Team News From The Doncaster Camp

Last updated : 11 January 2008 By Thetashkentterror
Lewis Guy
Rovers's Penrith-born midfielder Lewis Guy spoke to the official Doncaster website about the game at the Keepmoat Stadium against Carlisle tomorrow, Guy suggesting that his Cumbrian links make the match an extra special one for him :

"All the strikers that we have here at the club are great players and whatever partnership the team has up front, whether it is me and Mark McCammon or Mark McCammon and Jason Price, we know that it's going to work because all the players work well together and are - individually - good players.

"The season thus far has been unbelievable; I say unbelievable but at the same time it is very much believable, because we have said from day one that we should be up there in the League and why we weren't up there from the start only God knows. Hopefully, know that we are there we can stay there. We are looking at this second half of the season in two ways.

We could look at it as merely the second half of the season and see how it goes - or we could say 'let's make a good go of this and give it a good push' and that is what we want to do. That is the feeling here at this Club, from the laundry girls to the manager. When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together. We're not going to get carried away by our position in the League, the manager would never let us do that, but deep down - person-to-person - we know what we want to do and we are going to go out and do that.

"It's going to be a tough game. Their fans believe that they can get promoted like hopefully our fans believe that we can. It's a clash at the top of table - I still have a couple of friends who play for Carlisle, a lot of friends and family support Carlisle so it will be a good game. I'd like to go out and make an impact against them."

In team news for Doncaster defender James O'Connor (chest infection) and midfielder James Coppinger (ankle) are slight doubts but should be available to play. Defenders Gordon Greer (hip) and Graeme Lee (knee), and striker Paul Heffernan (shingles) are definitely out though, but in better news for Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll midfielder Sean McDaid should return to the side after recovering from a recent hamstring injury.

Matt Mills has returned to Doncaster today, the 21-year old Manchester City defender having already been on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium since the start of the season. Mills, who initially went back to Eastlands after his spell at Rovers was cut short due to a knee cartilage problem, re-signing with Rovers on loan until the end of the present campaign. It is unlikely that he will take any part in the match tomorrow though as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.

In other transfer window news for Rovers, 38-year old goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, who has been on the bench for the first team recently, has left the club to take up a similar coaching position at Nottingham Forest. That move has meant that 21-year old Doncaster glovesman Ben Smith has been recalled from his three-month loan spell with Lincoln in order to provide cover for veteran Rovers number one Neil Sullivan.

Experienced Northern Ireland international central midfielder Kevin Horlock had his contract at the Keepmoat Stadium cancelled by mutual consent earlier this week, Horlock then signing for Scunthorpe United on a contract running until the end of this season. Meanwhile midfielder Craig Nelthorpe has left Doncaster to join Blue Square Premier side Halifax Town on loan for a month.

The referee for tomorrow's match is Lee Mason from Bolton, and he will be assisted down the lines by Mo Matadar from Blackburn and Richard West from Beverley. Meanwhile the fourth official will be Rob Lewis from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, Lewis travelling all the way to Doncaster as the match has been afforded "select fixture" status so two Football League referees must be present.