September 28, 2014
What the managers said
A very disappointed Paul Dickov faced the press after yesterday's defeat, and hinted at changes for the next game after few players acquitted themselves much during the match.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I'm a little bit embarrassed by the performance to tell you the truth. I want to apologise to the fans, because they were brilliant and they are probably the only plus point. The players know exactly how we feel and if I can change things around I will. We set standards all the time in training and we fell well short of that today."
He added: "We started quite well and after 25 minutes took control, but the goal we conceded in injury time was amateurish. We gave away a stupid free-kick. We have been good on our travels. Maybe some of my players thought they were a good team overnight. We must work harder and get the basics right. You have to have desire every single time you go out."
"If you don’t run harder, worker harder, do the basics right in football, you’re going to get beat and Walsall did all of that better than us. That’s the most disappointing thing, the only thing I can take out of today is I’d like to apologise to our fans, I’d like to apologise to them because they don’t deserve that."
In contrast, Walsall boss Dean Smith praised his team, as he was able to select something approaching a full strength side for the first time this season.
He commented after the match: "It was a very good performance all-round. We controlled the game and I probably thought we scored our first goal just when we had come off the tempo for 10 minutes at the end of the first-half. I thought we controlled the game, played at a good tempo and went and pressed them well and scored some good goals as well."
He added: "There were a lot of really good performances and it was hard to pick out anybody. I thought 'Fordey' was excellent, Romaine Sawyers was excellent with Tom Bradshaw and Adam Chambers. The two centre-halves were excellent all day so throughout the team today it was good. I can’t remember the goalkeeper having to make a save. It's probably as good as our front four have played this season. James Baxendale had tried a few things in the first half without them actually coming off, slipped over a few times too. And then he does what we know he can do and what we have been waiting for him to do for a while. It was a great finish on his left foot.”
September 28, 2014
Goals review
For a change, we begin this week's review of former Rovers players scoring goals by looking abroad - to Malta, to be precise. Ex-Rovers striker Dene Shields scored twice as Xwekija Tigers recorded a 5-1 win over St Lawrence Spurs to maintain their 100% winning start to the season. Shields struck in the 4th minute, adding his second five minutes after the break.
Back in England, David Cotterill scored for Birmingham City in their 2-1 home defeat against Fulham in the Championship.
In League One, Jonathan Forte levelled the score line for Oldham Athletic in their home game against Scunthorpe, for who Andrew Boyce had scored three minutes earlier in what was his first goal for the Iron. Further goals saw Oldham record a 3-2 victory.
Finally, in League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa scored a consolation goal for AFC Wimbledon in the 70th minute as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at Newport County.
September 28, 2014
McCoist insists Shiels has future at Rangers
Glasgow Rangers boss Ally McCoist has stressed that former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has a future at the club, despite not being a first team regular this season.
Shiels has made just four appearances as a substitute for the club this season, but made a return to the score sheet during the week by getting one of their goals in the League Cup tie against Falkirk, which Rangers won 3-1.
McCoist told Sky Sports: "Shiels is different in that very few players can play in the hole and link up when you go 4-4-1-1. Shiels is ideally suited to do that. We've got a lot of direct frontmen whether it's Boydy, Miller, Jon Daly or Nicky Clark. If you're looking for someone to drop off into that hole Dean is perfect to do that. He scores goals too. Look at his record. He was out injured for a period last season but he scores. Anyone who does that will have a future here."
September 27, 2014
Walsall v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will make at least one change to the side that played at Fulham for this afternoon's away game at Walsall, with striker Nathan Tyson ruled out after suffering from concussion on Tuesday. Theo Robinson is likely to return to the side after being a substitute at Craven Cottage.
Apart from that, Rovers are likely to select from the same players, with Rob Jones nearing a return, but Rovers indicate that today's game is likely to be a little too soon for Rob to be considered. Striker Curtis Main has resumed training this week, but is not close enough to full fitness to be in the squad.
Walsall are reporting that their injury problems are starting to ease, with leading scorer Tom Bradshaw set to return after recovering from a hamstring injury. Bradshaw has impressed since arriving at the club from Shrewsbury and Walsall have struggled to score goals in the games he has been missing.
Former Rovers defender James Chambers has been declared fit, but may have to settle for a place on the bench after their defence put in a solid showing last Saturday at Gillingham.
Nearing a return, although not for today, are Jordan Cook and Ben Purkiss, which will then mean that only Sam Mantom (knee) will continue to be out due to injury.
Rovers will be hoping for a return to form on the road - they have won the first four away games, but have now lost consecutive games on the road against Bristol City and Fulham.
September 27, 2014
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Walsall will be:
Referee: Scott Mathieson
Assistant referees: Mark Duncan and Paul Graham
Fourth official: Andrew Fox
September 27, 2014
Dickov brings in Goater as coach
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has brought in his former Manchester City team mate Shaun Goater to help out as a part-time coach for the club's forwards, which he hopes will yield dividends this season.
Dickov has told his players "open their ears" to the ideas that Goater will contribute, as he told the Doncaster Star: "What I’ve said to all the attacking players is don’t just watch what he does on the training ground because if you look at his career from where he started to where he finished, it’s inspirational. The sort of things he had to go through like the culture shock of going from Bermuda to Manchester United and then to Rotherham. People look at The Goat and say he’s probably one of the biggest legends in City’s history and rightly so, but it wasn’t always that way. He’s someone that’s had to work, fight and scrap his way to where he got to. Our lads can take a lot just by sitting down and having a chat with him."
Dickov has returned to England from his native Bermuda to start a career in coaching, and is working at Rovers on a voluntary basis once a week.
September 27, 2014
Tamas out for months
Ex-Rovers defender Gabriel Tamas will miss most of the season after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Watford in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.
Tamas has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and faces an operation to repair the damage, but as Watford's assistant manager, Ruben Martinez, told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We will arrange an operation for next week. With an ACL problem you can usually expect to be back within five or six months. But we have to wait and see what the surgeon says after the surgery."
