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Preview: Middlesbrough U23s v Rovers U23s

A look ahead to a big clash up in the north-east

14 January 2018

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Damien Johnson's Development squad finally will play a league game for the first time in 2018 when they travel to take on Middlesbrough U23s on Sunday.

Johnson has seen the last few games in Premier League 2 called off, but the clash at Boro's Heritage Park is on, and it should be a classic.

Both sides have been thrashing it out to top the table all season, but currently Reading top the league, but have played two games more than Boro and three more than Rovers.

A win for Rovers will see them top the table, but the same can be said for Boro, who could go two points clear at the summit with victory over Johnson's side.

Boro suffered a surprise loss to Norwich last time out, but Rovers will come into this one fresh, with their only run out coming in the Lancashire Senior Cup win at Morecambe a couple of weeks ago.

It's expected that Lewis Travis and Willem Tomlinson have travelled up with the squad to the north-east, with Tony Mowbray all but confirming this after the first team's win over Shrewsbury a day earlier.

"Some of the players on the bench against Shrewsbury are likely to be off to play at Middlesbrough tomorrow," the boss said.

Kick-off at Heritage Park is at 1pm.

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