August 28, 2014
Rovers away in Cup draw
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn away from home in the Capital One Cup third round. They will travel to play Fulham, who are now in the Championship, with the game to be played during the week beginning Monday, 22nd September.
Fulham beat Brentford 1-0 in their second round tie, with Rovers progressing thanks to a 2-1 victory at Watford.
August 28, 2014
Moore goes back to Baggies
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Darren Moore is returning to West Bromwich Albion to become a "professional development phase coach" at the club.
Moore has been away from the Hawthorns for over 18 months after he left to become a coach at Blackburn Rovers' academy.
Darren will coach the under-18s and under 21s after giving up his most recent job, which was with the PFA.
He told the Express & Star: “I’m grateful to West Brom for inviting me back in – I feel like I’ve come back home. I’m a more experienced coach now and know what’s needed to make that transition from youth level to the first team. I had other good job offers but I’ve got a lot of passion for the club and it is almost like unfinished business for me."
"When I left as Under-18s coach to go to work with Michael Appleton at first-team level, at Blackburn, it was not an easy decision for me. But I feel like I’m a more rounded coach now, coming back into the Elite environment. I’m looking forward to challenging a group of players and getting them ready mentally for first-team level."
"It was a real wrench to leave the PFA but it was West Bromwich Albion calling – and they totally understand because of the links with the club."
August 28, 2014
Bramall's ambitions for Rovers
Major shareholder Terry Bramall has spoken of his ambitions for Doncaster Rovers, wanting to turn it into "the complete football club".
Speaking at the recent "Meet the Owners" evening, he reiterated that he wanted to build a sustainable club, which will help secure its future without the need for continual large cash injections.
He said: "When we joined the club, and in recent times when we’ve been to events like this and been asked, we’ve stated our ambition was to build a club that is sustainable and is the complete football club."
"You’re all part of the club and your support, and the support of the people of Doncaster and surrounding areas, is going to be vital to that. We don’t really want to let the club go until we know it’s going to be in the hands of people who carry it on into the years we’re not going to be here."
August 28, 2014
Askern game announced
Doncaster Rovers will take a 'development team' to face Askern Villa in a 'community game' next Tuesday, 2nd September.
The game will be played at the Askern Welfare Sports Ground and has a 7.30pm kick-off.
Admission for the game will be £3 for adults and £2 for concessions (60+ and under 16s), and will only be available at the turnstiles.
Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin said: “As part of our community engagement and In Rovers We Trust it’s important we interact with communities around Doncaster. This match will provide a great opportunity for the club to help support a local team with Askern Villa keeping all gate monies from the fixture. We hope as many fans as possible turn up to watch the development team in this fixture."
August 27, 2014
Watford 1 Rovers 2
The remarkable away form of Doncaster Rovers this season continued last night with a notable and well deserved win over Championship club Watford, thanks to goals by Nathan Tyson and Liam Wakefield.
Rovers got off to a great start by going ahead in the 12th minute, which came from the penalty spot after ex-Rovers defender Gabriel Tamas had tripped Kyle Bennett. Nathan Tyson stepped up to send the Watford keeper the wrong way. Before that, Kyle Bennett, James Coppinger and Nathan Tyson had good chances.
That setback spurred Watford into action and they could have levelled shortly afterwards when McGugan hit the crossbar from a 25 yard shot - and they did draw level in the 31st minute when Lloyd Dyer was put clear and powered a shot past Jed Steer.
The second half also saw Rovers start brightly and they regained the lead in the 51st minute when Dean Furman passed the ball inside for defender Liam Wakefield to score from eight yards out. In fact, it could have been a larger winning margin, with Nathan Tyson having a goal ruled out for offside - and three minutes of extra time saw the Rovers defence hold out against a disappointing Watford side.
While the home fans will doubtlessly point out that they made 10 changes for last night's match, you can only beat the team that's put in front of you, and Rovers did that in fine style. Most notably, the 79th minute saw the first appearance in a Rovers shirt this season of key midfielder Richie Wellens; a most welcome addition to the Rovers squad for what is turning out to be a promising season.
August 27, 2014
What the managers said
A jubilant Paul Dickov faced the press after last night's game at Vicarage Road.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I thought we were outstanding. We've come to a very good team who are flying high at the minute and really took the game to them. I've just looked at some of the stats. I think they had one shot on target so defensively that shows you how good we were, especially with a really young back four. And I thought going forward, some of the breaks, we kept the ball, we moved the ball at pace and I'm delighted for the boys."
He continued: “We knew it was going to be difficult. They play expansive football but credit to all the players. They’ve changed the system three or four times to try to one, break us down and two, try and cope with us on the back and to a man I thought they were all outstanding.”
Asked about his side’s strong display at the back, Dickov responded: “The first 20, 25 minutes I thought we were outstanding and then because we were on top we tried to get a little bit clever and started to complicate things. So we told them at half-time to keep it simple, do the basics right, do what we keep asking them to do in training which is keep the ball, move it quickly and in the second half we did that excellently.”
Watford boss Beppe Sannino was very disappointed, as he had hoped that even with ten changes to his side from Saturday's game, there would be enough effort to get them through to the second round.
He said after the game: "For me tonight, this was a night I was disappointed for a lot of people, the fans here at Vicarage Road and they deserve another show. Doncaster played better than us and they deserved it."
"I gave a chance to other players tonight. I am always watching the players, both in training and in games. The players had a chance to give me a difficult decision to pick my next starting XI at the weekend."
"We conceded some cheap goals early in the halves. We lost concentration and that’s what happens in football. It was hard, because they sat back and defended well. We worked hard and tried our best. It was a difficult game for us, because playing against a lower team, they have nothing to lose and we have so much to lose."
