Doncaster Rovers know exactly what to expect from Mansfield Town

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Gary McSheffrey believes Mansfield will have last season's FA Cup upset over Doncaster Rovers fresh in their minds when they visit the Eco-Power Stadium tomorrow.

The Stags have lost all three of their previous games on the road this term but scored three second-half goals against Rovers in December to cancel out Branden Horton’s early effort and progress to the third round.

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They will be backed by more than 2,600 travelling fans this weekend with Doncaster, who boast a 100 per cent home record in League Two, expecting their biggest crowd of the season.

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“They’re coming here to win and get a result,” said Rovers boss McSheffrey.

"They did it last year and they will fancy themselves to do it again.

"They know at some point it’s swings and roundabouts with results, things change. We’ve just got to make sure it doesn’t change this Saturday.”

Mansfield midfielder George Lapslie struck twice last time out at a sodden Eco-Power Stadium and netted the winner in his side’s 3-2 win over Manchester City’s under-21s on Tuesday.

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Tommy Rowe takes the ball on with George Lapslie in pursuit.Tommy Rowe takes the ball on with George Lapslie in pursuit.
Tommy Rowe takes the ball on with George Lapslie in pursuit.

He is expected to play tomorrow and said: “Last time we were at Donny the fans made it a home game for us so that can be the thing to get the monkey off our back for us.”

McSheffrey said: "I don’t we were a team that was fit enough back then, I think we are now.

"They are up against a different team.”

Club captain Tommy Rowe was in the Doncaster team dumped out of the cup by Nigel Clough’s men and scored a late consolation goal.

He is set to make his two-hundredth appearance in red and white on Saturday

“We’ve been on a journey from then,” Rowe said.

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"You can clearly see the improvement from the performances on the pitch. We were in a transition stage during that spell. We learnt a lot from that.

"I think our successful now is down to what we learnt through those tricky stages where there was little hope on the pitch and people were working really hard off it to get it right for now and in the future.”

A minute’s applause will take place before kick-off in memory of former Doncaster manager Sammy Chung, who died last weekend aged 90 following a long illness, the club said.