With the games coming thick and fast, injuries and suspensions mounting, and points being hard to come by we are well and truly in a season-defining moment. The results we’re getting at the moment are going to have a big bearing on how this season turns out for us, so it’s time for the players to stand up and be counted.
After Saturday’s heavy defeat to Shrewsbury Dimi Mitov joins Greg Taylor, Liam O’Neil and Jack Lankester in the treatment room. Paul Digby misses the game through suspension as does Adam May unless the FA see sense and overturn the red card he was given on Saturday. Bonner has spoken about how the club are exploring loans as we speak, but if we can’t get anyone in lets assume Kai McKenzie-Lyle will start in goal, with the familiar back four of Williams, Jones, Masterson and Iredale ahead of him. If Adam May doesn’t feature we’re in trouble in the middle, Jensen Weir will almost certainly start, and there’s the possibility of a debut for Lewis Simper too, set to be recalled from his loan at Yeovil. Brophy and Tracey will probably take the wide positions, with Smith and Ironside together up front. Wes, as expected, takes a well-deserved rest, as Bonner likely starts with a 4-4-2 formation.
Expected U’s Line-Up: McKenzie-Lyle, Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale, Tracey, Weir, Simper, Brophy, Smith, Ironside
Who’s Their Player To Watch? Despite sitting second-bottom Doncaster have a decent squad – we know all about Kyle Knoyle, but there’s the likes of Ro-Shaun Williams, Omar Bogle and John Bostock to contend with too.
Who’s In The Dugout? Richie Wellens won League Two with Swindon a few years back, and took moneybags Salford to victory in the EFL Trophy in 2020.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? Two wins and three defeats in the last five. One of those losses was a heavy 6-0 defeat to Ipswich.
Any Ex-United Players? Just promotion hero Kyle Knoyle, who deserves to be somewhere a lot better really.
Last Time Out: United 2-3 Doncaster, February 28 2017
Luke Berry skied a penalty, Will Norris got nutmegged and Leon Legge gave away a penalty in the pissing rain, before George Maris hit a worldie and Luke Berry out jumped everyone to score a header to make the scoreline a lot closer.
From The Archive: Doncaster 2-0 U’s, April 12 2004
A young Adebayo Akinfenwa scores to give Doncaster a win over a shite United.