"Today’s game has finished. No matter how angry we are, no matter what we say the game isn’t going to come back. We have to forget about it, and think seriously to keep our position in the League on Saturday."
August 27, 2014
Goals review
There were two former Rovers players scoring goals last night in League Cup action.
Firstly, Ross McCormack scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute as Fulham won 1-0 at Brentford.
And striker Frederico Macheda scored two second half goals to see Cardiff City through to a narrow 3-2 win at Port Vale, although a late goal for Vale made it was a nervous end to the game for the Welsh team.
August 27, 2014
Barnsley game off
The away game at Barnsley a week on Saturday (6th September) has been postponed, due to Rovers having three players called up to play in international matches.
Dean Furman has been called into the South Africa squad, Luke McCullough has been included in the Northern Ireland under-21s squad, and Theo Robinson has been included in the Jamaica squad.
A new date for the game has yet to be agreed.
All tickets already bought for the original date will be valid for whenever the game is now played.
August 27, 2014
Wellens and Keegan to sign new contracts
Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov has announced that midfielders Richie Wellens and Paul Keegan have signed new contracts with the club.
Wellens had been expected to leave under a 'relegation clause' in his previous contract, while Keegan had only signed on a short term deal with Rovers.
However, after last night's game, Paul Dickov confirmed that Wellens has agreed a two year contract, and Keegan has agreed a three year deal. Both are due to sign their new agreements on Thursday.
August 26, 2014
Watford v Rovers
A busy start to the season continues this evening as Doncaster Rovers make the trip to Watford for a second round tie in the Capital One Cup.
While Paul Dickov only has limited options to change the side for this evening's game, skipper Rob Jones is likely to return after not being risked on Saturday, but Harry Forrester will definitely miss the game as he completes his three match suspension.
Paul Dickov commented: "Rob was still stiff on Friday so we decided the best thing to do, given how long he's been out, was to give him a rest for the weekend. We'll see how he is for Tuesday night. He'll definitely be okay to train this week at some point."
Watford are likely to give Mathias Ranegie his first game of the season after recovering form a groin injury. Also likely to be recalled will be Lloyd Dyer and Lewis McGugan, both of who missed Saturday's game against Leeds, but Craig Cathcart will miss the game owing to a knee injury, while centre half Joel Ekstrand completes a three game suspension.
Striker Matej Vydra could also return after being an unused substitute on Saturday. He has now fully recovered from a 'dead leg' suffered in their previous game.
August 26, 2014
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's away game in the Capital One Cup will be:
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant referees: Stephen Finch and Grant Taylor
Fourth official: Dave Bushell
August 26, 2014
Goals review
Although there were no fixtures in the Football League on Bank Holiday Monday, many non-league clubs were in action.
In the Conference, Jon Parkin scored for Forest Green in their 1-1 home draw against Bristol Rovers.
Jon-Paul Pittman scored his first goal since rejoining Grimsby Town in the summer. He scored their third goal in a 7-0 rout of bottom club Alfreton Town.
Finally, also in the Conference, Waide Fairhurst scored Macclesfield Town's first goal in their 2-2 draw at Wrexham.
August 26, 2014
Voting results
We received nominations for just four different players for the "Man of the Match" voting in Saturday's away game at Colchester United.
Midfielder James Coppinger came out as the runaway winner of the voting, gaining more than two of every three votes received.
The most votes went as follows:
1 James Coppinger (70.59%)
2 Kyle Bennett (17.64%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to place their vote. The next poll will open following this evening's away game at Watford.
August 26, 2014
Ticket information v Barnsley
Tickets for the away game at Barnsley on Saturday, 6th September are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,568 tickets for unreserved seating at the game which are priced 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.
August 24, 2014
Colchester United 0 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers maintained their 100% away record yesterday afternoon when picking up all three points in a closely fought game.
The only goal of the game came midway through the second half, with in-form Kyle Bennett firing a precision shot into the goal which followed a goalmouth scramble that saw Dean Furman's initial shot only half cleared. The opening for the goal had been created by James Coppinger, who was key in a quick break into the Colchester half, and he almost created the opening for Rovers' second goal as he released Theo Robinson, who took too long over his shot, which was blocked.
Rovers kept a clean sheet, which must have been pleasing, but did have enough chances to finish with a bigger winning margin. They also did it without skipper Rob Jones, who was not risked after picking up a neck injury in Tuesday's game, with Jamie McCombe returning in his place.
August 24, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was delighted to have picked up another three points yesterday afternoon, although he was disappointed that they did not score more goals.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "It was a very professional performance. I’m a little disappointed we didn’t put the game to bed. We had some great chances to score more goals and we have to be a bit more ruthless in that situation. But, overall, I thought our performance was fantastic."
"We started the game well. In the first 15 minutes we moved the ball well. Then the tempo of the game slowed and at half time we wanted to pick that up. We did that - and I thought we were worthy winners. The goal was great feet and a great finish from Kyle. To come away again and get another clean sheet is very pleasing.”
Meanwhile, Colchester United are still left looking for their first win of the season, having picked up just one point from their opening four games.
U's boss Richard Dunne bemoaned: "They took that opportunity first – you need the breaks to go for you and at the moment, everything is going against us. The manner of the goal that we conceded was disappointing. Both managers will probably tell you that it was an astute game and for the purists, it probably wasn’t that great to watch, but tactically and from a manager’s point of view, it was very tight."
