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Darren Ferguson has said that he wants to progress through to the third round of the FA Cup by defeating Scunthorpe United this Sunday.

There's positive team news for Ferguson as midfield duo, Jordan Houghton and Ben Whiteman, who have recently suffered minor knocks, now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t going to prevent Ferguson from picking a competitive team, “I’ll pick what I think is my strongest team on the day. It’s a game we want to win, it’s a game we want to get through."

Scunthorpe previously defeated Northampton in the first round, which came as part of 5 consecutive wins and an undefeated November for Graham Alexanders men.
“[They’re] very good. They’ve got a good squad that know what they’re doing – regardless of the personnel,” said Ferguson.
“They have one or two players who can change a game very quickly, so they’ve got some good individuals buts they all know what they’re doing as a team.”

This will be the third encounter between Rovers and Scunthorpe this season, with them previously meeting in the Checkatrade Trophy on the 31st October. That match ended in a 1-1 draw after Liam Mandeville scored in the first half, before being penned back by a second-half strike from Clayton Lewis.

Prior to that the last time the Iron came to the Keepmoat Stadium was earlier on in the season, where Scunthorpe was victorious as Lee Novak’s 10th minute goal was the only thing to separate both sides that Summers afternoon.

The last time Rovers did beat Scunthorpe was in May 2015 at the Keepmoat, where they triumphed 5-2.
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