Big match preview: Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes

If Doncaster Rovers required a warning about the dangers of foreign ownership, look no further than Blackburn Rovers.

Three years on since the arrival of the Venky’s, the former Premier League champions are in danger of becoming Championship also-rans.

Following Sam Allardyce’s departure in late 2010, no fewer than five managers have occupied the Ewood Park hot seat, while the Indian owners’ lavish spending has attracted wide-scale scepticism.

The full time appointment of Gary Bowyer was a popular one among Rovers’ squad and hopes are high that the club’s long serving reserve team boss could bring a semblance of stability to Blackburn.

However, a penalty shoot-out defeat to Carlisle in the Capital One Cup and last gasp loss to Nottingham Forest have already ramped up the pressure on Bowyer.

A notable change in transfer policy, including moves for Doncaster’s own Tommy Spurr and former loan man Matt Kilgallon, means there is now a British heartbeat to Blackburn.

Centre back pairing Scott Dann and Grant Hanley, both man mountains, will give lone frontman Chris Brown very little change and also provide a notable threat from the home side’s Achilles heal, set pieces.

Where Rovers can impose themselves on Blackburn is in midfield, where Richie Wellens and Dean Furman are capable of getting on top of inexperienced pair Jason Lowe and Alex Marrow.

A further boost to Doncaster is the injury suffered by link man Ruben Rochina at Derby on the opening weekend of the season.

The Spaniard is very much the creative spark of this team.

In Rochina’s absence, much will now depend on wideman Alan Judge in terms of providing the bullets for Jordan Rhodes.

Right back Todd Kane could be the weak link and David Cotterill will hope to take advantage.

Prediction: Home win.