"One goal was always going to be the difference and unfortunately, it’s gone against us. We thought the ball was kicked out of Sam Walker’s hands but a couple of our players turned our back on the ball. Chances were at a premium for both teams but the goal knocked us back a bit and in effect, it killed the game. A defeat whitewashes the thought process. If you watch the game again, we’ve had some good performances again, but when you lose there’s one train of thought and if it’s negative, it will always be that way and you’ll never see the good things."
August 24, 2014
Goals review
We begin our review of former Rovers players scoring goals by mentioning the unfortunate Gabriel Tamas, who sliced a clearance into his own net in the 32nd minute while playing for Watford against Leeds United. Tamas was trying to clear cut out a cross in from ex-Rover Billy Sharp, but miscued his attempt and led to Watford's early lead being cancelled out.
Fortunately for Gabriel, three second half goals for the Hornets saw them run out 4-1 winners.
Also in the Championship, Matt Mills scored for Bolton Wanderers in their 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The only goal to report comes from a Friday night game in France, where Frederic Piquionne scored for US Creteil in their 1-1 home draw with Niort in French Ligue 2, which was his third goal of the season. Creteil had to play much of the game with ten men - with their manager also being sent off at half time. The game ended 1-1, with Niort scoring in the 91st minute of the game.
August 24, 2014
Dickov mystified over Wellens
Boss Paul Dickov is pleasantly surprised to find that midfielder Richie Wellens has not yet left Doncaster Rovers, but is rather puzzled as to how that has happened.
For all that, Dickov says he would be delighted if Wellens were to stay, but at the moment still expects him to leave before the 'transfer deadline' of September 1st.
Wellens has a 'relegation release clause' in his contract, but has not yet found a new club.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "I would’ve thought and I’m sure Richie would’ve thought with the ability and character he’s got that clubs would have come in for him. That’s not been the case. There would be nobody more happier than me come September 1 if Richie is in my squad. Until that time comes or something is sorted out in the meantime, there’s not a lot I can do about it. It’s 50-50 at this stage whether he will go or not."
Dickov has already said that Wellens will not be considered for selection until his future is clear, which presumably means that if he is still at the club by September, he will be considered for inclusion in the match day squad.
August 24, 2014
Charity game for Ray
A charity game between Doncaster Rovers and Leicester City supporters takes place this afternoon when the two sides play the second leg of their charity game in memory of Rovers supporter Ray Dunning, with all proceeds going to the Ray Dunning Scholarship Fund, which was set up in the months following Ray's death at the away game at Leicester City in May.
Playing for both sides will be Rovers boss Paul Dickov, who played for both clubs.
The first leg was played at Quorn FC's ground, with City running out 9-0 winners, but it did raise over £2,000 for the Glenfield Heart Unit from ticket sales, wristband sales, charity auctions and donations.
This afternoon's game kicks off at 3pm, but unfortunately the article on DROS neglects to mention where the game will be played - we presume it will be on the outside pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium, with tickets available from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Admission prices are £5 for adults and under-16s £1.
August 23, 2014
Colchester United v Rovers
Boss Paul Dickov will be hoping that skipper Rob Jones has recovered from the neck injury that forced his early withdrawal in Tuesday evening's home game against Preston North End. The injury was not as serious as feared and, as Dickov said ahead of the game: “It’s positive news. Rob spoke to the specialist and he’s improved a lot over the last couple of days and he has a fighting chance of being fit for Saturday. If he hadn’t had any previous neck injury then they wouldn’t be worried about it but he took a nasty blow to it. If he’s not right for Saturday then he’ll more than likely be fit for Tuesday night."
Midfielder Harry Forrester serves the second of a three game ban, while Jamie McCombe has also resumed training this week after suffering a broken nose and a rib injury in the Capital One Cup game at York City. Striker Curtis Main also misses the game as he recovers from injury.
Colchester United may recall Sanchez Watt and David Wright after recovering from tendinitis and an Achilles problem respectively. Both played in a reserve game during the week and should come into contention for the game.
Drey Wright is a doubt after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the season, but Craig Eastmond will be hoping for a recall after returning to the bench for Tuesday's defeat at Notts County.
August 23, 2014
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Colchester United are:
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant referees: Jake Hillier and Richard Kendall
Fourth official: Christopher Pollard
August 23, 2014
Quinn cancels contract
Defender Paul Quinn has left Doncaster Rovers after agreeing to cancel the final year of his contract.
Doncaster Rovers confirmed his departure yesterday, which comes as little surprise as Quinn had previously indicated that he wished to invoke the 'relegation clause' in his contract. With boss Paul Dickov not even giving him a squad number, there seemed little chance that Quinn would be staying at the club, and he has not featured in the side since the end of last season.
He made 68 appearances in the two seasons he spent at Rovers. We wish him well for his future career, wherever that may be.
August 23, 2014
Injury update
Looking at a couple of former Rovers players currently on the sidelines, defender Tommy Spurr looks set to be another two or three weeks in the treatment room after a groin injury which has kept him out of the Blackburn Rovers side since the start of the season. Boss Gary Bowyer has said that Spurr will be unlikely to feature before the first "international break" of the season.
Striker Chris Brown, also at Blackburn, has also been suffering from a knee injury since making the move from South Yorkshire and has consequently not been in their side so far this season.
Also stuck on the sidelines for a while is midfielder Paul Green, who suffered a foot injury during Rotherham United's home game against Watford on Tuesday evening. He went for a scan after the game and has now been ruled out for around three weeks, with boss Steve Evans saying of the challenge on Green "It's an X-rated tackle, it's a red card, it's over the top, it's late. We don't know how bad it is, he'll have it scanned. He has been fantastic since he walked in through the door, he's a top professional and he'll want to get fit as soon as possible. It was a nasty one, though."
