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Expert Corner: Lee Turnbull

STRIKER Lee Turnbull made almost 150 appearances for Rovers in two separate spells at Belle Vue. He started his career at hometown club Middlesbrough and joined Aston Villa before moving to Rovers in 1987. He was sold to Chesterfield to balance the books four years later but returned for a brief stay in 1993-1994. He still lives in Doncaster and is now chief scout at Scunthorpe United.

THE visit of Aston Villa is terrific for Rovers - and the whole town.

Getting through to the FA Cup fourth round was almost unheard of during my time at Belle Vue so it shows just how far the club has come in recent years.

There's obviously a bit of history there with Villa in the League Cup a few years back too.

A game like this really caps off a great run of recent results - and I've just got a feeling Rovers have enough about them to nick a draw on Saturday and take it back to Villa Park.

That'd be great for the fans.

I signed for Villa on the same day as Rovers goalkeeping coach Lee Butler.

We were actually Graham Taylor's first signings and myself and Lee go back a long way.

I was in and around the first team squad while I was there - training with the likes of Alan McInally, Gordon Cowans and Nigel Spink - but I wanted to play first team football.

Villa are obviously a very big club with a big tradition.

People talk about the top four nowadays but when you look back at history and the amount of times Villa have won the FA Cup and League Cup they've always been in the top half dozen clubs in the country.

Whether they can actually break into the top four I'm not so sure.

Randy Lerner has put his money where his mouth is and they have a fantastic management team in Martin O'Neill and John Robertson.

It's going to be tough for Rovers because Villa have quality all over the pitch.

But Gillingham put up one hell of a fight against them in the last round and I expect Donny to do the same.

Martin O'Neill will be thinking it's one that is going to be very difficult.

He'll know all about Rovers' passing game and how they play at a high tempo.

Villa are favourites but you just never know.

It's the FA Cup and it's eleven against eleven - and without Ashley Young, Villa are missing a key man.

Doncaster are right in form.

They seem to have hit a purple patch a bit like they did this time last year.

The goals are flying in now and I think they could force a replay.

Sheffield United have also hit form ahead of next Tuesday night but it's a derby game - almost like another cup tie.

Rovers will have a big following and it's set up to be another cracking match.

They played well at home against United without getting any reward and maybe it's time for them to get a result in a local derby.

I certainly think they've got enough to stay up.

There are a lot of clubs involved at the bottom and Rovers look like they've hit form at the right time.

These next two games will really show how far the club has come.

Prediction: Rovers to earn a replay at Villa Park with a 1-1 draw and then sneak a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.

Free Press prediction: A 2-2 draw against Villa and the same score at United.

 
 
 

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