September 26, 2014
Whaley in charge
Ex-Rovers midfielder Simon Whaley has been installed as the caretaker manager at West Lancashire League club Eagley, following the departure of Alex Harvie last at the weekend. Eagley are next to bottom of the Premier Division after losing to second placed Charnock Richard, not helped by being reduced to ten men, but Whaley has been charged with stabilising the team until a new man is appointed.
Chairman Mike Buckley said: “I had a chat with Alex and there was a mutual agreement that it was time for him to step down. Simon has initially been installed as manager and we will look at him over the next couple of weeks to see how he gets on. It will be the decision of the club if he stays on."
Whaley spent a short time at Doncaster Rovers early in 2011 as he returned to playing after an injury absence, but only made it as far as the bench as an unused substitute, before moving on to play briefly for Burton Albion.
Eagley play Burnley United, who are just one place above them in the league table, tomorrow.
September 26, 2014
Turnbull eyes first team return
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is out to be the first choice keeper at Barnsley, despite a back injury keeping him out of the season until this week, with him making a much delayed debut in their 2-1 away defeat at Port Vale on Saturday.
He impressed during the Reds' defeat, which would have been much heavier but for some great saves by the former Chelsea man.
He told The Star: "It’s been frustrating not playing to be honest. I’ve had this problem with my back and I could still feel it [on Saturday] to be honest, but it’s started to gradually get better. But I’ve been able to train and now play, so hopefully through time it will just disappear."
"I really enjoyed my first two [loan] spells at the club, so it’s good to be back here now and finally playing."
"I’ve got the shirt at the moment, so it’s up to me to keep it. It’s a squad game though and there’s injuries throughout the squad, so everyone has got to be prepared to play their part if we’re going to be successful. Adam (Davies) has been brilliant so far, but that’s football. I’ve been in the same position before and we both know we’ve got to work hard if we want to keep the jersey. Adam’s a very good goalkeeper and he’s going to push me all the way. He’s shown what he can do in the games he’s played, but it’s up to me to keep improving game by game and keep my place. But game by game I’m sure my match sharpness will improve and I’m looking forward to that challenge."
September 26, 2014
Dickov tells Harry - be clever on pitch
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has been giving midfielder Harry Forrester some advice as far as managing his discipline on the pitch, following Harry's second red card and subsequent suspension of the season.
Dickov, who was only sent off once in his entire career, said: "Harry couldn’t believe the answer when I asked him how many times I’d been sent off in my career. It was only once. I was trying to say to him that you’ve got to be a little bit more clever."
"He’s a player I think has got the potential to be a top, top player. He’s not a bad egg, he’s not a maverick or any of the other things I’ve heard said about him. If anything the frustration of having the injuries of last season and the frustration of knowing what he can bring to the team and what a top player he can be is possibly coming out."
He added: "What probably hurt Harry more than anything else was knowing he had jeopardised his place in the team, but he’s responded exactly in the manner you would want. He showed exactly what he is capable of. Players react when he’s out there because they know what he’s capable of.”
September 26, 2014
Voting results v Fulham
We received nominations for just three different players for Tuesday evening's "Man of the Match" voting, which was for the away game at Fulham in the Capital One Cup.
Stand-in skipper James Coppinger was the runaway winner, gaining over two out of every three votes cast, with defender Luke McCullough and Harry Forrester each gaining a little over 15% of the votes.
Thank you, as always, for those who took the time to vote - the next voting will open on Saturday following the away game at Walsall.
September 25, 2014
Goals review
On another evening of League Cup action, there were three more former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals.
We begin at the Pirelli Stadium, where Kazenga LuaLua scored one of Brighton & Hove Albion's goals in their 3-0 win at Burton Albion.
It was not such happy news for ex-Rovers defender Matt Mills, complete with beard. He levelled things for Bolton Wanderers in their game at Chelsea, but a second half goal from Oscar gave the Londoners a 2-1 victory.
Finally, a cracking strike by Ryan Mason saved Tottenham Hotspur's blushes. Nottingham Forest had taken the lead in the 61st minute at White Hart Lane and looked to be heading for the fourth round, but Mason's strike in the 72nd minute set Spurs on the way to victory by levelling the score. The Premiership side then had the attacking momentum and went on to a 3-1 win.
September 25, 2014
Green called up by Ireland
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Green has been called up by the Republic of Ireland for their Euro 2016 qualifying games against Gibraltar and Germany.
Green is in a provisional 37 man squad named by Martin O'Neill after recovering from a foot injury that kept him out of recent games for Rotherham United, but he successfully returned to action at the weekend.
The full squad named is: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Paul McShane (Hull), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Stephen Ward (Burnley); James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Paul Green (Rotherham), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (all Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton, Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke) Kevin Doyle (Crystal Palace), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Reading), Conor Sammon (Ipswich).
September 25, 2014
Dean enjoying new role
Dean Furman has found himself playing in an unfamiliar role for Rovers this season, which is helping him to hold down a place in the Rovers side.
He is being asked to play in a more advanced place in the team, in front of central midfielders Paul Keegan, Marc de Val Fernandez and Richie Wellens, which is helping the more attacking players find a bit more space on the field.
As he told the Doncaster Star: "It’s something I discussed with the gaffer pre-season. It’s about helping the team, not necessarily me, by getting forward more, taking players away with runs and freeing up more space for the likes of James Coppinger and Richie Wellens to get on the ball. In the few games I’ve played there, I’ve really enjoyed it. Hopefully goals are just around the corner for me as well. It’s something we’ve looked at and I feel I’ve got good energy and I can get forward as well as contributing defensively."
"We’ve got good players who like to sit in like Paul Keegan and Marc De Val and obviously Richie will pick up the ball from deep. If I can be slightly different to other central midfielders and get forward, that will help us."
September 25, 2014
Court hearing from Imps fans
Ten Lincoln City supporters have appeared in court after being charged with public order offences after their home friendly against Doncaster Rovers on July 12th.
They are all charged with threatening behaviour, with one also charged with breaching a football banning order.
All have been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on 7th October, but have had to agree to stay out of Lincoln city centre for two hours before, during and after Lincoln City home games, and not to visit host towns during Lincoln City away match days.