August 22, 2014
Rovers confirm new Chairman
Doncaster Rovers have announced that David Blunt has been appointed as the club's new Chairman.
The position has remained unfilled since John Ryan resigned from the post last November. Blunt has worked alongside Dick Watson and Terry Bramall for several years, most notably when they were at Keepmoat plc. He joined Rovers in 2010.
In addition, Rovers have confirmed that major shareholder Dick Watson has accepted an invitation to become President of the club. Dick joined the club's board back in 2006, but resigned in January 2012, although he retained his shareholding in the club. Health issues forced his time on the sidelines, but he has now recovered sufficiently to take part in running the club again.
Terry Bramall said yesterday: "I’m delighted that both Dick and David have accepted the positions offered to them, both men have an excellent business record and a love of the club and Doncaster itself. These announcements will continue to show our desire to bring stability to Doncaster Rovers, a key requirement for the Club at this time."
Watson told DROS yesterday: "Having beaten my recent health problems I’m excited to become President of the club, I hope we can deliver a third promotion to the fans of Doncaster Rovers - they deserve it."
David Blunt will take on a more 'hands on' role and will work with Gavin Baldwin and Paul Dickov to set budgets and ensure the club works within those targets.
He said: “I hope that during my time as Chairman we can build a solid foundation for the club to be successful both on and off the field. It is my vision that we try to create a clear pathway so that children in Doncaster can play for their hometown club, whilst simultaneously ensuring we become a regular fixture within the Championship."
August 22, 2014
Jones injury boost
Paul Dickov has revealed that Rovers have received the results of a scan on Rob Jones' neck, which reveals the problem is much less serious than was originally feared.
Jones was forced to come off the field on Tuesday evening on medical advice after he received an injury to his neck, which came only a short time after being given the all-clear to resume playing after recovering from his neck injury.
However, as Dickov confirmed, Jones could be back in action as early as this weekend.
Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press this week: “Rob’s injury is not as bad as first feared and he’s getting better each day. It’s only a muscle injury.”
In addition, he told the Yorkshire Post: “It’s positive news. Rob has spoken to his specialist and consultant and he’s improved a lot over the past couple of days. He has a fighting chance of being fit for Saturday, which is positive news all around. I think everyone did fear the worst, myself included and Rob. But the consultant has basically said that if he hadn’t had any previous neck injury, nobody would be worrying or panicking.”
August 22, 2014
McKay signs contract
Highly rated youth team defender Paul McKay has signed his first professional contract after impressing in the Under-18s side. He has been with the Rovers Academy since he was nine years old and the 17-year old has ambitions on reaching the first team as soon as he can.
McKay told DROS earlier this week: “I’m delighted, I’ve been here since I was nine, so it’s obviously a big step and a great opportunity for a young lad like myself to progress to the next level. I’ve spoken to Stan (Paul Stancliffe) who’s said he’s delighted as well and him being a former centre half, he’s pushed me through and helped me along."
"I’ve trained a few times with the pros and he’s said I’ve done well and he’s wanted to show commitment to the club and help me develop then maybe I can get in to the first team and push on."
August 22, 2014
Man of the Match results v Port Vale
We would like to apologise for the late publishing of the "Man of the Match" results for Saturday's home game against Port Vale, which was down to an oversight.
There were nominations for seven different players, with the top three being as closely bunched together as they have been for some months.
In the end, Kyle Bennett came out just in front of Harry Forrester and James Coppinger, picking up just over a quarter of all votes received.
The top three were as follows:
1 Kyle Bennett (28.57%)
2 Harry Forrester (23.81%
3 James Coppinger (19.05%)
August 22, 2014
Man of the Match results v Preston North End
There were nominations for nine players in the "Man of the Match" voting for Tuesday's home game against Preston North End. In contrast to Saturday's game, James Coppinger was the runaway winner, getting nearly two out of every three votes cast.
The players receiving the most votes this time were;
1 James Coppinger (63.83%)
2 Kyle Bennett (14.89%)
3 Marc de Val Fernandez (6.38%)
We thank everyone for their contribution to the feature, which is now in its 13th season. The next vote will open following Saturday's away game at Colchester United.
August 22, 2014
Dickov plans for the future
One feature of the Rovers' substitutes bench this season has been the number of young players being named, which is a feature that is likely to continue for some time.
With the resources now available at the club, part of their plan for the future is to bring younger players through to the first team.
As Paul Dickov explained to the Doncaster Free Press: "We knew going into the season that, more often than not, there’d be a lot of young kids on the bench. It is going to be a building process for the next season or so - possibly beyond that. We know that, but it’s something as a club we’re all committed to doing."
August 21, 2014
Youth Team 2 Hartlepool United 0
The youth team got their first win of the season on the board on Saturday with a comfortable win over Hartlepool United, with Liam Mandeville and Matty Davis scoring the goals.
With first team boss Paul Dickov watching the game, Rovers imposed themselves on the game although on 15 minutes, Hartlepool almost went in front against the run of play, with a shot from 25 yards hitting the post. A second chance came to Hartlepool with keeper Jack McClaren having to make a good save from a free kick, but they offered little after that in terms of goal scoring opportunities.
Rovers hit the crossbar on the half-hour mark, but chances were at a premium for the rest of the half, which ended goalless.
Rovers scored the first goal of the game in the 55th minute, with Mandeville tapping the ball home from close range, and then Davis doubled the advantage ten minutes later after cutting in from the right wing to unleash a great shot which evaded the visiting goalkeeper.
