Boost for Rovers as Meite wins red card appeal

Doncaster Rovers's Abdoulaye Meite.
Doncaster Rovers's Abdoulaye Meite.
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DONCASTER ROVERS’ push for Championship survival has been given a major lift after Abdoulaye Meite’s red card from the Easter Monday clash at Millwall was overturned.

The Ivory Coast international was dismissed during the goalless draw at The Den following a foul on Lions striker, Stefan Maierhofer.

Both Paul Dickov and Millwall counterpart Ian Holloway deemed the decision by referee Fred Graham to be harsh, especially as it meant Meite would be ruled out of Rovers’ final two games – at home to Reading on Saturday and then the final day trip to Leicester City on May 3.

The ban also meant the defender would have played his last game for the south Yorkshire club due to having only joined on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Doncaster subsequently appealed, however, citing a “wrongful dismissal”. And that was upheld yesterday by the Football Association, clearing Meite to play during the all-important run-in.

In a further boost, Lucas Neill has extended his stay at the Keepmoat to include the final two games of the campaign.

The Australia international, signed from Watford on an initial month loan deal shortly before the transfer deadline, and has started three games.

He suffered a hamstring injury in the April 8 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, but is expected to be fit to face Reading along with Richie Wellens and James Husband.

Meanwhile, Lee Frecklington is in line to return for Rotherham United this weekend when Milton Keynes Dons travel to the new York Stadium.

The inspirational midfielder has missed the last four games with a back injury.

Frecklington’s return will come as manager Steve Evans promises to rotate his squad with the play-offs in mind.

Evans, who made several changes over Easter, said: “It is essential we win every game we play, especially when we tinker to give players game time.

“We will make two or three changes on Saturday and the same again at Swindon and I make no apologies for it. It is important I look at different personnel and options and it is my job to make sure we’re right for the play-offs.”