Boss expecting tough test for his young Blues this evening as Town plot a path into the third round of the Capital One Cup
Town boss Mick McCarthy will include a number of young players in his team ahead of tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster.
Myles Kenlock, Josh Emmanuel and Adam McDonnell were three names the gaffer spoke of ahead of the game at the Keepmoat Stadium and he has been impressed with how they have performed for the U-21 side.
“If people sat down and thought about my side for the game they’d probably get most of them. Josh (Emmanuel) and Myles (Kenlock) are both playing but one I’m really looking forward to seeing is Adam McDonnell,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“They’ve all played well and I’ve been impressed with Josh Yorwerth too because he had a tough time for the goal against Stevenage in the last round. Then of course, he scored in that game and I thought he was excellent in the second half.
“They’ve all thrived and they’re all relishing the prospect of playing at Doncaster.”
Mick spoke of tonight’s opponents and the danger they pose, having knocked Yorkshire rivals Leeds out on penalties in the last round.
“I watched them against Wigan and they drew 0-0 and bits against Port Vale from the weekend but the game that stood out the most was the game against Leeds,” added the boss.
“You could see they had more of a competitive edge in that game because they were playing a Championship team.
“Everybody raises their game when they play against a team in a higher league and I think that will be exactly the same tonight.
“I do believe they have injuries and problems but I think it’s going to come down to how we play, as I always do.”
The Blues will be without goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski as the Pole has returned home for personal reasons. Jonathan Parr (thigh) and Teddy Bishop (hamstring) are out of the Cup clash but the gaffer has said he hopes both will be available soon after the international break. Kevin Bru and Daryl Murphy are nearing returns, but are unlikely to play tonight. Luke Hyam (knee) remains Town’s only long-term absentee.
Rovers captain, Rob Jones may return from injury for this Cup tie after he managed to earn a place on the bench during his sides 3-0 defeat to Port Vale on Saturday. They will, however, be without Harry Forrester who is ruled out due to an ankle injury. Dany N’Guessan and Paul Keegan are doubts for Paul Dickov’s side.
Where they stand
Town –1st (Championship)
Doncaster – 17th (League One)
Last time they met
A late goal from Luke Chambers gave Town all three points at Portman Road in April 2014. Daryl Murphy opened the scoring early in the second half, heading home a Tyrone Mings cross before Doncaster levelled from the spot with seven minutes remaining. The skipper then grabbed victory for the Blues with just four minutes left to play, when he slammed the ball into the net.
The young Irishman will make his first start for Town in tonight’s game, as he lines up in the centre of midfield. He brings calmness and an array of passing ability to the midfield and has been a regular fixture for the U21 side, impressing the boss enough to be selected for a senior game.
Chappers is a player Mick knows all about having had him at Town last season. He scored a vital goal in the Play-Off push last season when he fired home a dramatic winner in the 90th minute away at Watford in March.
Sky Bet Odds
Despite being away from home, Sky Bet make Town the favourites ahead of tonight’s match, with betting to win in 90 minutes available at 5/4. The hosts are a bit further out at 21/10 to win in normal time, with the draw, taking the match to extra time, at 23/10. Penalties are a possibility tonight and both teams are available at 10/1 to win on spot-kicks.
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants: Robert Massey-Ellis & Matthew Donohue
Fourth Official: Declan Ford.