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Match Preview: Doncaster Rovers vs Barrow

Rovers will host Barrow this Valentines Day at the Eco-Power Stadium hoping to make it three wins on the bounce.

Love may be in the air on Valentines Day but surely no love will be lost when EFL sides kick off another midweek round of matches. Danny Schofield’s Doncaster Rovers welcome a Barrow side to the Eco-Power Stadium and come into this full of confidence after two consecutive victories and Schofield is expecting a different game than the away victory at Swindon Town on Saturday.

”I think the game will be a lot different to the Swindon game, we should have a lot more possession of the ball and we need to be more productive in that sense” Schofield said in his pre-match press conference. Schofield was also full of praise for Luke Molyneux. The winger grabbed a brace which won Rovers the game on Saturday. ‘The lads got a spring in his step” The manager began. ”He’s a finisher. He’s got different types of finishes. It can weigh on your shoulders when you go through a spell (of not scoring). He’s struggled at times with little bits of confidence. He had two great finishes, he should take a lot of confidence from that and I am sure he will ”

NurPhoto via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers’ Luke Molyneux scored his first two goals of the season in the weekend win at Swindon Town. Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images.

One thing Rovers are crying out for is consistency. Before these two recent wins they lost their previous three and picking up three points on a regular basis is massive as they find themselves two points from the play-off places and a win on Tuesday could possibly move them into the top seven.

Doncaster Rovers team news

Leicester loanee Ben Nelson will be hoping to keep his place in the centre of a defensive three after an impressive performance on Saturday. He kept Ro-Shaun Williams out of the side on Saturday and will hope to do so again. One man who will be hoping to make more of an impact is Caolan Lavery. The 30-year-old has not played a full 90 minutes since his January move from Scunthorpe but is being kept out of the side by top scorer George Miller. James Maxwell made his 100th career appearance at the weekend and will likely make it 101 in this game. Harrison Biggins sat out the Swindon game but is likely to be fit to make the game. The influential Tommy Rowe picked up a knock last week and only came off the bench on Saturday but he too should be available to start.

Barrow team news

The Bluebirds come into this having not won in five league games and have only one win in 11 as Pete Wild’s side have alarmingly slid down the table after a great start to the season. They sit in 12th albeit only two points behind Tuesday’s opponents, so a first win in six will mean they leapfrog their opponents in the table. They lost very late at home to Newport County on Saturday. Defender Rory Feely picked up a straight red card and will miss the game. Other than that, Wild doesn’t appear to have any new injury worries.

NurPhoto via Getty Images Barrow manager Pete Wild will be hoping to mastermind his sides first win in six league matches. Photo by: Tom West/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Match details

The match will be played at the Eco-Power Stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers football club and will kick off at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday February 14. The match referee will be Thomas Kirk.

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