Neil Warnock admitted shortly before kick-off on Saturday afternoon that he was going into this game blind, unsure of the lasting impact of the covid outbreak in his squad and the resulting lack of preparation. It won't have taken him long to realise that the disruptions of the last fortnight had unsurprisingly taken their toll on Boro. Usually sharp, bright and full of bite, Boro were the opposite against struggling Birmingham City - tired, ponderous and lacking tempo and spark.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be out for up to 10 days because the Argentine striker is still isolating after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday. Aguero was expected to start in last weekend's FA Cup third-round tie against second-tier Birmingham City but did not feature in the matchday squad as City won 3-0.
However, the pair, along with Rothwell, were all sent on by the midway point of the second half as Rovers looked for a way back into the game against the League One side having trailed to a Taylor Richards strike. Victory over Birmingham City to start 2021 was just a second league victory in eight matches, and while Mowbray doesn't feel the momentum has been lost from that, he was disappointed that the starting line-up against Doncaster weren't able to get the job done.
|Promotion (League Winners): Norwich City|
|Promotion (Play Off): Swansea City, Brentford, Reading, Watford|
|Promotion (League Position): Bournemouth|
|Relegation (League Position): Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wycombe Wanderers|