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Getting To Know: Doncaster

Posted: Thu 23 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

A look at Saturday's opposition...

They may be in the bottom three of The Championship, but Doncaster will take heart from last weekend’s victory over Wigan ahead of their trip to Blackpool.

Inconsistency has been a problem for Rovers, who are yet to record back-to-back league wins this campaign.

Boosted by the arrival of Billy Sharp, Paul Dickov’s men will arrive at Bloomfield Road in confident mood on Saturday, ahead of the Lancashire-Yorkshire clash.

How they’re getting on…

Last weekend’s convincing victory over The Latics came after eight winless matches, six of which were defeats.

Since the turn of the year they were beaten narrowly by QPR and Blackburn, before last weekend’s victory. 

However, their goal different is better than only Millwall’s in The Championship, so that will need to improve.

Man in charge…

Following promotion to The Championship in May, Paul Dickov was handed the responsibility of keeping Doncaster in the league.

In February Dickov resigned from his role at Oldham, as despite FA Cup success, the club were struggling in League One.

Survival remains the realistic target, and it is only goal difference keeping his side in the bottom three.

Key man…

On Wednesday Doncaster were handed a survival boost when the popular Billy Sharp returned to the club for the rest of the season.

The striker joins on loan from Southampton, having struggled with Reading for the first half of the campaign.

During his last spell at the club Sharp scored 41 times in 86 games, but despite achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2012 with The Saints, he finds himself back in South Yorkshire.

On the road…

Rovers have won just once away from home all campaign, a 1-0 success at Sheffield Wednesday in September.

They’ve drawn four, but scored just eight times away from home. 

The 1-1 draw at Birmingham at the start of December was the last time Paul Dickov’s men picked up a point of the road.