DONCASTER Rovers assistant manager Brian Carey will renew acquaintances with a familiar face this afternoon in Mark Robins.
The rejuvenated Sky Blues head to the Keepmoat Stadium in form and are unbeaten in six games, having thumped Midlands rivals Walsall 5-1 last weekend with Barnsley target David McGoldrick and Carl Baker bagging two goals apiece.
It promises to be a stiff test of second-placed Rovers’ credentials against Robins’s troops.
Keepmoat No 2 Carey was a team-mate of the former Tykes and Millers chief Robins when they were aspiring young players at Manchester United.
Carey has pinpointed 15-goal loan striker McGoldrick, who has set himself a target of 30 goals for Coventry if his move is made permanent next month, as a potential danger to Doncaster.
On an arduous examination for Rovers, themselves unbeaten in five matches, Carey said: “They have got some good players and it will be a tough game, there’s no doubt about that.
“I have seen a bit of them recently and they are a decent footballing side and we’ll have to be ready for that. I have known their manager since we were both at Manchester United. He’s got a good record in management – he did well at both Rotherham and Barnsley and I was surprised he was out of the game so long.
“He knows what he is doing and he has gone there and turned things around. They are on a good run and have been scoring a lot of goals in recent games.
“McGoldrick’s been scoring a lot of goals for them this season. He is a decent player and our defenders will have to be as alert as they have been all season.”
Rovers – who dug deep to draw 1-1 at Swindon Town last weekend – could go top if they beat the Sky Blues and current leaders Tranmere Rovers drop points at Bramall Lane.
Captain Rob Jones and Iain Hume are expected to feature, despite coming off in last Saturday’s game at the County Ground, while David Syers (ankle) and Martin Woods (thigh) are rated at 50-50.
Today’s game also sees former Sky Blues captain Sammy Clingan lock horns with his former club after leaving in the wake of relegation last term.