September 24, 2014
Fulham 2 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers bowed out of the League Cup last night against Championship club Fulham, although a late penalty miss by Theo Robinson could have cost Rovers dearly, as that would have brought the score back to 2-2 and could have sent the game into extra time.
Harry Forrester had to be content with a place on the bench after completing a two match ban, with Paul Dickov electing to make two changes from the side that beat Chesterfield on Saturday; Liam Wakefield and Paul Keegan replaced Jamie McCombe and Marc de Val Fernandez.
Fulham took the lead in the 16th minute when former Rovers loanee Ross McCormack knocked the ball down for Bryan Ruiz to crack the ball into the top corner of the Rovers' net. Dean Furman's header a few minutes later went well wide after he met a cross by Cedric Evina, but Fulham doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Dan Burn headed home from six yards following a short corner.
Rovers made a double change after half time, with Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson replacing Kyle Bennett and Richie Wellens, with Rovers taking the game to Fulham, with the pressure paying off on the hour as James Coppinger cut in from the left to fire home and reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Then came the penalty miss, which was awarded after Burn handled the ball, but Robinson's penalty was not placed well enough, and the Fulham keeper palmed the ball round the post.
September 24, 2014
What the managers said
Paul Dickov refused to criticise penalty taker Theo Robinson, despite thinking that Rovers could have gone on to win the game if the spot kick had been converted.
He said after the game: "Theo's taken penalties for us before and I'll never have a go at anyone who stands up there as I've done it myself. He put it on target but the keeper made a good save. The only disappointment is if it had gone in I think we would have gone on to win the game."
Rovers came back from 2-0 down at half time to give the former Premier League team a run for their money, with Dickov adding: "We feel as though it should’ve been different. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half time after not really getting started in the first half, but we changed things around in the second half and rather than being disappointed about not taking it to extra time, we’re disappointed we’ve not won the game because I thought we were outstanding. We were a lot more compact without the ball and I thought some of the stuff with the ball was fantastic."
The denial of an early Rovers penalty could have been more crucial than the late penalty miss, with the referee only booking the Fulham keeper for handling the ball outside the penalty area in the 7th minute. The Rovers boss commented: "I’ve been told it was not a goal scoring opportunity. Maybe it was a bit wide but Nathan Tyson would have been in control of the ball, running towards and empty net so for me it’s a goal scoring opportunity. You don’t want to see players getting sent off but so early on, that’s a massive moment in the game. If their keeper gets sent off, they’re down to ten men and with the run they’ve been on, it could have been so different. But yet again, we’re talking about big decisions that haven’t gone our way."
Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons was relieved to have won the game, with his recall of Bryan Ruiz, who was left out in the cold by former boss Felix Magath, scoring in the 17th minute. He said after the game: "Bryan is enjoying his football, after training yesterday we couldn’t get him back in. It’s lovely to see him with a smile on his face, kicking the ball about. He’s not scored in a while so that will give him confidence."
Did the result improve his chances of getting the manager's job permanently? Symons would only say: "There will be a thorough search for the right manager and my challenge is to make sure that right person is me. Results are vital for my chances of getting the job. We have to build confidence - this is stepping stone and a good starting point.”
September 24, 2014
Goals review
A look at ex-Rovers players scoring goals in last night's action begins in Scotland, where Dene Shiels scored Rangers' equaliser in their Scottish League Cup Third Round tie at Falkirk. Rangers went on to win the game 3-1.
The other two goals to mention came in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South). Firstly, Bradley Grayson scored Goole AFC's first goal in their game at Coalville Town, but his side still went down 4-2.
Striker Tristram Whitman scored Rainworth Miners Welfare's second goal in their 2-0 away win at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
September 24, 2014
Rovers drawn away in Under 21s cup
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn away in the second round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup and will play Leeds United at their Thorp Arch training complex on Monday, 6th October. The game will kick off at 7pm.
No tickets are available in advance, but can be bought on the night at £3 for adults and £1 for children.
For anyone wishing to travel to the game, the post code for the Thorp Arch training ground is LS23 7BA.
September 23, 2014
Fulham v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers face one of the biggest challenges of the season so far this evening by travelling to play Championship Fulham in the third round of the Capital One Cup. Rovers beat Watford in the second round, but face an unpredictable Fulham, who have struggled since being relegated from the Premier League in the summer, and are without a manager after sacking Felix Magath. Paul Dickov's former team mate Kit Symons has been placed in temporary charge of the team.
Rovers will welcome back midfielder Harry Forrester for this evening's game after he completed a two match suspension at the weekend. However, striker Nathan Tyson picked up a knock to his knee in Saturday's win over Chesterfield and could be doubtful for the game.
Skipper Rob Jones and striker Curtis Main are set to miss the game. Jones still has swelling on his knee after suffering a hamstring injury, but Main has resumed training after knee surgery, although this evening's game may come a little too soon for him to be considered.
Apart from that, there seem to be no new injury problems, with any other changes depending on how much Paul Dickov wishes to shuffle the pack to make the most of his small squad.
Fulham will be without striker Matt Smith, who is cup-tied after playing for Leeds in an earlier round - he would be suspended in any case after being shown a straight red card on his Fulham debut. Also missing will be Shaun Hutchinson, who serves the first of a three match suspension after being sent off against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. Continuing to be absent is Adam Taggart, who has a back injury, but Bryan Ruiz is set to continue in the side after Kit Symons brought him back into the side after being out of favour under previous boss Felix Magath.
Caretaker manager Kit Symons has pledged to send out a strong side this evening as he tries to get Fulham back into the winning habit.
But as Paul Dickov says: “Kit was captain at Manchester City when I first signed and he looked after me – if that’s what you’d call it. He showed me a few watering holes when I moved up from London. I know he’s my mate but I really hope he’s in with a chance of getting the Fulham job. He’s a young British coach, he knows the club inside out and he’s got fantastic coaching experience. He’s worked with all the young players Fulham seem to want to bring through and all the players will want to play for him. Kit’s a lovely guy and he’s a passionate football man as well which is something he will be instilling in his players."
September 23, 2014
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's Third Round game in the Capital One Cup at Craven Cottage will be:
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant referees: Michael Mullarkey and Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Carl Berry
September 23, 2014
Dickov relief at home win
It was a huge relief for boss Paul Dickov to record Rovers' first home victory of the season - their first home win in six months - on Saturday be deservedly beating Chesterfield 3-2.
