Mick expects Rovers to ensure Championship survival but warns them that Town aren't in the mood to give up Play-Off chase
Mick McCarthy has no doubt that tomorrow’s opponents Doncaster Rovers will steer clear of relegation this term, but insists they shouldn’t expect any favours of his Town side.
Blues moved to within two points of the Play-Offs following the midweek win over Huddersfield, whilst Doncaster will be looking to claim a victory to ease their relegation fears.
“Doncaster won’t get relegated this season, even though they are down the bottom, because they have this knack of picking up a result when they need one,” the boss told Ipswich Player.
“In fact, their recent results aren’t too far away from ours so they’ve pulled a bit clear of the bottom three.
“We know we will be in for a tough one against them and the game back in December was a bit false really, as although we were excellent, they were ravaged by injuries.
“They like to knock the ball about under Paul Dickov and I’m sure it will be a good game of football. Both sides want the three points for different reasons and we want to keep on the toes of the teams in the top six.
“We’re confident going into the game though and I was delighted with not only the result on Tuesday, but also the performance and the character to go again after the defeat to Blackburn.”
Aaron Cresswell is a doubt for Town after being withdrawn midway through the win over Huddersfield with a groin complaint. David McGoldrick remains sidelined with a knee ligament injury and is the only absentee for boss Mick McCarthy.
Former Town loanee Richie Wellens looks unlikely to make a Portman Road return with Rovers tomorrow as he looks set to miss out through injury. Defender Lucas Neill, who joined on loan from Watford, is touch and go to be fit. Whilst ‘keeper Ross Turnbull will be assessed ahead of the game, after suffering a back strain.
Where they finished last season
Doncaster- 1st (League One)
Where they currently stand
Last time we met
Town ended 2013 in perfect fashion, taking all three points in a dominant display against Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium. Blues were on the front foot right from the first whistle and deservedly took the lead through David McGoldrick. Luke Chambers then doubled Town’s lead with a bullet header, before McGoldrick sealed the win in the second-half with a classy finish.
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Darren Blunden & Michael Webb
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear
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