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27 August 2019 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Preview: Sheffield United v Rovers

Tony Mowbray could make changes for this evening's Carabao Cup clash at Bramall Lane

27 August 2019

Rovers return to action tonight for match two of a three-game week, with Tony Mowbray's side heading to Bramall Lane to tackle Sheffield United.

The trip to the Steel City sees both sides take their eyes of their respective league campaigns, with the focus firmly being on the Carabao Cup clash, which is now at the second round stage.

Mowbray's expected to make changes following a busy schedule, with a number of fringe players expected to play a part against the Premier League outfit, who themselves are likely to tinker with the team.

“It's an opportunity for other players to play and I'm sure Chris will be doing the same for his squad," the boss told iFollow Rovers, when touching on the game against The Blades.

“We'll see how we do there before preparing for the game against West Bromwich Albion, back in the Championship.”

The game is expected to come too soon for Tosin Adarabioyo and Ben Brereton, who have missed the last few games with troublesome injuries, which aren't believed to be too severe.

That means Ryan Nyambe could slip into one of the centre back roles in place of either Derrick Williams or Darragh Lenihan, whilst Greg Cunningham or Amari'i Bell will battle it out for a left back berth.

Jayson Leutwiler could get the nod in goal, as he did in round one against Oldham Athletic, and there could be a recall for Richie Smallwood, who was sent off for Rovers on our last visit to Bramall Lane last term.

Opposing manager Chris Wilder has hinted in his pre-match press conference that former Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison will start the game, whilst the same could be said for Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie, who have both been utilised off the bench frequently so far this term.

Simon Moore could get a run out in goal in place of Dean Henderson, as Wilder aims to rotate his team, and the experienced pairing of Richard Stearman and Phil Jagielka could well be a partnership at the heart of defence.

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm and you can track all the action on iFollow Rovers and our social media accounty.

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Report: Sheffield United 2-1 Rovers

Rovers bow out of the Carabao Cup in the second round stage at Bramall Lane

27 August 2019

Sam Gallagher's first goal as a permanent Rovers player wasn't enough as Rovers bowed out of the Carabao Cup at the second round stage against Sheffield United.

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Rovers bossed the first half and had a glut of opportunities to take the lead, most notably when Adam Armstrong saw his penalty saved by Simon Moore.

The Blades scored from their only two efforts on target through Richard Stearman and then Ollie Norwood, who fired home just before the break.

Gallagher nodded home with under 20 minutes remaining, and although the visitors pressed for an equaliser that would have sent the tie to penalties, ultimately it wasn't enough for Tony Mowbray's side.

The boss named eight changes to his starting XI, with Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams and Bradley Dack being the trio who kept their places from the side that began in the draw against Cardiff City at the weekend.

Rovers almost raced into an early lead after just five minutes, but Armstrong curled just past Simon Moore's left-hand post after being teed up by Corry Evans.

With the next opportunity came the next chance for Rovers, but after Dack got to the ball ahead of Richard Stearman in the box, Armstrong saw his spot kick saved by Moore down to his left.

Rovers were dominating the game and Rothwell smashes inches wide of the target from the edge of the box after Williams picked him out.

But with The Blades' first attempt of the game came the opening goal of the night.

Norwood's corner was missed by Jayson Leutwiler, which left Stearman with the easy job of nodding into the back of the net.

Rovers almost responded immediately, but a lovely one-two between Armstrong and Dack led to the former being denied by Moore, who bravely smothered at the frontman's feet.

On the stroke of half time the home side's lead was doubled as Norwood's first time strike nestled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after Ravel Morrison found him.

The flow of the game continued after the break, with Greg Cunningham seeing his header deflect onto the roof of the net soon after the start of the second half.

Sam Gallagher was brought on in place of the impressive Dack on the hour mark as Rovers went with the big striker up front with Armstrong.

Joe Rankin-Costello came on for his senior debut with 20 minutes remaining and almost instantly played his part in Rovers getting themselves on the scoresheet through Gallagher.

Rankin-Costello fed Armstrong down the left, and his deep cross found Gallagher at the back post who planted a header beyond Moore and into the corner of the net.

Rankin-Costello was making quite an impact, and saw his effort hacked off the line before Evans nodded a cross wide of target from close range.

Despite the late pressure, Rovers couldn't force an equaliser and therefore were dumped out of the competition.

The focus now turns to Saturday as Mowbray's men look to conclude a solid first month of the season with a trip to The Hawthorns to tackle West Bromwich Albion.

Sheffield United: Moore, K. Freeman, Stearman, Jagielka, Bryan (Stevens, 24), Morrison, Norwood (Mousset, 66), Osborn, Besic, McBurnie (L. Freeman, 46), Sharp (c).

Unused substitutes: Verrips, Basham, Lundstram, McGoldrick.

Goals: Stearman, 30, Norwood, 45

Booked: Stearman, 7, Morrison, 90.

Rovers: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), Williams, Cunningham, Smallwood (Travis, 66), Evans, Buckley, Dack (Gallagher, 60), Rothwell (Rankin-Costello, 71), Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: Walton, Graham, Chapman, Grayson.

Goal: Gallagher, 72

Booked: Lenihan, 78, Cunningham, 89.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham.

Attendance: 9,714 (553)

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