TRANMERE ROVERS V DONCASTER ROVERS – MATCH PREVIEW

Tuesday 4th February 2020:

After a run of very poor form, Micky Mellon’s ‘superwhites’ will be hoping to win their first league game since the AFC Wimbledon encounter at Prenton Park a few days previous to Christmas Day. To get their first three points on the league table since that game, they will face Darren Moore’s Doncaster Rovers. Doncaster have managed to win two of their past five league fixtures, away at Bristol Rovers and at home to Southend United. In this period, ‘Donny’ have also managed to draw at the Stadium of Light. Thus, the Tranmere eleven must be at their very best in order to pick up three points at home this Tuesday (04/02/20) night against their visitors. 

Team news:

A massive welcome back to Prenton Park will be shown by the ‘Super white army’ to Andy Cook. The forward is eligible for selection this Tuesday after signing on loan from Mansfield Town on transfer deadline day. The forward achieved 50 goals in 85 games, from season 16/17-17/18, in a national league promotion winning partnership with James Norwood when he was last at the Rovers.

Manny Monthe is available for selection after serving his one match suspension.

Corey Blackett-Taylor will be assessed ahead of the midweek fixture, Mellon will be hoping the fast forward is available for selection. 

Defenders Peter Clarke and Liam Ridehalgh remain doubtful for selection. 

Ollie Banks, Evan Gumbs and Mark Ellis all remain injured and are thus unavailable.

One to watch:

Midfielder Kieron Sadlier is the visitors ‘one to watch’, topping the Doncaster goalscoring chart with ten goals to his name.

Sadlier is a Republic of Ireland international, being capped at U17 U19 and U21 level. He turned professional at West Ham United in 2013, spending two years at the London club. 

After leaving West Ham, Sadlier represented St Mirren, Peterborough, Halifax before moving across the Irish Sea to join Sligo Rovers in 2016 before signing for Cork City.

Doncaster claimed the services of their current leading goalscorer in December 2018.

Match officials:

Lee Doughty is the ‘Man in black’ this Tuesday night. Lee has officiated 22 fixtures this season, rewarding 62 yellow cards and 2 red cards as a result of 2 yellow cards. 

The referee will be assisted by Wade Smith and Conor Brown. 

Jon Kenny is Tuesday’s fourth official. 

Past meetings:

Tranmere have met Doncaster on many occasions, seventy-five to be precise. Throughout these fixtures, Doncaster have a record a lot better than their opponents. Tranmere winning 19, Drawing 20 and losing 36. 

Tranmere’s last win against Doncaster came in February 2007, Chris Greenacre’s seperating the side’s in a ‘superwhite’ victory for another midweek game. 

Did you know? 

18th April 1924 was the first meeting between Tranmere and Doncaster, the game finished in a 3-0 win for Tranmere in the Division Three North. 

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