Bristol City v Doncaster Rovers: Forrester and Wellens pushing for starts

Harry Forrester
Harry Forrester

Harry Forrester and Richie Wellens are pushing for starting berths against high flying Bristol City.

The pair came off the bench in the disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Oldham - just seconds before the visitors took the wind out of Doncaster’s sails with a second goal from the penalty spot.

But Dickov could now turn to the duo to breathe new life into his side following a flat display against the Latics.

Wellens, yet to start a game this season, is in contention to replace the jet-setting Dean Furman.

Furman earned rave reviews for South Africa in their 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on Friday and was expected to start for Bafana Bafana against Nigeria in Cape Town yesterday.

His recent air miles - and also his patchy form for Doncaster in an unfamiliar advanced role - might tempt Dickov into a straight swap with Wellens.

The Scot is likely to keep faith with the 4-2-3-1 formation that worked excellently in the last two away games at Colchester and Watford, where Rovers looked a real threat on the counter attack.

And Forrester’s bright cameo against Oldham could be enough to earn him a start ahead of Kyle Bennett on the left flank.

Nathan Tyson is likely to continue in a lone front role, although Theo Robinson will be fresher than expected after he was left out of Jamaica’s 18-man party for their friendly with Canada this week despite being named in the initial squad.

Bristol City, along with Preston, are one of just two sides still unbeaten in League One.

Steve Cotterill’s side went second in the table by beating Scunthorpe 2-0 at home on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Aden Flint and Greg Cunningham.

Doncaster’s last two visits to Ashton Gate have resulted in defeats.

Rovers memorably won there 5-2 in March 2010, with the help of double strikes from Billy Sharp and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (now at City).