Doncaster Rovers: Jack McLaren, Scott Brown, Paul McKay, Kevin Mbuti, Michael Carberry, Aaron Gordon, Jordan Linley, Alex Head, Matty Davis, Liam Mandeville, Jack McKay
Substitutes: Ryan Wanless (for Mandeville, 65), Michael Collins (for Gordon, 75), Matthew Parkin (for Davis, 80), Ryan Wanless, Matty Parkin, Michael Collins, Trialist
August 21, 2014
Robinson eager to succeed
Rovers striker Theo Robinson is eager to succeed this season after being disappointed with his form last season, which meant that he did not get as many games as he expected.
The Jamaican international told the Doncaster Free Press: “Last season was probably my poorest to date. The injury I got at the start of the year didn’t help. I was doing well around that time. I started to get back into my form and scored but the injury set me back a while. But there was also the loan signings coming in and I had to wait my turn. I was trying to get back into the side but it didn’t really happen so I just have to move on and prove myself."
"The more games I play, the fitter and sharper I will get which is when the goals will start coming. Hopefully I can get back to doing what I was doing before which was scoring goals."
August 21, 2014
Watford ticket information
Tickets for next Tuesday's Capital One Cup second round match at Watford go on general sale at the Keepmoat Stadium Ticket Office from today.
The game will be played on Tuesday, 26h August with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults £10
Concessions (65+, 16-19 years, students under 25 with NUS card) £5
Juniors (under 16) £1
August 21, 2014
Friend to extend Boro stay
Former Rovers defender George Friend is set to be given a new contract by Middlesbrough. George is now in the final year of his current contract, and has been attracting attention from Premier League clubs Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, but Boro' are keen to hold on to one of their prize assets.
Chairman Steve Gibson has said that discussions over a new improved deal will begin once the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but is insisting that Friend is not for sale.
He has played 93 games for Middlesbrough since switching to the Riverside from Rovers in July 2012.
August 21, 2014
Blades make their mind up
Sheffield United have given former Rovers loan goalkeeper Iain Turner a six month contract after running the rule over him in trials over the last few weeks.
Turner was signed by Barnsley for the latter part of last season, but did not play any games for them, with his last competitive appearance being for Dunfermline against Aberdeen in January 2012, with the following campaign largely disrupted due to injury.
August 20, 2014
Rovers 1 Preston North End 1
An injury-time goal right at the end of the game rescued a point for Rovers last night after Rovers had conceded a goal midway through the second half when a superb strike from Chris Humphrey looked as though it would consign Rovers to another defeat.
However, the ability of Rovers to score goals late in games paid dividends again, with Nathan Tyson forcing the ball home in the second minute of time added to the second half.
The main talking point will, inevitably be of the early substitution of skipper Rob Jones, who picked up a neck injury and was forced off "under medical advice", with Rovers not taking any chances, with it being only a couple of weeks since he was given the all-clear to resume playing after the operation on his neck last season.
Liam Wakefield replaced Jones, and the early replacement did not put Rovers off their game, which was much improved from Saturday's defeat against Port Vale.
Preston relied on shots from long range in the first half as Rovers kept them comfortably at bay. Rovers gradually got into their stride, with Coppinger, Bennett and Robinson all having scoring opportunities.
Early in the second half, Marc de Val Fernandez saw the Preston keeper off his line for a free kick 40 yards from goal, and a cheeky attempt to clip the ball over his head nearly worked. Rovers went behind in the 65th minute after a free kick was only half-cleared and fell to midfielder Chris Humphrey, who cracked the ball home from 25 yards through a packed penalty area.
With Preston trying to sit on their lead, the introduction of Nathan Tyson for Dean Furman added a little more attacking intent for Rovers - and it eventually worked, with Tyson firing home with a left foot shot deep into injury time.
August 20, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss praised the ability of his players to battle back from behind to score, which resulted in Rovers earning a valuable point at the Keepmoat Stadium last night.
He told the Doncaster Star: "That’s the third time in four games we’ve scored in the last minute, or in stoppage time, so that tells you a lot about the players’ belief in what we’re trying to do. It shows their fitness is getting better, and it shows there’s a togetherness. That’s four competitive games in a row now in which our substitutes have came on and scored. That shows me everyone’s in it together."
"The performance overall – considering the result Saturday, considering we lost Rob Jones early on, considering we changed the system – was fantastic. "Considering the age of the back four and they were up against the likes of Joe Garner, Paul Gallagher and Chris Humphrey, who tore Scunthorpe apart on Saturday, I thought they did really well and showed a lot of maturity beyond their years. "We asked the boys to be patient. We know Preston are a strong team going forward and defensively they get a lot of bodies back and make it very hard. I thought we moved the ball around very well in the first half."
Preston boss Simon Grayson was pleased to take a fourth point from two away games this weekend, but was frustrated to concede a goal so late in the game.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "It hurts to concede late on, but that's what happens. We scored the other week late at Notts County to equalise - it will equal itself out over the course of the season. I thought we put in a real professional performance as we were expecting a reaction from Doncaster after their defeat at the weekend. We knew it was going to be tough and they gave us the respect in that they changed their formation for the first time this season to match us up by playing a 4-3-3."
"I'm not too despondent, though, as to take four points from the two games this week is very pleasing."
"We were quite comfortable and Doncaster hadn’t had too many opportunities – Jamie Jones didn’t make too many saves. It looked like we were going to see out the game and then a couple of lapses of concentration proved costly. The lads are adamant the ball had already gone out of play on the other side of the pitch for our throw-in. But the ball came back in and fell to one of their players."
August 20, 2014
Jones injury
The main concern from last night's game was the early substitution of skipper Rob Jones with a neck injury, especially considering it has taken him so long to recover from the neck operation that meant he missed much of last season.
Speaking after the game, boss Paul Dickov commented: "He's okay, he's a little bit down but he took an elbow to the side of his neck and head early on and it was a sore one so we brought him off. He'll have a scan and we'll hope for the best."
