Doncaster Rovers bid for top spot

Fit again: Battle-scarred Iain Hume plays on after his head cut at Swindon.                    PICTURE: steve uttley
Fit again: Battle-scarred Iain Hume plays on after his head cut at Swindon. PICTURE: steve uttley

DONCASTER Rovers are hoping to beat both the weather and in-form Coventry City tomorrow.

The Keepmoat Stadium pitch has been covered throughout the week by heavy duty plastic sheeting, though they were taken off in certain areas yesterday.

“We are hoping that the game will go ahead because we don’t want it called off when we are on a good run,” said Rovers No 2 Brian Carey yesterday.

Rovers are hoping to be able to train back at Cantley Park again today after being forced to train on an artificial pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium complex due to a problem with the gas supply.

Carey will give late fitness tests to David Syers (ankle) and Martin Woods (thigh) today.

Both were rated 50-50 by Carey but the likelihood is that neither will start.

Better news for Rovers is that skipper Rob Jones and striker Iain Hume are set to feature after being injured during last weekend’s hard-earned 1-1 draw at Swindon last weekend,

“Neither of them trained on Sunday and Monday but both have trained every day since then,” said Carey.

Kyle Bennett, pressed into action earlier than Rovers would have liked at the County Ground due to a shortage of cover after training just twice following a six-week lay-off with a knee injury, hopes to make more of an impact than against the Robins having got a full weeks’ training under his belt.

Although Rovers are unbeaten in their last five games and could go top if they win and leaders Tranmere fail to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Carey warns it will be a tough game.

“They’ve got some good players and it will be a tough game, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

“I’ve seen a bit of them recently and they are a decent footballing side and we’ll have to be ready for that.

“I’ve known their manager since we were both at Manchester United. He’s got a good record in management - he did well at both Rotherham and Barnsley and I was surprised that he was out of the game as long as he was.

“He knows what he is doing and he’s gone there and turned things around. They are on a good run and have been scoring a lot of goals in recent games.

“McGoldrick’s been scoring a lot of goals for them this season. He’s a decent player and our defenders will have to be alert as they have all season.

“We didn’t play particularly well at Swindon but we defended well and came way with a point.”