Doncaster Rovers: A good time to play Orient?

Manager: Russell Slade's side are seeking their first win of the year.                              Picture: PA WIRE
Manager: Russell Slade's side are seeking their first win of the year. Picture: PA WIRE

THERE’S good times and bad times to play teams, and weather permitting this would not be an entirely bad time to meet Orient.

The Orient express has gathered pace in spectacular fashion over the last few months.

But following a sensational November and December, it has stalled somewhat since the turn of year as Orient heads have been turned by the prospect of reaching Wembley.

Distracted perhaps by their run to the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and after losing to Hull City in extra-time of their FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday night, Russell Slade’s side head to South Yorkshire in search of their first league win of 2013.

This is on the back of a sensational eight straight wins before Christmas which helped move the O’s closer to the play-off positions than the relegation zone.

Crucial to that run was the return to fitness of experienced forward Kevin Lisbie, whose influence was hailed by Slade.

The former Charlton forward, however, has since torn his hamstring and will not be available this weekend; another plus point for Doncaster if the game goes ahead.

Slade moved to sign Charlie MacDonald on a free transfer from MK Dons last week, adding vital cover up front, and the 31-year-old is poised to make his debut at the Keepmoat.

“It’s no secret that we’ve been after a striker to add to our options up front”, said Slade.

“Charlie has an excellent goalscoring record and is sure to complement David Mooney and the other strikers we have.

“We did more than enough over the two games to get a result to be honest,” added Slade, following the FA Cup heartbreak against Hull.

“I just thought we acquitted ourselves excellently. We took the game to them from the first minute.

“There was so much courage.

“They dug so deep for the football club. It was unreal on the back of the games we’ve had so far.”

Former Doncaster midfielder Anthony Griffith is set to return to the squad after serving a two match suspension for his red card against Yeovil Town.