August 20, 2014
Goals review
We noticed just two goals scored by ex-Rovers players last night. In the Championship, Kazenga LuaLua scored an 84th minute goal for Brighton & Hove Albion in their 2-0 win at Leeds United.
In League One, James Hayter scored Yeovil Town's first goal in their 2-1 away win at Walsall, which earned the Glovers their first points of the new season.
August 20, 2014
Rovers fail in Harry's appeal
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that their appeal against the sending off of midfielder Harry Forrester on Saturday has been rejected.
That meant that he was banned from last night's game against Preston North End, and will also miss a further two games, meaning that he should return for the home game against Oldham Athletic at the end of the month.
August 19, 2014
Rovers appeal against red card
Doncaster Rovers have appealed against the red card shown to midfielder Harry Forrester on Saturday in the home game against Port Vale.
Forrester was dismissed for a challenge involving the Port Vale goalkeeper as he was attempting to get a shot on goal.
Rovers will be waiting for the verdict before they have to name their side for this evening's home game against Preston North End. If unsuccessful, Forrester will be suspended for the game.
August 19, 2014
Rovers v Preston North End
Paul Dickov may well have to shuffle his pack for this evening's home game against Preston North End, with at least a couple of changes likely.
Midfielder Harry Forrester, who has been in great form so far this season, is likely to be suspended for the game after being sent off on Saturday - but Rovers have lodged an appeal which, if successful, would allow him to play.
Striker Curtis Main has a knee injury that will mean he misses the game, and defender Reece Wabara has a hamstring strain that will be checked before a decision is made as to whether he can play.
Dickov does have options to replace these players though, with the likes of Theo Robinson, Liam Wakefield, Marc de Val Fernandez and Kyle Bennett competing for places in the starting line-up.
Jamie McCombe is also rated as only 50-50 for this evening's game.
Preston boss Simon Grayson should welcome back Bailey Wright and Paul Gallagher after they were substituted as a precaution in Saturday's impressive 4-0 win at Scunthorpe United. Winger Andy Little has a muscle strain, but is hoped to be fit, while Lee Holmes (chest) and Kyel Reid (knee) will miss the game.
August 19, 2014
Dickov hopes for response from players
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hoping that the players will respond positively to the defeat against Port Vale on Saturday, and will put in an improved performance at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening.
Dickov was particularly disappointed that the goals were conceded from set pieces, and will be expecting an improvement tonight.
He told the Doncaster Star: "I will get a reaction. We’ve been through the game as a group and we know the mistakes that were made. But it’s important – and I will probably say this a lot over the next few weeks – that we don’t get too down after defeats or get too carried away after wins."
"The lads were as disappointed with themselves as I was with them. With it being a home game we’d wanted to try and build a bit of momentum. But we also know it’s going to take a bit of time. After one league game and one cup game, we’re not going to have gelled and be fantastic all the time."
With a recently formed squad meaning that the team still has to knit together, Paul added: "Performance-wise and results-wise, things won’t be on an even keel for us for a good while yet. We know that but it doesn’t take away the disappointment of that result. On a positive, when I watched the game back the performance wasn’t as bad as it initially seemed. But I’m also not so stupid to know the only stat that matters is the one that says we lost the game 3-1 and conceded three sloppy goals from set-plays."
August 19, 2014
Curtis has op
Rovers striker Curtis Main will be out of action for a month after having an operation on his knee cartilage on Sunday. The former Middlesbrough striker picked up the injury during Saturday's home game against Port Vale and will be a big miss for the squad after starting the season in good form.
Main is expected to be absent for between four and six weeks as he recovers.
However, boss Paul Dickov is not planning any imminent loan signings to cover the loss, even though the Rovers squad is rather small.
He told the Doncaster Star: "We’re constantly monitoring players all the time. If we feel the right player has become available and one that will improve us or boost us by providing cover, then we’ll have a look at them. There’s still another couple of weeks before the window closes and then it opens up again. If we feel it’s the right time to do it, we’ll do it.He said: “We knew if we had one or two injuries or suspensions we would be light, but that’s where the philosophy we’re trying to bring into the club for the future comes in and the youngsters will come in. If we have to do that and we play them – like we did with Liam Wakefield at York – we’ll do that and give them a chance. People talk about them being inexperienced but the only way to give them experience is to play them in games. If we have to, we will use the squad to it’s maximum.”
August 19, 2014
Dixon pleads 'not guilty'
Former Doncaster Rovers player/manager Kerry Dixon has appeared in court after being charged with being in possession of between £100 and £150 worth of cocaine.
He appeared in front of Luton Magistrates last week to enter a plea of 'not guilty'. The case has been referred to Luton Crown Court, with a date for his trial still to be confirmed.
Dixon played 16 games for Rovers, and was boss during the time of controversial (if not infamous) ownership of the club by 'benefactor', Ken Richardson. He was sacked in August 1997 after revealing that it was Richardson, and not Dixon, that was selecting the team.
August 18, 2014
Friend tracked
Former Doncaster Rovers defender George Friend is attracting the attention of a number of clubs in the Championship and Premier League, reports Sky Sports.
Friend has just gone into the last twelve months of his contract at Middlesbrough and unless he signs a new deal by the end of the year, will be free to talk to other clubs from January - as well as Boro' risking the chance that his transfer value to them will drop as a result.
Sky Sports suggest that the 'likes of Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Reading" are all keeping a close eye on the situation, with Friend having gained a reputation of being one of the best defenders outside the Premier League.
He joined Middlesbrough from Rovers in the summer of 2012, and has just been joined at the Riverside by Rovers left back James Husband.
