Doncaster host struggling Walsall in mid-table clash

By Jonny Whitfield

Walsall travel to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday searching for a first win in seven games.

The Saddlers have drawn their previous four matches and their last victory came away at Oxford United on September 23.

Jon Whitney’s side meet Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium following their 1-1 draw with MK Dons on Tuesday, where 18-year-old forward Tyler Roberts, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, levelled with his fourth goal this term.

Doncaster have striker John Marquis available after he served a one-game suspension in his side’s 2-1 win over Portsmouth in midweek.

Darren Ferguson’s men were 2-0 up within five minutes after 20-year-old Liam Mandeville’s strike and a Christian Burgess own goal gave the Rovers a strong start.

But defender Mathieu Baudry, who is expected to make his second appearance of the season this weekend, gave Pompey a cheap own goal in the second half.

Doncaster skipper Andy Butler, who made 176 appearances for the Saddlers, will be lining up against his former side on Saturday.

Butler told the club’s official website: “Walsall are doing well at the minute, Jon Whitney has had a tough job but he’s built them back up and he’s doing well.

“They’ve drawn a lot of games and it’s the fine lines for them as it is us, I still look out for their results but all that matters to me is doing well here.”

Walsall boss Whitney has been left frustrated by his side’s results but is confident of a run of wins.

He said: “If you put a run of games together you can find yourself on the brink of that top 10 and that is what we’re aiming to do.

“We’ve been working really hard on our discipline, particularly with penalties against. We have given away eight and take them away and we’d be in the top half of the table.”

The two sides are 17th and 16th in the League One table respectively with just a point separating them.

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