Although publicly playing down concerns over the poor home form, it was clearly weighing on his mind and Rovers will go into this evening's game at Fulham with renewed spirits.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: “It’s a massive relief, especially winning at home. It was really important to get that monkey off our backs. That was a big result for us."
"We felt that we should have won against Crawley on Tuesday night and we were disappointed to come away with the draw. By hook or by crook we wanted to get the result and win the game. Thankfully we’ve done that."
September 23, 2014
Youngsters defeated in friendly
A "youthful and determined" Doncaster Rovers eleven played a friendly fixture against a Boston United under-21s side, presumably yesterday, although they eventually lost after going in front just after half time.
With the only details coming on the Boston web site, no details of who played for Rovers are available, but the report says that Rovers took the lead on 50 minutes with a looping shot which evaded everyone on its way into the net.
The Boston equaliser came in the 73rd minute, with the winner coming in off the underside of the bar in the 90th minute.
September 23, 2014
Voting results v Chesterfield
Eight players were nominated for the "Man of the Match" in voting held after Saturday's home game against Chesterfield. Striker Nathan Tyson came a little ahead of James Coppinger, who has been picking up points regularly this season, and holds an early lead for the whole season.
The players receiving most votes were:
1 Nathan Tyson (31.03%)
2 James Coppinger (24.14%)
3 Kyle Bennett (13.79%)
4 Richie Wellens (10.34%)
We thank everyone who took the trouble to vote, and hope that many will take part following this evening's away game at Fulham.
September 22, 2014
New date for Barnsley game
Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley have agreed a new date for the game at Oakwell that was postponed from 6th September due to the number of international call-ups of Rovers players.
The game will now be played on Tuesday, 2nd December with a 7:45pm kick-off. All tickets already bought for the original date will still be valid, but if you cannot make the rearranged game, please contact the ticket office for a refund.
Ticket prices for the game are as follows:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Young adults (17-21) £16 - Juniors (12-16) £10 - Under 12s £5
Tickets may be available at Oakwell on match day, but please note that there will be no junior tickets available on the day.
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but may take a carer in with them free of charge.
September 22, 2014
Dickov thanks the fans
Paul Dickov has publicly thanked the Rovers fans for their backing while he has been at the club, even though the team has struggled to achieve success during that time.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "In the 16 or so months that I’ve been at Doncaster, I’ve been really pleased with the backing both the club and I have received from the fans. At every club I’ve been at – and there’s been a lot of them – you always get that small minority who will moan whether you’re winning or losing, but a vast majority of fans will back the players as long as they see them going out and having a go, doing the right things and trying to play football."
"That’s what we’re trying to do here and the vast majority of fans have been fantastic. Keeping things on an even keel has been a focus of the staff for some time, be that in performances, expectations and mood in the camp. I will admit the players have been up and down in terms of confidence in recent weeks. I had to remind them of a few things after our draw against Crawley on Tuesday night, a game we ought to have won. It’s not too long ago that we went to Watford and won, did the same down at Colchester and turned in a really good performance against Preston in a game we really should have won."
September 22, 2014
Wellens - "I don't want to play in League One"
Key Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has stressed that he does not want to play in League One for any longer than is absolutely necessary - but is aiming do get out of the division with Doncaster Rovers.
There was doubt in the summer that he would stay, but eventually he signed a new two year contract with Rovers after turning down approaches from at least two Championship clubs.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I don’t want to play in League One. So I’ve got my head round the fact what I’ve got to do now is get back to being one hundred per cent fit first and foremost, and get back to playing the way I know I can play. If I play the way I know I can play, then at this level hopefully we’ll be at the top end of the league. If I can get promoted and get back to the Championship then I’m happy and everyone else is happy. So I’ve got to work hard now to get where I want to be - and that’s playing in the Championship."
"We've got to focus on what relationships we can get going on the pitch, and what works. That’s a process we’ve got to go through. Once the manager finds it, then at this level we should be winning games more often than we’re losing."
September 22, 2014
Byron will get a chance
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Byron Webster will get another chance to stake a claim for a place in the Millwall side, insists boss Ian Holloway.
Webster lasted just 26 minutes of his full Championship debut before being substituted, but Holloway has made it clear that he will get more chances at the club.
Holloway told the Evening Standard: "It was purely a tactical change that we made, nothing at all to do with Webby’s performance. Of course he was disappointed but he was so professional about it and I said that afterwards. He took it absolutely brilliantly and that’s the sort of attitude we need. I have a lot of respect for him and his chances will come.”
September 21, 2014
Rovers 3 Chesterfield 2
Doncaster Rovers won a home game for the first time in six months yesterday afternoon as they thoroughly deserved their win over in-form Chesterfield.
Rovers had to withstand a determined late period of pressure by the visitors to hold on for all three points, but goals from Nathan Tyson, Kyle Bennett and Jamie McCombe were enough to earn Paul Dickov's men all three points.
As hinted before the game, the Rovers boss intends to shuffle his pack over the next few games, partly to search for the winning formula, and because of the number of games his relatively small squad have to play in the next few weeks. Marc de Val Fernandez and Dean Furman came in to replace Paul Keegan and Theo Robinson, with Rovers shuffling the formation slightly as a result.
Rovers went in front after just six minutes when Tyson was put through by Reece Wabara, with Tyson having his header saved by the Chesterfield goalkeeper, but he was alert enough to crash home the rebound before anyone else could react.
The lead was doubled on 32 minutes when Kyle Bennett scored with his shot coming off the underside of the crossbar, giving keeper Tommy Lee no chance of saving the shot.
Chesterfield have shown in recent matches that they are capable of coming back from such setbacks, and signs were ominous in the 42nd minute when they pulled a goal back by Clucas, with Rovers appealing for an offside decision.
Four minutes after half time and Rovers appeared to snuff out any chances of a Spireites comeback as Jamie McCombe toe-poked the ball home after James Coppinger's header from a corner by Kyle Bennett was parried by the goalkeeper. But never overlook the threat that in-form Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle poses - he scored his eighth goal in four games after prodding the ball home from close range after Jed Steer had saved the ball.
