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by The Rovers Review

Ferguson thinks Rovers can be successful against an Oxford United with a poor home record – if they keep organised.

After recently making his return to the team, Matty Blair has been ruled out for this weekend’s clash against Oxford, after straining his calf muscle. Alfie May will make a return, but won’t be able to start, so instead, he’ll bolster Ferguson’s options on the bench.

After beating Scunthorpe United 3-0 last weekend, Ferguson believes that that is the foundation to build on going forward,
“It just gives the players belief, but it’s just about being consistent now and that’s the hardest thing to do in any league for any team. The one that is the most consistent is generally the one that’s more successful.”

Previewing Oxford, Ferguson thinks that their home form could be a weakness,
“A little bit ahead of us, but they haven’t won at home for five games. They’re very good footballing team. Possession based team who will try and play through thirds.
“We’ll have to make sure we’re very well organised because they have some very good individuals.”

One of those players will be one of Doncaster’s very own Alex Mowatt – who’s currently on loan from Barnsley – as well a Wes Thomas who scored in their last league match against Southend which helped United earn a point away from home.

Rovers do have a narrow edge on the form table going into this game as they have picked up 11 points from 8 games, whereas Oxford have picked up 9 points from 8 games – averaging 1.3 points-per-game.

You’ll have to go as far back to 2004, just before James Coppinger signed for Rovers, when both of these sides last met. The match on March 2004 finished with a goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium. Rovers’ last win against Oxford came in September 2003 where they were 2-0 victors at Belle Vue after goals from Tim Ryan and Paul Green.
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