Woods fitness fight

Light session: Martin Woods has returned to training but is a doubt for tomorrow's match.            Picture: ANDREW ROE
Light session: Martin Woods has returned to training but is a doubt for tomorrow's match. Picture: ANDREW ROE
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DONCASTER Rovers’ duo Habib Beye and Martin Woods are both expected to face late fitness tests today ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Peterborough.

Former Premier League centre-back Beye, who has missed the last three games due to suspension, missed yesterday’s training session due to illness, while midfielder Woods, who missed last weekend’s game at Elland Road with a leg injury, just did a light session.

“I’ll see how they are tomorrow,” said Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders yesterday afternoon.

Left-back Tommy Spurr, carried off in Saturday’s game with concussion, trained for the first time this week yesterday and is set to be fit to face the Posh.

Rovers will be seeking to complete the double over Darren Ferguson’s side, who they beat 2-1 at London Road back in October after coming from behind. “We played three up front when we played them at Peterborough and they got at us a little bit in the first half,” said Saunders. “I changed things around in the second half and Kyle Bennett came on and won us the game.”

Posh scrapped their favoured diamond formation, after a string of poor results, in their 3-0 win over visiting Bristol City last weekend.

“I don’t know if they will play their normal game or play like they did against Bristol,” said the Doncaster boss.

“They try and play football and when they play the diamond shape in midfield they are hard to contain because they do it very well.

“But we’ve got a game-plan and we’ve also got a Plan B so they are going to have to try and stop us. Even though we are going into the game on the back of successive defeats, the players know that we are going in the right direction.

“We might be bottom but the only reason that we are is that we’ve got two games in hand. I’d have certainly taken the number of points we have now at this stage of the season if someone had offered me it when I first took over and we were in danger of being cast adrift.

“Obviously what has happened to Portsmouth has helped us, but I feel that we are in with a good chance of staying up.”

Tomorrow’s game pairs the two sides with the joint-second worse defensive record in the Championship.

Only Ipswich Town have conceded more than the 51 goals that both Rovers and Posh have let in during the current campaign.