As Chesterfield poured forward in search of an equaliser, Rovers were hanging on at times, with Evatt and Johnson having good chances which were wasted, but the assault on Rovers' goal finally ran out of steam, and Rovers held on for the win.
September 21, 2014
What the managers said
Paul Dickov was a pleased man after seeing his side win their first home game of the season, but was still critical of the way his team lost shape at times, which allowed Chesterfield back into the game.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "I'm delighted with the three points - in the first half we went 2-0 up and looked comfortable, as if we were going to score more goals. But we dropped deep and conceded a poor goal by letting their midfielders run off the back of us."
"It was a similar story in the second half - we started fantastically well, went 3-1 ahead, should have had a penalty and hit the bar. Then we started dropping deeper and deeper and stopped doing the things that got us in front in the first place."
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was critical of his defence, which has leaked several goals in their last few games.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield after the match: "The game had everything. For a neutral it would have been a good spectacle with both teams trying to win. I thought our lads gave everything and when they do that, you can't knock them. We've conceded too many goals in the last two games but we have also played very well for large periods."
He added: We have got to defend better than that. We spoke at half time of tightening up and then we concede four minutes after the restart. We are a bit naive defensively, we have stepped up a level and the standard of finishing against us has also stepped up. We have lost defenders today and that has caught up with us. We are a bit too cavalier right now, even for my liking. We need to work on this and that will come with a settled back four and spending hours on the training field."
"Doncaster are a good team with good players. We have adjusted to this level well so far and today was one of those days, that is football. The fans were superb today and were with us all through the second half. We play to entertain them and we did that, it is a shame we could not win for them It is never nice to lose, but we will take it on the chin and come back strong.”
September 21, 2014
Goals review
We've probably missed some, but we've only spotted one former Rovers player scoring a goal yesterday.
That came in League Two, where Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his third goal of this season yesterday, netting the only goal of the game for AFC Wimbledon as they won 1-0 at home against Morecambe.
If there are any others that we've missed, please let us know!
September 21, 2014
Furman's travelling hits chances of playing
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman was given a starting place yesterday, but his travelling to play for South Africa are limiting his opportunities to play for the club this season.
Boss Paul Dickov has said that Furman would be one of the first players on the team sheet this season, but the after effects of travelling to play for South Africa have led to him being only on the bench for a number of matches.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’ve spoken to Dean a lot about this, even going back to our Oldham days. It’s very difficult when he doesn’t literally join up with the squad until the Friday evening and we’ve got a game on the Saturday. There’s a lot of travelling involved, not just to and from South Africa but when they played Sudan the other week, for instance, I think they had a 12-hour journey after the game."
"Dean was physically shattered when he came back on the Friday. So he knows it’s difficult. He also knows that when he’s at his best I want him in my team, but there is the danger if he’s going away for ten days and playing double-headers and training and travelling a lot, physically and mentally he’s not going to be one hundred per cent when he comes back.”
September 21, 2014
Johnstone's United future in doubt?
The future of ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone at Manchester United appears to be in the balance at the moment after he was missed out of their team photo-shoot for the 2014/15 season.
He appeared to be in with a chance of being involved in their first team plans when he was included in their pre-season tour, but both Ben Amos and Anders Lindegaard have been selected as understudies to David de Gea so far this season as Johnstone recovers from an elbow injury.
While injury may have prevented him playing anyway, his omission from the team photo is seen as significant, with Johnstone tweeting shortly after the team photo was issued: "Sometimes u have to think what's best for YOU! ??"
A loan to another Championship club was on the cards anyway this season, and this seems more likely after the hint from Sam's tweet that his future may lie away from Old Trafford.
September 20, 2014
Rovers v Chesterfield
Doncaster Rovers have no new injury problems as they go into their second home game of this week, with Chesterfield being the visitors.
Skipper Rob Jones missed Tuesday's draw with a hamstring injury, but could return this afternoon after it turned out his injury was less serious than feared. Striker Curtis Main will miss today's game as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Midfielder Harry Forrester completes his two match suspension this afternoon.
Apart from that, Paul Dickov has a full squad to select from, although he may opt to shuffle things a little as he continues to search for a winning combination of players.
Chesterfield will need to check on the fitness of defenders Dan Jones and Georg Margreitter, both of who picked up injuries in their 3-3 draw at Preston North End on Tuesday. Jones has a hamstring injury, while Margreitter suffered a cut head. Winger Gary Roberts will miss the game due to a hamstring injury.
Drew Talbot (groin) and former Rovers defender Sam Hird (knee) will also be missing, but dan Gardner could return after recovering from a hernia operation.
Apart from that, Chesterfield boss Paul Cook appears to have a fully fit squad to select from.
The danger to Rovers appears to be from in-form striker Eoin Doyle, who has now scored hat-tricks in his last two matches, and is after a hat-trick of hat-tricks. The last time that was achieved was back in 1946.
September 20, 2014
Dickov faces rotation dilemma
Rovers boss Paul Dickov faces a series of selection dilemmas over the next few weeks as he tries to search for consistency, as well as trying to make the most of the players available to him in a still small Rovers squad.
Rovers face a trip to Fulham next week, along with a Johnstone's Paint Trophy game at Burton Albion early next month, which all come on top of the scheduled league matches, and means Rovers play nine games between now and the end of October.
He also has to get Rovers into a winning habit, with the home form a particular concern.
He said: “It’s a difficult one. For consistency you need to try and keep a settled team, but with the small squad that we’ve got, and especially the amount of games that we’ve got coming up over the next three or four weeks, you’re going to have to rotate."
"That’s because it’s a tough ask for everybody to go out there and play to their maximum when you’re playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, which is what we’ve got coming. So it’s a fine line, but we’ll get there."
September 20, 2014
Today's match officials
The match officials for this afternoon's home game against Chesterfield have been appointed by the Football League and will be:
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant referees: Karl Evans and Declan Ford
Fourth official: Mark Brown
September 20, 2014
Rovers bring back pie and pint offer
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have brought back the popular "pie and a pint" offer for a limited number of matches.
