resigned from the post three months earlier, took over the reins of a newly promoted Championship side when he arrived at the Keepmoat.
As a striker Dickov was well known as a persistent, fiery character who was always a constant thorn in defenders’ sides. Dickov’s style of play earned him such nicknames as the “wasp” and the “pest” during his days at Manchester City and Leicester.
Since last meeting
Abdoulaye Meite – Dijon – Free transfer
Gabriel Tamas – West Brom – Free transfer
Sam Johnstone – Man Utd – loan
Enda Stevens – Aston Villa – loan
Billy Sharp – Southampton – loan
Jordan Bowery – Aston Villa – loan
Dave Syers – Scunthorpe – Signed
Martin Woods – Barnsley – Free transfer
Kyle Bennett – Bradford – loan
Billy Paynter – Sheffield United – loan
Jordan Ball – Halifax – loan
James Harper - released
29 year-old Brown will be the main target for Doncaster from set-pieces and deliveries into the box. Although he didn’t score against Town in the reverse fixture, the imposing striker caused the Terriers’ defence a few problems.
The former Sunderland and Preston attacker has netted six times this season; he scored three goals in two matches against Wigan and Charlton in late January.
Midfielder Ritchie Wellens has been a virtual ever present for Doncaster this season making 31 appearances and creating two goals.
The Manchester-born midfielder began his career at Manchester United, but failed to make a First Team appearance. The longest spells of his career were at Blackpool and Leicester; he joined the Foxes from Doncaster for a reported £1m fee.
Sharp will return from suspension this weekend to take on the Terriers. He has already netted against Town this season during a loan spell with Reading.
The goalscorer made his name at Yorkshire sides. He came onto the scene at Scunthorpe with 53 league goals in 80 starts and after his career at Sheffield United began to slide he reignited at Doncaster. After moving to Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Reading he returned on loan to Doncaster in late January.
Like Sharp, Robinson is available again after missing the last few weeks through injury. The former Terriers’ career at Rovers began superbly with two goals in his first two games; he has since scored three more goals in 22 appearances.
Robinson has been at Town twice during his career with his latest spell coming last season when he spent two months on loan. His first spell was back in 2009 when he scored 13 goals in 17 league starts.
From the leave at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about one and a half miles away).
Once on the M18,
the M18 Eastbound at Junction 32. join M1, Eastbound at Junction 35 (signposted Hull) or from the M18 A1(M) join the
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