Doncaster glad for Sharp absence

Last updated : 20 January 2007 By Daniel Elwes
The South Yorkshire side have won seven of their last eight games, and will be confident of extending that run against the Iron.

Sharp's absence through suspension gives them an extra bit of belief that they can claim a derby win at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But O'Driscoll will not be understimating the table-topping Iron, who have not lost in their last 12 away games and were 2-0 victors in the reverse leg at Glanford Park earlier in the season.

"I was impressed with them then and they looked like a good side," said O'Driscoll to the Doncaster Free Press.

"Sharp and Andy Keogh are an excellent partnership in attack and I can't disguise the fact that it is a bonus for us them not having Sharp available.

"But they are not a one man team and they have a lot of strength throughout the side.

"Their record shows they deserve to be on top, but I think we have progressed since we played them and Saturday will be a good test to see just how far we have come."

O'Driscoll welcomes back Gareth Roberts following a ban and striker Mark McCammon from injury, but is unlikely to make any changes to the side which beat Gillingham last Saturday.