Bristol Rovers head to Yorkshire to face Doncaster Rovers this weekend still looking for their first win of the season.
Ben Garner’s side knew they’d have a tough first couple of fixtures when the fixture list came out and that tricky run looks set to continue with Doncaster in fourth place before welcoming The Gas on Saturday.
Donny drew their first match of the season with MK Dons and followed that up with a win away at Charlton last weekend.
That win came thanks to the performances from loanees Tyreece John-Jules and Taylor Richards. Striker John-Jules, on loan from Arsenal, scored in the win at The Valley with Richards, on loan from Brighton, having another promising outing and manager Darren Moore has insisted that there is more to come from the latter.
“With Taylor, you’ve not seen nowhere near what we believe he can be and what he is doing is working towards that,” Moore told the Doncaster Free Press.
“Only time will tell with him.
“Even in these early stages, as much as the signs are promising, certainly with me as his manager there is a lot more to come from him and that will be with time.
“It won’t be an overnight thing. He needs the games, the training and the volume and to have that mental stimulation to bring forth that undoubted talent we know he’s got in him.
“He’ll say it’s been a good start for him but he’s probably nowhere near where he wants to be.”
Doncaster will be sweating on the fitness of Rayhaan Tulloch and Reece James ahead of the fixture, with both coming off through injury last time out. Should they both be out of contention, Jason Lokilo and Cameron John are viable candidates to replace them.
The Gas go into the game having only beaten Doncaster once in their last 11 meetings, with Doncaster winning the other 10.
That win came in January 2018 and none of the 18 that travelled up north that day are still at the club which shows how much of an overhaul there has been at the club in just over two years.
Since that win under Darrell Clarke, Rovers had Graham Coughlan attempt to take all three points away from the Keepmoat and now it’s the turn of under pressure boss Ben Garner.
Garner has tried to bring his own style of a 3-4-1-2 formation, which he played in Rovers’ first two league fixtures this season but after picking up a solitary point from a possible six, the Rovers boss has decided to bring in young Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick to add another option in his bid to get Rovers up the league table.
The Gas will be boosted though by both Josh Barrett and Alex Rodman in contention to return after both being injured in pre-season. Sam Nicholson is also pushing for a return after being ruled out of the loss at home to Ipswich. New signing McCormick is set for a place among the substitutes.
Simon – Doncaster 1-1 The Gas
Max – Doncaster 2-1 The Gas
Alex – Doncaster 0-2 The Gas