Manager-less Middlesbrough will seek just their 3rd league win of the season when they face Doncaster on Friday night.
The club currently sit 16th in the table after a poor start to the season that culminated in the departure of Tony Mowbray on Monday following the 3-2 loss to basement side Barnsley last weekend.
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Despite their poor campaign to date ‘boro had only lost one of their previous 5 games prior to the Barnsley clash however their failure to turns draws into wins proved costly for Mowbray.
Mark Venus is set to take charge of the team for the visit of Doncaster although with the likes of Tony Pulis, Martin O’Neill and Nigel Clough, all of whom are currently unattached, the former Wolves midfielder is set for a short stint in charge.
Doncaster meanwhile sits on place below Middlesbrough, level on points and will head into the game on the back of a heavy 4-1 defeat to Reading.
Rob Jones is a doubt ahead of the game. The Doncaster skipper went off in the final stages of the clash with Reading with a suspected broken arm and while that is not now the case the defender is still expected to miss the trip to Teeside.
Theo Robinson is pushing for a start after his impressive goal scoring appearance from the bench against Reading and manager Paul Dickov is expecting his side to is tipping his side to bounce back from the defeat.
“When we win matches, we try to draw the line under it quickly, and we’ll be doing that with this game as well”
“We’ll keep going, we’ll keep believing. I believe we have a squad capable of competing in this division” the former Oldham manager said.
Doncaster will head to the Riverside in mixed forms with narrow wins over Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday soured by defeats to Watford, Burnley and Reading.
Dickov side have played 5 teams in the top 7 in recent weeks and they will welcome the chance to pile the misery on Middlesbrough.