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by The Rovers Review

Grant McCann is set to take charge of his first competitive home league game this Saturday, as Rovers welcome League One new boys Wycombe Wanderers to the Keepmoat.

McCann highlighted Wycombe's high energy as the key threat for Rovers this weekend, stating they need to match or better that in order to pick up a result,

"First and foremost, we must match their energy, they're a very energetic team - especially in midfield so we have to make sure we match than if not better it.

"They're a very strong team, Gareth's done an outstanding job there to move them to League One with very limited resources but they're a threat, they have threats all over the pitch without naming anyone but we have to make sure we nullify them but make sure out threats can hurt theirs.

"Home form is key - if you want to have a promotion season then you have to be picked up as many points as you can at home. It would be wrong of me to say you have to win every game at home but we want to make sure we have a huge chunk of wins here this year."

Rovers will be without new signing Ali Crawford, who picked-up a recurring knee injury in the 3-2 win over Southend, meaning he won't be able to make his Keepmoat debut. MCann refused to put a timescale on the 27-year-olds recovery.

The Chairboys will be bringing former Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa back to Doncaster, who featured nine times for the club in 2004, scoring four goals during that time before moving away to Torquay.

At the age of 36, Akinfenwa is still going strong, netting 29 goals in 82 appearances under Gareth Ainsworth.

Wanderers have a new number one in town, Ryan Allsop who joined on a permanent deal from Premier League side Bournemouth, after originally being on loan from the Cherries in 2016, where he made 18 appearances.

Most recently, Allsop has had spells at Blackpool - where he guided them to promotion out of League Two - and Lincoln City where he won the Checkatrade Trophy.

The last time Rovers and Wycombe met was in League Two during the 2016/17 season, where Ferguson's side failed to beat the Chairboys on both occasions, drawing 2-2 at the Keepmoat before losing 2-1 at Adams Park that April.

In fact, Rovers have never beaten Wycombe in their history out of the five times they have faced each other.
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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson is backing his side to spoil Wigan's party by beating them at the Keepmoat this afternoon.

Not much rides on the game for Rovers but if they beat Wigan and Blackburn win elsewhere then the title will be Blackburn's.

Ferguson said: "It has been spoken about [how sick they are of teams celebrating on their turf]. Unfortunately, we've ran out of gas a bit - I feel some of the players have played too many games, similar to last season.

"The energy is there to a degree but there are people who have played too many games and if the injuries hadn't occurred I could have perhaps would've mixed my squad around a little bit more.

"It's going to be a tough game but also a good game for us because a lot of people are probably expecting us to get nothing and I think it's important that we try to finish well."

Captain James Coppinger will be a doubt for the final match after being sidelined for the last two games with a 'niggle'.

Long-term absentee Danny Andrew could return with Ferguson saying the 27-year-old could play around 15-20-minutes on the last day of the season.

Wigan come to the Keepmoat with the best away form in the league, collecting 48 points from 22 games played away from the DW Stadium - Rovers' home form is average with them collecting 30 from 22 games.

Paul Cook's side is undefeated in their last seven games - with their last defeat coming away at Portsmouth. Ferguson's team, on the other hand, have only won two games out of eight towards the final part of the season.

Rovers got played off the park in the reverse fixture, with the Latics coming out with three goals to the good on that occasion. The last time Wigan came to Doncaster they lost 3-1, after going a goal up through Will Grigg in the first-half but being shunted by two Andy Butler goals and an Andy Williams penalty - this was also the same season Wigan were aiming for the title too.
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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson spoke of his admiration for Neal Ardley's AFC Wimbledon side, ahead of their visit to the Keepmoat this Tuesday evening.

The Rovers manager has highlighted the Dons' attacking threat ahead of their encounter,

"I like them [AFC Wimbledon], I think they're a good team. They're full of energy and they played very well on Saturday in the first-half against Wigan.

"They've been playing with two strikers which we don't face all the time. They have good experience and they still need something to make sure they're safe. It will be a tough game."

There are no new fresh injury concerns for the Rovers manager with him debating about captain James Coppinger's involvement on Tuesday night. It's believed the Scotsman wants Coppinger to complete near to 90-minutes against Wigan on the final day of the season.

So far this season the Keepmoat has witnessed a Rovers goal on an average every 44 minutes, whereas they've seen the away side scored every 48 minutes.

Lyle Taylor is the Dons' top goalscorer this term with him netting 17 goals while making 6 assists. He's managed to convert 50% of his shots on target this season and will surely be a real handful for the Rovers back-line.

In the previous encounter, Rovers succumbed to a dismal 2-0 defeat which was dubbed this sides 'poorest' performance of the season, alongside Walsall away.
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by The Rovers Review

Rovers’ latest League One test is their final away game of the season at Oldham Athletic.

Gavin Strachan is aware that Oldham will be throwing everything at Rovers this Saturday to help their bid for survival,

“[Changes] wouldn’t really be performance related, we don’t feel anyone has let us down in terms of that. If there was to change it would be on merit or to have a look at certain things.

“Oldham will be very motivated. We need to be more ruthlessness if you look at the Oxford game that would be the key thing.

“The type of the team they are [suggests they’ll come at you]. They’ve got lots of attackers, lots of wingers, lots of creative players and they like to play out quickly from the back and with that they’ve got to play for, they will come at us, but you’ve got to impose yourself on the opposition.”

The assistant manager confirmed there are no new injury concerns but there is a bit of “wear and tear” from a few individuals after playing a high volume of games.

Former Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens will be the man in the opposite dug-out as he aims to keep Oldham in League One after taking charge in September 2017.

Tics striker Eoin Doyle is the fifth-top goal scorer in League One after netting 15 goals for Wellens’ side. The 30-year-old striker is on loan from Championship club Preston.

Should Oldham draw or beat Rovers then that will send MK Dons down and help the Tics’ bid for survival, however a win for Rovers would keep Oldham right into the relegation mix.
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