BURTON Albion are looking to build on a brilliant 4-0 win at home to Accrington Stanley in midweek with the visit of Doncaster Rovers to the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon!
Today’s match is our designated Rainbow Laces fixture. From today until Monday 13 December, EFL Clubs will support the campaign with specific matchday activity including Rainbow coloured corner flags, captain armbands and substitution board stickers alongside wider LGBTQ+ inclusion activity organised by clubs which will take part across England and Wales throughout the campaign.
The EFL and clubs will also be using Rainbow Laces weekends to re-emphasise their ‘Together Against Discrimination’ matchday messaging which was launched at the start of the season.
The Brewers got back to winning ways on Tuesday night against Accrington, following a run of four league defeats in a row. Daniel Jebbison and Jonny Smith each netted twice in that game, with Albion scoring twice either side of half-time to take a memorable victory against Stanley.
Our opponents today meanwhile are without a league win in five since a 3-2 victory at home to Cheltenham Town at the end of October. A 3-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers last week, when playing with 10 men for the entire second half, followed back-to-back draws against Lincoln City and Crewe Alexandra.
HEAD 2 HEAD
This will be the eighth league meeting between the two clubs since Albion’s promotion to the EFL, of which Albion have won just two and lost one. The remaining league ties between our two clubs since 2014 have ended in draws, with Rovers also taking two victories in the old format of the EFL Trophy.
The last two games between the side, played behind-closed-doors last season, ended in three points apiece, with Doncaster taking a 3-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium and Albion recording a 3-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium last April.
In that 3-0, Lucas Akins, Tom Hamer and Hayden Carter were on target as the Brewers moved 11 points clear of the Sky Bet League One drop zone – almost safe, if not quite mathematically secure in the third tier for another season.
BREWERS TEAM NEWS
Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink confirmed in his weekly press conference yesterday that centre-back Michael Bostwick (Achilles) and midfielder Michael Mancienne (suspension) both return to the squad for today’s game.
“Michael Mancienne and Michael Bostwick are back, they are both available,” said Hasselbaink. “They both trained on Friday and are ready for selection.”
Albion remain without Deji Oshilaja (suspension) while Louis Moult (ankle) and Tom Hewlett (leg) continue to make progress from their longer-term injuries.
DONCASTER ROVERS TEAM NEWS
Doncaster could be boosted by the return of Ben Close and Jordy Hiwula. Midfielder Close has missed a month of action with a hamstring injury while striker Hiwula has missed three games with a foot issue.
Winger Jon Taylor is likely to miss out with an ankle issue while Rovers have appealed a red card handed to defender Joseph Olowu in their 3-0 defeat at Bolton last week.
Peter Wright will be the match referee for this afternoon’s game. Wright has shown 50 yellow cards and one red in 16 games so far this season, and last officiated a game involving the Brewers in a home defeat to Oxford United last season.
Andrew Hendley and Thomas Harty are the assistants while Mark Cunliffe is the fourth official.
As today’s game falls in the UEFA blackout window, the match is NOT available for fans based in the UK or Ireland to stream.
Fans based internationally can stream the game – head to our iFollow page to buy your Match Pass if you reside abroad.
The day after the game, the EFL will make highlights and a Full Match Replay of the game available to anyone with a free iFollow Brewers account. Simply click here to register for one.
The best way to watch iFollow videos is via the official App, which is available on mobiles and tablets and can be downloaded below:
MATCH SPONSOR TC HARRISON FORD
This year TC Harrison Ford is celebrating 90 years in business and has represented the Ford Motor Company in Burton for over 22 years. Operating from their Horninglow Street dealership they have all the Ford products available as well as a selection of quality used vehicles.
With the backup of a vastly experienced aftersales team for service and repairs, TCH can take care of all your motoring needs. Visit www.tch.co.uk for more about the TCH heritage and see some great offers.
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH SPONSOR Colin Barnett
Colin is celebrating his 80th birthday with family and friends today. He says: “I have supported the Brewers for more than 50 years from standing on the terraces at Eton Park to a seat at the Pirelli Stadium. We lived in Chapel Lane, Rolleston, before moving to Beacon Road and Ben Robinson lived just around the corner in Dodslow Avenue near my auntie’s.
"My sisters Jean and Pam and I attended the Sunday School at the Methodist Chapel with Ben and each year they held an anniversary where all the children sang together on a structure called the Platform. I remember Ben singing heartily.
"All the lads from the village would play football on the field at Marston Lane and John Hodson-Walker (Oscar) would always score the most goals. He later went on to play for the Brewers. Great memories from almost 70 years ago."
Families can start their matchday experience 90 minutes before kick-off, with a range of fun activities on the 3G pitch next to the BACT building.
The Family Zone will feature music, lots of games and activities, teas and coffees as well as appearances from two first-team players!*
Visitors to the Family Zone will be encouraged to grab an ‘honesty flag’ to use during the game to cheer on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team which we ask you to return after the match. The Family Zone will be open from 1.30pm until 2.45pm.
More information for families: https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/fans/families/
Cash turnstiles will be in operation for home fans only in the UK Waterproofing Solutions Stand and the Don Amott Stand. You can also purchase tickets from the Ticket Office at the Pirelli Stadium for the South Stand. Please note all prices increase by £2 on a matchday.
*Players may be subject to change