Cardiff City v Doncaster Rovers: Paul Goodwin’s Verdict

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ROVERS will be hoping Rob Earnshaw hasn’t left his shooting boots at Wembley as they bid to breathe new life into their season at Cardiff on Saturday.

The Welsh international, likely to partner Kenny Miller in attack for the Bluebirds, missed a gaping chance to earn his national side a deserved draw against England on Tuesday night.

As it turned out, England rode their luck and scraped a 1-0 win in subdued fashion.

And the same outcome would suit Sean O’Driscoll’s win-less side down to the ground when they cross the Welsh border this weekend.

It’ll take a disciplined display to bring anything back to South Yorkshire and break a hoodoo which has seen Doncaster lose 4-0, 2-1, 3-0 and 7-1 on their last four visits to the Welsh capital.

But Rovers will be buoyed by the point they gained at home to Bristol City before the international break.

It was by no means a classic performance but Rovers got stronger as the game wore on - and they could be boosted by the return of James Coppinger and James O’Connor at the Cardiff City Stadium.

O’Connor might replace Sam Hird in the team this weekend, although Sam has done himself no harm at all since being recalled to the starting line-up.

And Coppinger could come in for Kyle Bennett if he has recovered from his calf strain, even though the former Bury man is probably Doncaster’s star performer this term.

It all depends on whether Sean O’Driscoll keeps faith with the three-at-the-back formation which has worked well in recent outings, utilising Mustapha Dumbuya and Tommy Spurr as wing backs.

The onus will on keeping things tight, catching Cardiff on the counter.

But with Earnshaw desperate to put right the wrongs of Tuesday night, Rovers might have to wait a little longer for that elusive victory.

Verdict: Home win