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Match Preview: Doncaster Rovers (H)

8 April 2016

Bury take on Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 9th April, 3pm kick-off at Gigg Lane, looking to put light between themselves and the relegation fight.

The Shakers play Doncaster Rovers tomorrow looking to ensure they are three points closer to safety in Sky Bet League One. They are currently in a good position to stay clear of the drop, although manager David Flitcroft believes that it will take “a record points total” for teams to stay clear of relegation due to the competitive nature of the League this season.

This has made him aware that they cannot view themselves as safe and are going to need “more points” to keep their League One status next season.

Doncaster, on the other hand, are stuck in the relegation zone currently sitting 22nd in the League, seven points away from safety and on a run of fifteen games without a win. However, they will be no pushovers according to Flitcroft as they are now fighting for their lives.

Speaking ahead of the match David Flitcroft said: “I was at the Oldham v Swindon game on Tuesday night, Oldham have put a really good run together lately and totally deserved to beat Swindon. With Fleetwood beating Peterborough as well, it has given Doncaster a really difficult task now because they will now have to win the majority of their games to be in and around staying up.

“I think the players will have seen that and it certainly knocks you out of your rhythm, so I’m looking at a wounded animal that has to come out fighting and has got to win the match.”

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will be without Craig Alcock who is suspended and Paul Keegan who is currently sideline. He may also be without Gary McKenzie who is a doubt.

David Flitcroft has given a short summary of where a couple of his players are at in-terms of recovery from injuries ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“Last Saturday came a bit soon for Kelv (Kelvin Etuhu) he was in and around it, he’d had five or six good training days under his belt, so I’m expecting to have him back for the match. He will be an important player for us during these last six games, so i’m delighted to have him back.

“We’ve got the issue with Joe Riley coming off, so we’ll have to see where that is come Saturday. Rob Lainton has had another setback, he progressed his kicking to about 25 metres and now he’s back down, so we’re going to have a chat in the next days with Rob and the medical team to see where that’s at.”

Sky Bet have two price boosts available as Bury striker Ryan Lowe goes in search of his 200th career goal when they entertain Doncaster on Saturday. Lowe to claim his milestone goal has been enhanced from 9/4 to 5/2, while Lowe to score and Bury to win the match is boosted to 9/2 from 4/1. 

The 37-year-old Liverpool-born frontman is 13/2 to net the first goal and 9/4 to score at any time. Bury are 7/5 favourites to win the match, with Doncaster 19/10 and the draw available at 23/10.

Tickets for the match are priced at Category B:

Adults: £20.00 

Concessions: £14.00 

 Under 16’s: £1.00

Under 5’s:  Free of charge

If you can’t make the match, listen to live commentary on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm.

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