The offer allows fans to by a pie and a pint for £5 for the next three games, which cover the Chesterfield, Notts County and Leyton Orient matches.
However, there is a catch - as there inevitably is with many things to do with Doncaster Rovers!
The offer only applies up to 30 minutes before kick-off, so unless you're in the stadium very early, you're likely to miss out.
While the offer includes all flavoured pies, the offer only applies to Budweiser draught and 1879 draught, apart from in "non-Ice Bars", where the offer is for Singha bottled lager and Boddington canned bitter.
September 20, 2014
Redfearn out of running as Leeds boss
Former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn is out of the running to be the new manager (or head coach) at Leeds United. That's not because he isn't doing a good job as caretaker boss, or that owner Massimo Cellino doesn't think he'd be able to do the job, but more that he is seen as a key coach in Leeds' youth team set-up.
Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Neil's very busy with the academy and I need him in that job. He's an outstanding coach, a guy who knows how good teams should play, but it would do too much damage to the academy if he stays as [head] coach."
"He'll be coach at Bournemouth, 100 per cent, and maybe on Saturday as well. But I've got ideas about what I'll do. I'm thinking about a foreign coach, an international coach who I can work with. We need to meet and talk but I think he could be good for us. It needs to be the right man, but I want Neil to be involved with the first team in some way. He knows the young players, the players like him and they respect him. I respect him. The academy is his responsibility but I want it to be a team of coaches. He's shown that he knows what he's doing but I can't take him away from the academy completely."
September 19, 2014
Baldwin joins enterprise group
Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin has joined the board of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, it was announced last week.
The Partnership recently got a £320 million cash boost to create over 28,000 jobs, and training for 40,000 people in the Sheffield City region.
Gavin's performance while being CEO for the Rovers, and for the Keepmoat Stadium before that, has clearly been noticed, with James Newman, who is chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, commenting: "I officially welcomed Gavin Baldwin to the LEP at our Board meeting this week. I’m confident that Gavin’s positive leadership style and expertise across both the public and private sector will be a real asset to the Board as we work to boost economic growth and create jobs in Sheffield City Region. Gavin will complement our LEP’s outstanding private and public sector knowledge and commitment to driving forward our Strategic Economic Plan."
Baldwin added: "I’m really excited about joining the LEP board as I believe that delivering the LEP’s vision for economic growth and jobs is the most important thing happening in the Sheffield City Region right now. So far my career has been about managing and growing organisations and businesses, and turning losses into profits. I hope that I can use my experiences in the private and public sectors to help the LEP to achieve its vision – which has business success and growth at its core."
September 19, 2014
Forrester accepts pressure
Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester accepts that there will be pressure on him to perform this season, especially since he spent most of the first year of his time at the club in the treatment room.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Hopefully I’ve shown already that I can be a big player for the team. It’s up to me to get myself training well and into the team because competition is rife with the boys doing so well. But I can handle the pressure, I put myself under that pressure. I know what is expected of me on the pitch and what I have got to bring to the side."
"It was very tough seeing some of the big teams come to the Keepmoat last season and seeing some of the big stadiums we’ve visited - that’s why I signed. It’s what I wanted to do and where I wanted to play, but you realise it’s not all about football. I was sat there watching but I had a good family at home and I knew if I came back this year, worked hard in the summer, I’d be fitter, stronger and hopefully I could let my football do the talking and everyone would stop talking about last year."
Forrester remains suspended for tomorrow's home game against Chesterfield as a consequence of his sending off at Bristol City.
September 19, 2014
Goals review
A couple of former Rovers players who we've noticed scoring goals in the last few days - we begin in the Championship where a brace for Ross McCormack wasn't enough to earn any points for his new club, Fulham. A goal in each half saw Fulham back in with a chance in their game at Nottingham Forest, but in the end the Londoners went down to a 5-3 defeat.
Somewhat lower down the league structure, we notice that ex-Rovers striker Jordan Ball scored a hat-trick for Belper United in their 5-0 win over Eastwood Community FC in the Central Midlands League.
September 19, 2014
Dickov praises Rovers squad
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has praised the entire Rovers squad in his Doncaster Free Press column, believing that it is "probably one of the best squads I've ever worked with".
Stressing that it is not just playing ability that he looks for when signing players, he said: "I do believe that, at the minute, it’s probably one of the best squads I’ve ever worked with in terms of togetherness and how they have come together in such a short space of time. Our new players have all settled in well, they’re a really good bunch we’ve got in the dressing room at the moment. The team spirit is building and that’s one thing that is really important to me. The more the weeks get on, the team spirit is getting better and better and you can tell as a group that they are all together."
"They’ve all bought into what we’re trying to do here as a club and they’re all wanting to do well in this division."
September 19, 2014
Pittman faces lengthy absence
Ex-Rovers striker Jon-Paul Pittman is facing a lengthy absence from the Grimsby Town side after tearing his hamstring in last week's defeat against Torquay United.
Grimsby have not revealed the seriousness of the injury, but boss Paul Hurst has said that he expects the former Wycombe striker to be out for several weeks.
September 18, 2014
Dickov delays loan moves
Rovers manager Paul Dickov is delaying any decision to sign any players on loan, even though it may help in improving either performances or results.
However, he and his backroom staff have been continually out on the road checking out options, but it seems that for the moment, he will stick with the squad that he has.
He told the Yorkshire Post last week: "I think we will be alright, for the time being. If something does come up that we feel will improve us, we might have a look at it. In the last two weeks, we must have covered, between us as a staff, about twenty-odd games. We are out there looking and keeping tabs on people with dossiers on players."
"If you look at the sides with bigger resources, a lot of their squads are already in place with quite big squads as well. Then there are a group of probably 10 other clubs that are in a similar situation to ourselves. You are looking at the same players and going to the same games a lot of the time. At this level, there are not massive finances, apart from maybe five or six clubs in the league. You have to get your recruitment right.”
September 18, 2014
Voting results v Crawley
We received nominations for seven different players to be the "Man of the Match" for Tuesday's home game against Crawley Town.
