A view on the opposition: Liam Hoden profiles Middlesbrough

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FOLLOWING a blistering start to the season, Middlesbrough's progress and scoring prowess has cooled somewhat in recent weeks.

As expected, after being afforded time over the summer to mould the squad in his own image, Tony Mowbray has produced a dynamic, midfield-centric side, similar to the work he did at West Brom.

Boro are proponents of passing, flowing football, proving very difficult to contain.

But after scoring 17 goals in their opening eight games, the Championship’s fourth placed side have managed just five from the proceeding eight and results have suffered.

Last weekend's 2-0 win over Derby County was the first victory in seven matches, something which they failed to follow up on Saturday against Southampton

Marvin Emnes returned to the scoresheet against the Rams, ending a six match personal drought, and Rovers will be hoping he does not fully return to his early season form tonight.

Boro will look for Emnes to use his pace and terrorise a Doncaster back line that has been vulnerable at times this season.

But Rovers should avoid the temptation of staying on the back foot against an admittedly frightening attacking force.

The best way to fight Boro's fire is with fire.

Pressurise the Boro defence for long enough and they struggle to get back on the front foot quickly.

Rovers did this against Coventry on Saturday, helping to nullify an attacking threat admittedly different to that Boro will bring.

But it is hard to see Dean Saunders’ encouraging a three man front line which would leave his side outnumbered in the middle of the park.

Expect him instead to go man for man in midfield and set up with a lone striker who will look for support from the more attacking minded men behind him.

Previous line-up: (3-5-2 v Southampton) Steele, McMahon, R Williams, Bates, J Hoyte, Robson, Bailey, Arca, Bennett, Emnes, McDonald.