Grant McCann is convinced Doncaster Rovers can crack Darren Ferguson’s diamond – or any other system the Peterborough United boss may deploy. Ferguson favoured a diamond midfield during his 32 month spell in charge of Rovers and has kept faith the the variation of 4-4-2 since returning to Peterborough for a third spell a fortnight ago.But McCann revealed his squad have been prepared for a number of potential options which Ferguson may choose.“Since Darren has gone in, he's changed it to a diamond which he played a lot here,” McCann said.“Whether he comes with a diamond here we'll see. Lee Tomlin is suspended so it might change things.“We've prepare for one or two ways he may go so nothing is a surprise to us when we see the team on Saturday.”McCann has spoken of his respect and gratitude towards Ferguson, under whom he played the best football of his career at Peterborough and began his coaching career with the London Road … [Read more...] about Doncaster Rovers ready to crack the Darren Ferguson diamond
Nick Powell is in line to travel to Rotherham this weekend to give Wigan Athletic a massive boost. The ex-Manchester United man has been out for two-and-a-half months with hamstring and calf problems.But he’s back now and, with Antonee Robinson and Gavin Massey also in the squad to face the Millers after injury, Paul Cook is chuffed to bits.“There’s a real positivity about the squad at the moment, with players coming back,” he said.“Antonee and Gavin have both had a full week’s training, both had minutes under their belts in a behind-closed doors game, and both in the squad.“Nick trained full-out on Friday morning, he’s come through everything.“He’ll hopefully be in the travelling squad for Rotherham, and that’s great news for the whole club.“We’ve had a couple of months of ‘same options’, with respect to the other players.“Now all of a sudden it looks like a whole new squad of players … [Read more...] about It’s Miller time for Wigan Athletic as Nick Powell ready for Rotherham trip!
Scarborough RUFC’s Tom Ratcliffe is eyeing up a rare victory on the road at York this weekend as the men from Silver Royd bid to end their dismal run at Clifton Park and boost their North One East title bid. “We’ve got a poor record at York, it’s a really tough place to go,” said the fly-half.“We beat them at home earlier in the season in what was a high-scoring, free-flowing game, and hopefully we can manage the double over them with a win this weekend.“We’d ideally not like to concede 43 points in the process, hopefully the game will be a little bit tighter this time.”While Ratcliffe is excited by the prospect of sealing back-to-back promotions with Scarborough sitting top of the North One East standings with eight games left, he insists the players aren’t getting carried away.“It would be fantastic, something we could look back on in 20 or 30 years time, but we are focused on the games we have left now,” added … [Read more...] about Scarborough RUFC’s Ratcliffe ready for York test
Keith Curle is backing his Cobblers players to rise to 'the fantastic challenge' of taking on Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln City in their own backyard on Saturday (ko 3pm). Town travel to what is expected to be a sold-out Sincil Bank boosted by Tuesday night's much-needed 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers.It was a result that lifted the gloom following last weekend's 4-0 home humbling at the hands of Colchester United and, more importantly, saw the Cobblers move 10 points clear of the relegation zone.It means the pressure is off in a game that title-chasing Lincoln, who slipped up as they drew 1-1 at rock-bottom Notts County last weekend, will be expected to win, and Curle believes his team can thrive in the role of underdog."This is a fantastic challenge for the players, and sometimes the best time to face a challenge like this is after a fantastic victory like the one on Tuesday," said the Cobblers boss."There is no better time for us to go and play the division's top team, and again … [Read more...] about Curle believes Cobblers are ready for ‘fantastic challenge’ at leaders Lincoln
Alan Dickens has urged Saints to maintain their ruthless streak as they bid to secure a place in the Premiership Rugby Cup final this weekend. The black, green and gold host Newcastle Falcons in Saturday's semi-final at Franklin's Gardens (kick-off 12.15pm). And Saints will be out for revenge against a Falcons team they have lost to in each of the past five meetings between the clubs. Newcastle have claimed late victories on their past two visits to the Gardens, with their most recent success coming via an added time try from Mark Wilson in December. But Saints have been scoring tries for fun since that stodgy 16-14 defeat, with Chris Boyd's men bagging 30 tries in their past three matches. And Dickens said: "We need to be clinical on Saturday and in recent weeks we have been pretty good at that. "We know the strengths Newcastle possess. "They're a very dogged side, they defend as a group and we saw that when we played them here earlier in the season. "They're tough to break down and … [Read more...] about Saints ready to continue ruthless streak in semi-final clash