Once again, midfielder James Coppinger received the most votes, coming ahead Kyle Bennett, who is enjoying a much better season so far.
The players receiving the most votes were:
1 James Coppinger (31.5%)
2 Kyle Bennett (26.67%)
3 Luke McCullough (13.33%)
Thank you to everyone who took part - the next vote will open after Saturday's game against Chesterfield.
September 18, 2014
Maxted joins Ilkeston
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Jonathan Maxted has joined Evo-Stik League club Ilkeston FC. His registration with them was recorded during the week ending Saturday, 6th September.
He had left Rovers before the season started after rejecting the new deal on offer from the club. Jonathan had been a regular feature on the Rovers bench since moving up from the youth team, but did not actually make any first team appearances.
September 18, 2014
Reserve team date changed
Doncaster Rovers' away reserve team game against Rotherham United has now been arranged for Wednesday, 22nd October with a 2pm kick-off.
The two clubs have agreed to bring the game forward from its original date of 18th February 2015.
The game will be played at Rotherham's training ground at Roundwood.
September 18, 2014
Fees paid to agents fall
A survey by the Football League had revealed that there has been an overall reduction of around 18% in the amount paid to football agents during the 2013/14 season. A total of £17.7 million was paid over by Premier League and Football League clubs, compared with £21.5 million in the previous season.
Looking at the Championship, only two clubs (Yeovil and Blackpool) paid less to agents than Doncaster Rovers.
Of a Championship total of £14.7 million paid over, Rovers paid a total of £131,380 to agents, which covered 46 transactions - 19 new registrations, 7 updated contracts, 5 contract cancellations and 15 loans.
The full report issued by the Football League can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left.
September 18, 2014
Fleetwood ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have issued details of the ticket allocation received from Fleetwood Town for the away game in League One which will be played on Saturday, 18th October.
Rovers have received an allocation of 500 terracing tickets and 443 seats - but tickets will not go on sale until Monday, 29th September.
As is the usual case, however, the release of tickets will be on a gradual basis, which is as follows:
From Monday, 29th September, season ticket holders can obtain a ticket at the rate of one per season ticket book.
From Monday 6th October, Multi-game ticket holders and Alliance members can also buy tickets, with any remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, 13th October.
Ticket prices will be as follows:
Terracing (bought in advance): Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Juniors (16/17 years) £15 - Juniors (15 & under) £12 - Juniors (4 & under) free
Terracing (match day prices): Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £17 - Juniors (16/17 years) £17 - Juniors (15 & under) £14 - Juniors (4 & under) free
Seating (bought in advance): Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £17 - Juniors (16/17 years) £17 - Juniors (15 & under) £14 - Juniors (4 & under) free
Seating (match day prices): Adults £24 - Senior Citizens (65+) £19 - Juniors (16/17 years) £19 - Juniors (15 & under) £16 - Juniors (4 & under) free
As usual, a carer for disabled supporters will, if required, be admitted free of charge.
September 17, 2014
Rovers 0 Crawley Town 0
Doncaster Rovers had to settle for a point in last night's home game against Crawley Town. While a welcome improvement on the recent home defeat to Oldham Athletic, it still means that they have picked up only two points from a possible nine in home games this season.
Rovers were without Rob Jones and Harry Forrester for the game (injury and suspension), with Jamie McCombe making his first start of the season. With Crawley on a poor run of form themselves, having not won away from home in the league since the first game of the season and only scored once away from home all season, Rovers must have hoped for an improvement in fortunes. To deny Crawley from scoring is welcome, but not a surprise bearing in mind the above, but it was disappointing that Rovers failed to break through the Crawley defence, although a determined onslaught in the last five minutes of the game did come close to breaking the deadlock.
Rovers enjoyed a good period of possession in the first half, but the best chance of the half fell to the visitors, with Ryan Dickinson's header falling the wrong side of the post.
Things improved after the break, with Rovers using the wings to good effect, although they still failed to produce the final ball to the strikers to give them scoring opportunities. An appeal for a penalty was waved away after there appeared to be a handball offence, and Rovers pushed forward as the game headed to a close, with Coppinger and Robinson going close.
September 17, 2014
What the managers said
Paul Dickov was pleased to take a point from last night's home game against Crawley Town, although he did cite some saves by the Crawley goalkeeper for denying Rovers from taking all three points.
He said after the game: "I think they set their stall out and came for a point, which is fair enough. The onus is on us to try and break them down and win it and I'm disappointed we didn't take all three points. It needed a fantastic save by their goalkeeper to keep us out when we threw everything at them in the closing stages."
"We conceded five goals in the last two games so it's great to keep a clean sheet but how we didn't go on to win I don't know. There were times when we should have scored and done better but at least we were brave and went about it the right way. We can still be better but if we continue to believe in each other we will be alright."
Crawley boss John Gregory was also pleased to take a point from the game, with Crawley having a poor record away from home this season.
He said after the match: "Doncaster are no mugs. They have just come down from the Championship and I'm delighted to have come here and got something. I thought we did really well to get to the last few minutes before Doncaster put us under a lot of pressure because I don't really think they looked like scoring before that."
"Jamie Ashdown did really well to keep out that header right at the death but I thought we were worth a point. It's our first draw of the season and I'll take that. It's a good point. They threw everything at us at the finish but we kept them out and that will give us confidence. I made one or two changes and it's good to have healthy competition for places and keep everyone on their toes."
September 17, 2014
Goals review
There are a few former Rovers players scoring goals in last night's matches, and we begin in League Two, where Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice for AFC Wimbledon in their 3-0 home win over Burton Albion. The win pushes the Dons into 12th place with 11 points from 8 games.
In the Conference, Jon Parkin scored a late equaliser for Forest Green Rovers as they drew 2-2 at Eastleigh - they are now in 12th place with 16 points from 10 games.
Finally, in the Northern Counties East Premier Division, ex-youth team player Chris Whincop scored Worksop Town's final goal in the 89th minute as they won 4-1 at Pickering Town, which lifts them into fourth place in the table.
September 17, 2014
Burton Albion ticket information
Ticket information for the forthcoming away game at Burton Albion in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy has now been released by both clubs.
Tickets for the terracing for this game will be £10 for adults and juniors (16 & under) £1.
