Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann claims he is expecting a much sterner test as opposed to the reverse fixture, when Scunthorpe face Rovers on Saturday at Glanford Park.
The Iron were dispatched of with relative ease at the Keepmoat in December, as McCann’s side romped to a 3-0 victory.
But impressive signings in early January have helped improve the form of pretty much all of the players at the club, as United have clawed themselves away from the relegation to a comfortable position in mid-table.
Rovers are having a superb season, and currently occupy the final Play Off spot going into the final months, but have Peterborough United hot on their tails.
“I was sat with Stuart’s assistant Kenny Black at the Barnsley game on Tuesday night,” McCann told The Star.
“He was saying it’s probably the players that they’ve brought in have raised the standards of the ones who were in the team.
“If you look at the players they’ve brought in, there’s only been one or two of them actually in the team over the past few games.
“It can go one of two ways when you bring that number of players in. It can either upset the dressing room. Or you can get a bounce from it, and that’s exactly what’s happened.
“Their form’s been excellent.
“They’ve got some very good players there and a very good manager.
“They’re a team that’s on the up and you can see they’re vastly improved from the last time we played them.”
The former Iron favourite touched on how difficult it is to go and play at Glanford Park, and despite Rovers flying high, expects Saturday to be no different.
“It’ll be different this time,” warned McCann. “They’ve changed their shape a little bit. Whether they play the way they have done in the last three games, I don’t know.
“It’s going to be difficult. It’s always difficult at Glanford Park, regardless of what time of year you go there.
“But the boys are confident. We’re in a confident mood.”
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