This weekend could prove pivotal for a number of Sky Bet League One teams, including AFC Wimbledon and Doncaster Rovers, who battle it out for three crucial points in our featured game.
📅 Match details
Kick-off at Plough Lane on Saturday 26 February is 15:00 as Rovers make the trip from South Yorkshire to South London.
Match officials include referee Robert Lewis, assistant officials Dean Treleaven and Christopher Wade, and fourth official Samuel Ogles.
👔 At the helm
This month marks a year as Dons head coach for Mark Robinson, who stepped into the role in an interim basis in January 2021, before being appointed as permanent manager just a month later.
Robinson, who initially joined the Club in 2004, has spent 18 years at AFC Wimbledon under a number of different guises, including Head of Youth, Centre of Excellence Manager, Academy Manager, Lead Professional Phase Coach, Loan Manager and First Team Coach, before taking up a managerial role.
Similarly, Doncaster Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey was named as manager of the South Yorkshire side earlier in the season after a spell in temporary charge after the 39-year-old picked up his first win as Rovers boss at home to Shrewsbury Town mid-way through December.
The former winger enjoyed two spells with Doncaster during his playing career following a successful loan spell from Scunthorpe United.
🔑 Key man
One of the Dons’ most exciting young prospects, Ayoub Assal has been with the Club from Under-12s level, joining AFC Wimbledon from Millwall.
After making his debut in November 2019 in the EFL Trophy, the attacking midfielder made an impression in his breakthrough campaign last season, which saw the 20-year-old make 29 appearances as the Dons preserved their League One status for another year.
Ever-present in the Rovers defence, captain Tommy Rowe re-joined Doncaster in the summer after two years away from the Eco-Power Stadium. The skipper, who won promotion to League One with the Club in 2017, departed for Bristol City in 2019 before returning to South Yorkshire in May.
The 33-year-old also has four goals to his name in 34 League appearances this season, including the winner against promotion pushing Sunderland – now Doncaster’s joint top scorer.
📈 Form guide
Winless in their last 14 League One outings, AFC Wimbledon sit just outside the drop zone, two points clear of this weekend’s visitors Doncaster. However, the Dons, who sit in 20th, picked up a valuable point against Gillingham, sitting in 23rd place, in midweek, recording a goalless draw with Neil Harris’ side.
Doncaster, meanwhile, secured a 2-0 midweek victory over Accrington Stanley to go alongside wins against the Black Cats and Lincoln City earlier this month. McSheffrey's side have found a groove of form of late, with two wins in their last three and triumph over Wimbledon could see 22nd-placed Rovers break out of the bottom four.
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