August 18, 2014
Big things expected of Luke
Rovers defender Luke McCullough is tipped to have a big future ahead of him, following his successful introduction to international football with Northern Ireland in the summer.
McCullough joined Rovers as "one for the future" last season, but an injury crisis gave him the chance to taste first team football. While more experienced players eventually replaced him, his performances were enough to alert his country and he was picked at under-21 level during the season.
Luke has been picked in the starting eleven for Rovers in their opening games, with fellow defender Rob Jones telling the Doncaster Free Press: "Luke has got an awful lot to give, not just to this club but to football. He’s a young boy but he’s played for his country and numerous times at U21 level. He’s got pace and power, he’s good in the air, very accomplished on the ball. When he came in as my replacement last year he did very well. I think he will learn things from me and I’ll probably learn things from him as long as we try and form that partnership together. With Jamie McCombe on his way back, the three of us fighting for those spots is healthy."
His boss, Paul Dickov, also rates the youngster highly, adding: "He was outstanding against some top quality opposition. He came back with a real spring in his step and an attitude that he wants to make that shirt his own. Luke is potentially a top, top player. He needs to realise now he’s a first team player. Having Rob’s experience alongside him is only going to help.”
August 18, 2014
Dickov dismisses Forrester rumours
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Harry Forrester is being linked with a move away from the club, with a rumour that Millwall were interested instantly dismissed.
Forrester has made a good start to the season, although was controversially sent off in the latter stages of Saturday's game against Port Vale.
On being asked the question of whether there was any interest from other clubs, the Doncaster Free Press reports Dickov responding with: "Are you winding me up? There's absolutely no truth whatsoever. Harry’s contracted for another couple of years and he’s so committed to doing well for this club after his injury problems last year. He’ll be staying - but we’re going to have to manage him a little bit. If anything he’s a little bit over-determined to make up for the time he missed last year."
“We’ll look after him,” he added. "As I’ve said before, I believe he’ll be the best player in this division this year - and it will be with us."
Dickov continued: "He still needs games under his belt, but he’s a very good footballer, very forward-thinking."
August 18, 2014
Whincop joins Worksop
Young Rovers striker Chris Whincop, who was released by the club at the end of last season, has signed for NCEL club Worksop Town. The 20 year old progressed through the Rovers youth system, but did not manage to hold down a first team place and was sent out on loan to Conference club Hyde United to gain some first team experience.
He was one of a number of players to join Worksop earlier this month, but in the first three games they have played so far this season, he has managed only three minutes on the pitch as a late substitute in their league game against Liversedge.
August 17, 2014
Rovers 1 Port Vale 3
The season had started so brightly, and expectations of a continuation to the winning form were high as Port Vale arrived in town for the first home game of the campaign at the Keepmoat Stadium.
However, visitors Port Vale had other ideas, following a six goal haul in the Capital One Cup during the week, and they stunned Rovers by scoring three times before the interval. The game had started well, although both sides struggled to create any openings in the final third of the pitch until Vale opened the scoring in the 27th minute.
Keeper Jed Steer had done well to keep a near post header out in the 27th minute, but unfortunately for him, the ball into the path of Williamson, who nodded home from close range.
Just twelve minutes later, and it was 2-0 to Vale, with Tom Pope curling a shot home from a tight angle - and within seconds Rovers were three goals down when skipper Carl Dickinson cracked home through a crowded penalty area to put the game beyond Rovers, with half the game to be played.
Boss Paul Dickov made two substitutions at half time in a bid to revive Rovers' fortunes. Despite all their efforts, it took until fifteen minutes from time to pull a goal back, when the third substitute, Kyle Bennett, struck with a long-range dipping shot to give a little hope for Rovers.
The prospect of Rovers getting further back into the game were dashed in the 78th minute when Harry Forrester was controversially sent off. The Rovers midfielder appeared to be attempting to unleash a shot as the Port Vale goalkeeper went down to smother the ball. The usual over-reaction by the 'receiving' player in these circumstances tends to make any contact look much more than it actually way, and after consulting with his assistants, the referee sent Forrester off.
Defender Cedric Evina had a cross that hit the top of the crossbar in the remaining minutes, but there was no further way back for Rovers.
August 17, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov conceded that his side were second best yesterday, but was not going to push the panic button, remembering the two previous good results.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "In the first half we didn't get started. Port Vale were better then us, it's as simple as that. The manner we lost the goals with two corners and a throw-in is really poor from our point of view. People have designated roles in the team, they didn't fulfil that and you get punished for it. We can't start games like that, as good as the players have been over the first two games."
He added: "We fielded the same side that started the game in last week's 3-0 win at Yeovil, but didn't get the same response. But we didn't get carried away with last week's win and I'm not going to go over the top after losing this. The first half was probably as poor as we've been since I've been here, but you have to give Port Vale credit for the way they played. The most disappointing aspect for me was that we conceded from two corners and a throw-in and we're going to have to be better than that if we want to do well this season."
"Having said that it was a definite foul on the keeper for their third goal and it was never a sending off - if anything it was a borderline penalty decision because Harry (Forrester) was pushed when he tried to make contact with the ball."
Port Vale boss Micky Adams praised his players for what he described as their best performance while he has been at the club.
He told their official web site: "That’s as good a performance, as we’ve produced while I’ve been manager. Looking at the football we played, the opportunities we made and the defending not only as a back five, but as a whole team, we were excellent. We conceded a goal from a deflection and it went over the top of Sam Johnson, but except for that, I think it was a perfect performance."
