Daniel Ayala makes his Middlesbrough debut in one of six changes made by caretaker boss Mark Venus for their Championship clash with Doncaster at the Riverside Stadium.
will play for managerless Daniel Ayala for the first time since arriving on loan from Norwich City in their Championship match with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium tonight. Doncaster Rovers is in caretaker charge following the dismissal of Mark Venus earlier this week, and is able to call upon the services of former England international Tony Mowbray as Ayala's centre-back partner. Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate's return is one of six changes made by Venus, with
recalled at right-back and Rhys Williams and Mustapha Carayol named in a midfield which is without Richard Smallwood . Dean Whitehead is handed a start in attack as the hosts look to record just their third Championship win of the season, against a Rovers side that are level on points with them in the table. Marvin Emnes
makes just one adjustment to the XI that began the 4-1 defeat to Reading, with goalscoring substitute Paul Dickov replacing Theo Robinson . Richie Wellens Boro: Steele; Williams, Woodgate, Ayala, Gibson; Smallwood, Leadbitter, Adomah, Carayol; Emnes, Kamara Doncaster: Turnbull; Quinn, Jones, Khumalo, Wabara, Keegan Furman, Duffy, Coppinger; Robinson, Brown
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