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Match Preview: Doncaster Rovers vs Scunthorpe United

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The Iron head to the Keepmoat Stadium for an FA Cup second round match against local rivals Doncaster Rovers on Sunday afternoon.

Scunthorpe come into the fixture on the back of a ten-game unbeaten run, which included a victory over Northampton in the first round of the competition. Meanwhile, Rovers came from 2-0 down at Ebbsfleet to record an impressive 6-2 win and secure their passage into the second round.

The latest injury worry for Graham Alexander is Jordan Clarke, who had to be taken off with a hamstring injury in the first-half of Saturday’s victory over Charlton. The right-back will miss Sunday’s fixture, alongside Lee Novak who is ruled out for the next few weeks. Sam Mantom, Luke Williams and Jonny Margetts remain sidelined.

The United boss has a selection headache, with several players competing for a starting spot. Alexander will have to decide on whether to employ Duane Holmes at right-back after he impressed off the bench on Saturday, with full-backs Conor Townsend, Levi Sutton and Lewis Butroid all waiting in the wings.

Simon Church may return to the squad; the striker has been involved in training all week. Josh Morris will surely be recalled to the starting lineup, after the winger scored two stunning goals against the Addicks at the weekend, to secure the Iron all three points.

Josh Morris celebrating after his wonder free-kick against Charlton

Doncaster Team News

Rovers have had a relatively average return to League One, having so far failed to find any consistency. Darren Ferguson’s side currently sit in 16th place, and he will be hoping that a cup run can give his team the confidence to propel them up the league table.

Doncaster were dumped out of the Checkatrade Trophy by Rochdale on Tuesday night, which will put extra importance on securing an FA Cup victory over the Iron.

Former Scunthorpe centre-half, Andy Butler, will be hoping to face his old on Sunday, alongside ex United loanees Tommy Rowe and Harry Toffolo.

Ferguson’s side will be without¬†Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Alfie May and Alex Kiwomya for the cup tie. The Rovers boss is expected to again make a number of changes from the lineup he fielded in midweek, after utilising his squad in the defeat at Rochdale.

The danger man for Rovers is John Marquis. The striker put in a disappointing performance in the league match against the Iron, but he is still the club’s top scorer this season with six goals. Marquis will put his body about and challenge the United defenders for every ball; the centre forward is a threat from crosses into the box and should be marked closely.

Danger man John Marquis being challenged by Murray Wallace

Previous Matches

Scunthorpe have a decent recent record against Doncaster, having won three of the last six fixtures between the two sides.

In the 2014/15 season, Rovers did the double over United, recording a 2-1 victory at Glanford Park before running away with a 5-2 win in the reverse fixture. The following campaign, the Iron secured a 1-0 away win at the Keepmoat on Boxing Day, and then a 2-0 home win a few months later. Scunthorpe beat Doncaster 1-0 in the league fixture between the pair in September, before Rovers were victorious in a Checkatrade Trophy penalty shoot out in October.

The Iron will be hoping to record a derby day win over Doncaster and progress through to the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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