Tickets for seated areas will be £12 for adults and £6 for children aged 16 and under.
Rovers have advised that tickets are now on sale to season ticket holders, and to Alliance members and multi-game ticket holders from Monday, 22nd September, with remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, 29th September.
The game will be played at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday, 7th October with a 7.30pm kick-off.
September 16, 2014
Rovers v Crawley Town
Doncaster Rovers will have to make at least two changes for this evening's home game against Crawley Town - with a disappointing performance in Saturday's away defeat at Bristol City, it could be more.
Skipper Rob Jones will miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday that will keep him out of the next few matches - no update has yet been issued by the club as to the severity of his injury.
Also to miss this evening's game is Harry Forrester, who was sent off for a second bookable offence on Saturday and faces a two match automatic ban. What makes that suspension even more disappointing is that while boss Paul Dickov may have sympathy for the first yellow card received on Saturday, the second was needless - which leads to his second suspension of the season.
Jones' absence is likely to see a recall for Jamie McCombe, who came on as substitute on Saturday. Forrester's absence may see a recall for Dean Furman or Marc de Val Fernandez, unless Dickov opts to change the formation and go for a more attacking option in Nathan Tyson.
Striker Curtis Main will again be missing, with a predicted return to action remaining towards the end of the month.
Crawley could welcome back winger Gwion Edwards, who missed Saturday's win over Fleetwood with an ankle injury sustained in the Wales Under-21 game last week. Skipper Josh Simpson will miss the game with an ankle injury - boss John Gregory may well opt to field an unchanged team after they won on Saturday after four straight defeats.
September 16, 2014
Dickov demands improvement
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is running out of patience with some players who have under performed so far this season, and may soon consider entering the loan market if things do not improve.
The performance on Saturday led to Rovers' downfall, which particularly disappointed him.
He told DROS: "We’re disappointed, when you come to one of the best teams in the division you have to get in to the game. It’s a case of people not doing their jobs properly again. The second goal was comical because they’re one of the top teams in the division and we didn’t give ourselves a fighting chance. We changed it around at half time to be more positive and try and get in the game and then Harry gets a stupid yellow card and yet again it doesn’t give us a chance."
While Rovers have a small first team squad, which should give most players a game fairly regularly, Dickov warned that he may have to look to the loan market soon.
He told the Yorkshire Post: "The players know with the small squad we’ve got at the minute they are all going to get opportunities to play. What I want them to do is grasp that because over the last two games I’ve not quite seen that. They’ve got an opportunity with two home games coming up to show me that they want to be in the team, and force me not to have to go out there and bring somebody else in."
"We’ve not spoken about the loan market at the minute, we’re reasonably happy with the squad we’ve got. But I might tell you differently after the results of the next two games."
Dickov is aware that pressure builds up if defeats continue, and attendances inevitably fall, which has a direct consequence of lowering income and hence money available to be invested in the squad.
He continued: "You can’t keep relying on going away from home to win games, so our home form needs to pick up. You feel pressure every game you go into, and I’m not going to lie, we do feel that pressure now. The one thing I’ll always do, and I still do, is believe in my players. We have to start finding a way for when teams stop us playing, we are capable of rolling our sleeves up and scrapping and fighting and showing that desire to get a result and win a different way."
"As long as we keep an even keel, that’s important. Let’s not get carried away by being too up or too down. We’re only six games in and it’s going to take time for things to happen, but we seem to be going from the sublime to the ridiculous at the minute."
September 16, 2014
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's home game against Crawley Town have been appointed by the Football League and will be:
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant referees: Thomas Bramall and Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth official: Nicholas Gibbons.
September 16, 2014
Youth Team 0 Rotherham United 0
Saturday morning saw the Rovers' youth team face neighbours Rotherham United in a Youth Alliance North East Conference game at Cantley Park.
The game proved to be an entertaining goalless draw - both goalkeepers were called into action during the game to keep the score line blank and both sides had periods of dominance which they failed to capitalise on, although Rovers had to withstand a determined last ten minutes of pressure to ensure the game finished all square.
Doncaster Rovers: Jack McLaren; Scott Brown, Michael Carberry, Alex Head, Paul McKay (capt), Kevin M’Buti, Matt Davies, Jordan Linley, Jack McKay, Liam Mandeville, Aron Gordon
Substitutes: Matt Parkin (for M'Buti, 68), Ryan Wanless (for Gordon, 76), Reece Fielding, Lloyd Henderson
Rotherham United: Peter Denton; Luke Gibson, Daniel Smalley, Charlie Shelley, Max Hallatt, Bradley Peace-McDonald, Mason Warren, Alex Wiles, Kuda Muskwe, Jerry Yates, Andy Norfolk
Substitutes: Jake Fenton (for Smalley, 41), Brandon Potts (for Norfolk, 81), Adam Johnson (for Muskwe), Fabian Bailey
September 16, 2014
Voting results v Bristol City
Votes were received for six different players as "Man of the Match" vote for Saturday's away game at Bristol City. As often happens with disappointing games, both the number of votes received is reduced, and also the votes are spread more evenly among the players. Both happened for Saturday's game with a fairly even spread of votes throughout. Young defender Luke McCullough came out as the leader of the pack with 37.5% of the votes received.
The next "Man of the Match" voting will open after this evening's home game against Crawley Town.
September 16, 2014
Coppinger eyes club record
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger admits that he has his eye on becoming the leading appearance maker at the club by the time his current contract is through.
Coppinger is one of only four players in Rovers' history to break the 400 game barrier, although he has another 55 to break Colin Douglas's club record of 468 games, so he will need to remain a regular first team choice if that is to happen.
Coppinger told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’d love to break that record. When I did that interview earlier this summer [when I thought my time at Doncaster was over] it was a really difficult time for me. I’ve been at this club for the last ten years, and it felt so strange to be in a position where it looked like I needed to find a new club. Throughout all of that I never wanted to leave Doncaster - and that appearance record was something that was always in the back of my mind."
"If I can stay fit and stay in the team then I’ve got a good chance of breaking it. This is a great club and if I could break the record it’d mean a lot to me."