“You have to remember as well that we were playing a good side. Doncaster were pre-season favourites, so it was never going to be easy and we were playing against a Paul Dickov side, so we knew they’d come out to try and upset the second half. I’m disappointed that we couldn’t add to the tally of goals we got in the first half but generally we were very pleased."
August 17, 2014
Goals review
Former Rovers striker Billy Sharp got his Leeds United career off to an ideal start by scoring the only goal of the game to give his new side victory at Elland Road over Middlesbrough. Sharp struck in the 88th minute, pouncing on a loose ball after Michael Tonge's shot was only parried by the keeper.
Also in the Championship, David Wheater scored one of Bolton Wanderers' goals in their 2-2 home draw with Nottingham Forest.
The Championship also saw former Rovers loan midfielder Franck Moussa score a 93rd minute winner for Charlton in their game at the Valley against Wigan Athletic.
Finally, in League One, Jonathan Forte scored in the 16th minute to put Oldham Athletic a goal up at home to Leyton Orient, but the Latics then scored three goals to run out comfortable winners.
August 17, 2014
Quid a kid to continue
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they will be continuing the "Quid a Kid" offer for the rest of the home games in August, meaning that children can watch the games against Preston North End and Oldham Athletic for just £1 each. The offer is restricted to children accompanied by adults sitting in the DCLT Family Area of the East Stand.
(Please note that the £1 tickets are available at a ratio of one per adult/senior/young person ticket. Additional children will have to play the full rate for children.)
August 17, 2014
Peterson keen to impress
Young striker Alex Peterson is out to be a success after being handed a professional contract with Doncaster Rovers.
Alex now has his sights set on getting on the pitch for the first team this season, and then establishing himself as a regular in the match day squad.
He told DROS after signing his contract earlier this month: "I’m delighted to sign a new contract with the club after being here for so long and doing what I did last year. Its great to be given another chance to show what I can do. I’d like to be challenging for a first team place. The gaffer showed if you work hard and do everything right then he’ll give you the chance to play first team football regardless of how old you are and I’ll be looking to take advantage of that and really kick on."
August 16, 2014
Rovers v Port Vale
Doncaster Rovers should be virtually at full strength for this afternoon's home game against Port Vale.
There are a few bumps and knocks, but none that are likely to keep anyone out, with Paul Dickov having to contend with making the most of his relatively small squad.
Defender Jamie McCombe, who made a surprise return to action on Tuesday at York, broke his nose during that game but, as Stuart Broad has shown in the test match, that isn't enough to keep him out. Reece Wabara and Rob Jones, who were rested on Tuesday evening, are fit to resume their places in the side, and we expect that Paul Dickov will select virtually the same side that won at Yeovil last weekend.
Port Vale have to give midfielder Michael O'Connor a late fitness test to see if he has recovered from a groin injury, with either Michael Brown or Steven Jennings likely to deputise if necessary. Richard Duffy could return after sitting out Tuesday's Capital One Cup game due to an ankle injury picked up in the opening day game against Walsall.
Paul Dickov has a lot of respect for Vale boss Micky Adams, but will be going all out to beat his side this afternoon.
He told DROS: “I had a love / hate relationship with him. He knew if he gave me a rollicking I’d react and not always in the right way but he was great for me. Micky and I get on great. He was fantastic for me as a player and probably of all the managers that I played under; he got the best out of me. They (Vale) are well organised, which is what you’d expect from a Micky Adams side."
He added: "We want competition for places. We’ve shown we can mix it up if we want to. We keep talking about managing the group and that’s what we're prepared to do. I know in my head the side I’m going to pick, it might be tough on who I’m going to leave out. We can take the opportunity to rest ahead of Tuesday. Its important not to get carried away, its early doors, we've just had the first week of the season and it lets everyone know that I will give them a chance and can shake it up."
August 16, 2014
Today's match officials
The Football League have appointed the match officials for this afternoon's home game against Port Vale.
They will be;
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant referees: William Smallwood and Darren Strain
Fourth official: Ricky Wootton
August 16, 2014
Sharp joins Leeds
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp has joined Leeds United on a two year contract, ending a miserable time at Southampton, where he has not been within touch of a first team place since his first few months at the club.
Sharp has moved with a year left on his Saints contract, and it's either a free transfer or an "undisclosed fee", depending on which report you read.
The Doncaster Free Press are reporting that Leeds have agreed to pay off the remaining year of Sharp's Southampton contract to secure his services, and the 28 year old goes into their squad for this weekend's game.
Sharp moved to Southampton for £1.8 million in January 2012 when Nigel Adkins was manager at Southampton, but once Southampton had gained promotion, found himself frozen out and loaned to Nottingham Forest for the full season. He then re-joined Adkins at Reading on loan, before moving back to Rovers for the second half of last season, where he struggled to recapture the form of his previous deal.
August 16, 2014
Nelson injury concern
Gillingham boss Peter Taylor has a worry over former Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson after he suffered a thumb injury in the opening day game at MK Dons.
Nelson was replaced at half time of that game, and it turned out that he had not broken his thumb, but has got some ligament damage.
Taylor told Kent OnLine: "He was in pain at half-time and we had to take him off, simple as that. He might have broken his thumb and we are going to have an x-ray on him. As we speak, he’s at the hospital having it checked out and I’m sure we’ll find out by tomorrow morning, if not late tonight, the extent of the damage."
"Stuart could be out for one, two or three months. We are not clear at the minute. If it is not a long time we could take the chance of having one keeper and a young one on the bench. Once we find out if it is going to be a longer one we have got to act."
The Gills may have to go into the loan market to sign cover for Nelson, with Taylor telling his club web site: "I’m just waiting to find out the length and if I find out he’s out for long I can go to the other club and say can we have a loan for that time."