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Match preview: Doncaster Rovers (A)

9 August 2016

Nottingham Forest have an eye on the second round of the EFL Cup but will first need to get past League Two side Doncaster Rovers this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

After their entertaining opening-day victory over Burton Albion, Nottingham Forest get their EFL Cup campaign underway on Tuesday night with a trip to face Darren Ferguson's Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The game is a repeat of the 1997 first-round tie which saw Forest win 8-0 at Doncaster's old Belle Vue ground as braces from Dean Saunders, Jon-Olav Hjelde and Pierre van Hooijdonk helped them to a comfortable victory.

Forest will take confidence into the game from their strong attacking performance at the weekend but head coach Philippe Montanier knows his side will need to improve defensively if they are to progress to the second round.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier is expected to make changes to the side which beat Burton Albion 4-3 on Saturday as he prepares his team to face three away games in eight days against Doncaster, Brighton and Brentford.

Montanier has Chris Cohen, Michael Mancienne, Armand Traore, Jamie Paterson, Jamie Ward and Joe Worrall all available for selection while David Vaughan, Apostolos Vellios and Damien Perquis could all start.

Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns following Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley but Luke McCullough, Craig Alcock, Mathieu Baudry and Gary McSheffrey are all missing.

Nottingham Forest

Millwall (A) - Won 2-1
Braga (A) - Won 3-0
Port Vale (A) - Won 2-0
Notts County (A) - Won 2-1
Hull City (H) - Lost 2-1
Burton Albion (H) - Won 4-3

Doncaster Rovers

Burton Albion (H) - Drew 0-0
Rossington Main (A) - Won 4-0
Middlesbrough (H) - Lost 2-0
Newcastle United (H) - Drew 2-2
York City (A) - Won 2-1
Accrington Stanley (A) - Lost 3-2


Andy Williams

Prolific striker Andy Williams finished third in the club's Player of the Year voting after scoring 16 times last season and got the new campaign underway by finding the net in the 3-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has previously had successful spells with Swindon Town and Yeovil Town and will be hoping to strike up a new partnership with fellow frontman John Marquis to help Rovers get their League One status back.

Darren Ferguson: “They’ve got a new manager and I’d imagine they’d bring quite a few fans because it’s not far, they’re a big club and we’ve watched them from Saturday.”

“I think they’ll make a lot of changes; they’ve got a game on Friday night – against Brighton – rather than on the Saturday.

“I might be wrong but I would have thought they’ve got a big squad so that can be difficult in terms of what we show the players but it’ll be mainly about the shape they play and how we can stop their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.”

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s EFL Cup first-round tie at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night will be available from the club Doncaster academy reception on matchday. A cash-only facility will be made available for Forest fans to purchase tickets on arrival at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Tickets purchased through the Forest ticket office are priced as follows:

Adults - £15
Over 60s - £10
17-21 year olds - £10
16 and under - £5

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.15pm.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

To win:

Doncaster Rovers - 11/5
Draw - 23/10
Nottingham Forest - 5/4

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 9/2
Lars Veldwijk - 11/2
Andy Williams - 13/2

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Accrington v Bradford
Barnsley v Northampton
Birmingham v Oxford
Blackpool v Bolton
Brighton v Colchester
Cambridge v Sheffield Wednesday
Carlisle v Port Vale
Cheltenham v Charlton
Coventry v Portsmouth
Derby v Grimsby
Exeter v Brentford
Ipswich v Stevenage
Leyton Orient v Fulham
Mansfield v Blackburn
Newport v MK Dons
Oldham v Wigan
Peterborough v Wimbledon
Preston v Hartlepool 
Rochdale v Chesterfield
Rotherham v Morecambe
Scunthorpe v Notts County
Sheffield United v Crewe
Shrewsbury v Huddersfield
Southend v Gillingham
Walsall v Yeovil
Wolves v Crawley
Wycombe v Bristol City
Barnet v Millwall (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Reading v Plymouth (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Burton v Bury (Wednesday, kick-off 7.30pm)
Fleetwood v Leeds (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Luton v Aston Villa (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
QPR v Swindon (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Bristol Rovers v Cardiff (Thursday, kick-off 7.45pm)

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