Doncaster Rovers: Depleted Roversout to Enda Blues jinx

Doncaster's Rob Jones tackles Forest's Henri Lansbury
Doncaster's Rob Jones tackles Forest's Henri Lansbury

He’s only been with his new club a couple of days but tonight Enda Stevens will be making a familiar trip back to the Midlands.

For the Aston Villa full-back was thrust into the deep end against title-chasing QPR on Saturday, putting in a solid performance in a new-look Doncaster defence.

The on-loan Rovers man looked comfortable as the back four soaked up any threat Harry Redknapp’s men posed at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The 23-year-old, who is set to stay with the club until January, could prove to answer Dickov’s prayers following injury-ravaged defenders Rob Jones, Jamie McCombe, Yun Suk-Young, James Husband and more recently Reece Wabara.

Stevens was part of the side who claimed a 2-1 Championship upset against the Rs - only the club’s second defeat of the season.

That result may have raised a few eyebrows at the weekend, but maybe not for Dickov and his Doncaster outfit who have claimed some superb scalps against the division’s ‘top’ teams this term.

But despite Saturday’s celebrations, the Rovers chief was quick to warn his players that the QPR result could mean very little if they do not get a result against their next league opposition - Birmingham City.

The Blues are a team who have endured a similar start to the Championship campaign as Rovers this term.

Just a solitary point separates Doncaster in 18th and Lee Clark’s 19th-placed City who moved six points clear of the relegation zone following a 3-0 win over rock-bottom Barnsley on Saturday.

But St Andrews has not been the happiest of places for Rovers who have lost eight of their 11 trips.

Doncaster have also not won in their last eight meetings with Birmingham (league and cup) with the last defeat coming in March 2012 - 3-1. Admittedly, that was a completely different side to the one Dickov is rebuilding this year.

Rovers’ injuries include Paul Keegan (hamstring), Chris Brown (ankle) and Harry Forrester (quad).