Doncaster Rovers v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • April 08, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, in what will be their first ever league visit to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Wanderers did win on their only previous competitive game at the ground, with Kevin Davies, Idan Tal and Andranik Teymourian on the scoresheet in a 4-0 FA Cup third round victory in January 2007.

The last time Doncaster played host to Bolton in league competition was back in December 1986, when they won 3-0 in a Division Three fixture at Belle Vue.

More than 27 years have passed since that date and many of the players expected to be on display at the Keepmoat were yet to be born when that game took place.

One of those is Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies, who has been ruled out of the game despite recently recovering from a minor groin strain. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder missed the weekend win at Huddersfield Town and won't be risked against Rovers.

Joe Mason's late goal at the John Smith's Stadium could earn him a recall to the starting line-up, with Liam Trotter the most likely to drop to the bench. Should Mason get the nod, he is likely to partner Lukas Jutkiewicz in a two-man attack.

Neil Danns and Lee Chung-Yong could continue in midfield, with Davies ruled out, along with the anchoring duo of Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara.

Adam Bogdan looks set to be protected by a back-four including Tim Ream and David Wheater, although Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste are available if Freedman decides to rest Zat Knight and Alan Hutton.

Marc Tierney, Joe Riley, Darren Pratley and Stuart Holden are Bolton's big injury absentees.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov will make late decisions on the fitness of club captain Richie Wellens and former Wanderers defender Abdoulaye Meite, who both missed the weekend defeat to Birmingham.

Wellens has been struggling with a foot injury, while Meite is still working his way towards full fitness since joining the club in January.

Gabriel Tamas is nearing a return from a fractured cheekbone, while the likes of Enda Stevens, Liam Wakefield, Marc De Val Fernandez and Theo Robinson are all pushing for recalls.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lee-Barrett, Lynch, Hutton, Mills, Ream, Knight, Baptiste, Wheater, White, Threlkeld, Spearing, Eagles, Hall, Moritz, Trotter, Danns, Chung-Yong, Robinson, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Bastos, Beckford, Mason, Jutkiewicz, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Iliev

Referee: Gary Sutton
Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
Kick-Off: 19:45

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20 Bolton Wanderers 6 4
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