Doncaster Rovers vs Hull City
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 (KO 7:45pm)
Carabao Cup Round Two
Leonid Slutsky is likely to make wholesale changes when the Tigers travel to Doncaster Rovers for a second round Carabao Cup clash on Tuesday night.
Unlikely to take any risks with Friday night’s Championship fixture against Bolton Wanderers in mind, Slutsky could hand senior debuts to Will Mannion and Dan Batty, while the likes of James Weir, Brian Lenihan, Josh Clackstone and Greg Luer could also feature.
Kevin Stewart and Fraizer Campbell won’t play after picking up injuries during the first half of Saturday’s defeat at Queens Park Rangers, with scans set to determine the full extent of those problems. David Marshall, Abel Hernandez, Evandro, Will Keane, Ryan Mason and Moses Odubajo remain unavailable through injury.
Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson is expected to resist making wholesale changes to his side for the tie. A debut could be handed to summer signing Issam Ben Khemis, whilst Andy Williams, fit again after a hamstring strain, is also pushing for a start, as is Alfie May.
However, Ferguson will be without a number of other players. Mathieu Baudry is likely to be out until September after the Rovers boss confirmed the defender had suffered a minor setback after Achilles surgery. Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya are also long-term absentees but goalkeeper Ross Etheridge is making good progress from a broken ankle.
Leonid Slutsky is expecting a tough test against League One side Doncaster Rovers tonight as the Tigers look to win a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Doncaster have had a decent start to the season with a win and two draws from their three league games so far, as well as a victory over Bradford City in the first round of the League Cup competition.
With Slutsky likely to make numerous changes to his line-up, he expects a big challenge for what is set to be a young Tigers side.
“We have a very difficult schedule at the moment and a lot of injuries, so we will make some substitutions to the starting eleven,” he said.
“It is a chance for us to give opportunities to some of our younger players and to understand their level and condition. We will have a better idea about this after tonight’s match – whether they might be ready to play in the Championship or maybe not quite ready.
“Doncaster will give us a serious test. They probably gain extra motivation by playing a team from a league above them and they will want to show their level. However, each of our players must show their level, too.”
James Weir is determined to make the most of his opportunity if he is selected to start at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight.Weir has started just one game since joining the Club from Manchester United 12 months
Weir has started just one game since joining the Club from Manchester United 12 months ago but will be keen to impress if given the nod from Slutsky.
“I’m sure there will be a few changes to the team tonight and it will be a good chance for some of the lads that haven’t been involved yet to stake their claim and take their opportunity,” said Weir.
“It’s a different type of game. It’s a knockout competition, so we’re all raring to go and looking to impress.
“I’m certainly someone who wants to be playing more minutes than I have been doing and tonight can be a chance to get myself in the manager’s plans for the Championship fixtures coming up.
“I think the manager knows that we all have the ability, it’s just getting the chance to show it out there on the pitch and hopefully I can do that if I get the chance against Doncaster. I want to prove to the manager that I am ready to play regularly.
“This is a competition that we had a good run in last season, getting to the semi-finals, and it was nice to be involved in that. That is what these competitions are all about, getting past the early rounds and seeing how far you can go.”
Darren Ferguson is confident that his Doncaster Rovers side can pull off an upset in tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at the Keepmoat.
Rovers host the Tigers after an unbeaten start to the season and Ferguson is optimistic that whatever side he puts out can progress to the next round of the competition.
“It’s a big test but I know what the team is and how I want to play, hopefully we put in a good performance, when you play a higher team there are certain things that you need to do better technically and we must make sure we’re good on the ball,” he told www.doncasterrovers.co.uk.
“The aim is to get a shock and get in the third round, but I’m looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ve worked on in training, we have to settle early, you can’t get too comfortable because things can change very quickly.
“We can’t lose our shape, there’s a lot of quality in their side but we want to keep the positive feeling in our team at the moment, and concentration will be key, I’m pleased with our performances so far though.
“We’re at home against a good team, but it’s a winnable game, all respect to Hull because it’ll be tough but it’s a massive incentive and it has to be a huge motivation to get in that third round.
“For the players to get in that third round, if you get one of the big boys it can change everything and it’s more money in too which is huge.
“I’m confident whatever the team that we can get the job done, whoever I put out I would be happy to play against Wimbledon on Saturday too, but our team will be strong no matter what.”
Hull City’s Last Five Results
L1-2 vs QPR (a)
L2-3 vs Wolves (h)
W4-1 vs Burton Albion (h)
D1-1 vs Aston Villa (a)
D3-3 vs Ajax (a)
Doncaster Rovers’ Last Five Results
D3-3 vs Blackpool (a)
W3-1 vs Blackburn Rovers (a)
W3-2 vs Bradford City (a)
D0-0 vs Gillingham (a)
L0-4 vs Chesterfield (a)
The Tigers have enjoyed record breaking runs in this competition in the past two seasons, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015/16 before going one step further and progressing to the semi-final stage last season.
Darren Ferguson’s side have scored an impressive nine goals in their last three matches, scoring three times in each.
Veteran official Graham Salisbury will be the man with the whistle at the Keepmoat this evening. The Lancashire-born referee has been taking charge of EFL fixtures since the 2001/02 season and is just four games short of reaching 500 matches as a referee.
This season he has overseen four matches – in League One, League Two and the Carabao Cup – issuing 21 yellow cards and one red card.
Assisting Salisbury will be Alf Greenwood and Michael Denton. Sebastian Stockbridge will be on fourth official duty.
This will be the 54th competitive meeting between these two sides in all competitions. The Tigers have won 21 of those games, drawing 11 and losing the other 21.
We have been drawn against Doncaster in the League Cup on two previous occasions, both of which ended in defeat away from home.
LAST TIME OUT
An injury-time strike from David Syers saw Doncaster complete a remarkable comeback and upset the Tigers in the Capital One Cup in August 2012.
Steve Bruce’s Tigers led inside a minute when Aaron McLean slotted home and Jay Simpson added a second soon after to put the visitors in control at the Keepmoat Stadium.
However, Rovers got back in it through Syers’ tremendous dipping 25-yard volley. A Rob Jones header levelled the scores and Paul McKenna was sent off for the Tigers for violent conduct before Syers poked home a dramatic winner.
Tickets for the game are no longer on sale from Tiger Leisure, but away supporters will be able to pay on the night at the Keepmoat Stadium. Admission prices are as follows: £10 Adults, £5 Seniors (60+) and 18-21 year-olds & £1 Ages 17 and under.
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