Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann reveals that Rovers have practised penalties

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DONCASTER ROVERS manager Grant McCann has confirmed that his side have practised penalties ahead of Friday night's League One play-off semi-final second leg against Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Charlton start out as favourites to progress to the Wembley final after securing a 2-1 success in the first meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday lunch-time, although a late goal from Matty Blair gave the hosts a spot of hope heading into the second instalment in South-East London.

Addicks chief Lee Bowyer has revealed that his side have not practised spot-kicks, with that being the scenario if the aggregate scores are level after extra time of Friday's encounter.

While accepting that penalties in a training-ground environment are no substitute for that scenario in a game, McCann has taken precautions nevertheless.

The Rovers boss said: "We have practised this week and they have been good.

"But is is hard. The squad can handle it on the training ground, which is easy. But when there's 25,000 people screaming at you, it is a different kettle of fish.

"But I am confident at this group looking at the last few days and especially today (Wednesday) taking them. They look confident and we have got some very good technicians, but there were also some good saves from the three keepers.

"If it goes that far, it goes that far. But we would like to get it done before then."

McCann reports no fresh injuries from Sunday's game, with Mallik Wilks, who had an injury issue ahead of the game, being available.

McCann added: "Everyone is fit, which is pleasing really as they have come through a tough game. We have had a good week's training.

"Mallik is no better or worse really. He's fine and we have managed him for one or two days and he is good to go.

"It is nothing to worry about. More of a fatigued muscle and it just needs managing for one or two days and then he is good."