November 21, 2014
Bramall honoured by Prince Charles
Rovers co-owner Terry Bramall has received and award from Prince Charles as recognition for the work the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation have done in Yorkshire.
Terry and Liz Bramall were awarded the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy after being nominated by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. They received their award at St James's Palace earlier this month.
West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining said: “The Bramalls have been key supporters of the work of West Yorkshire Playhouse for the past few years, but the recent increase in their sustained support has been absolutely crucial in enabling us to develop our programme for a whole range of different kinds of people across West Yorkshire."
"The portfolio of activities we run now, with the support of The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation includes older people, a new community ambassadors and touring scheme, young people with learning disabilities, our Theatre of Sanctuary programme (working with refugees and asylum seekers), emerging theatre artists, a graduate actors scheme and work with and for people living with dementia. We are enormously grateful for their continued support which is genuinely living changing for hundreds of people in Leeds and further afield."
Terry Bramall said: “We are extremely honoured to have received the Prince of Wales Medal. The creative industries play a vital role in the fabric of any community, providing not only the chance to escape to wonderful worlds but also to meet new people, have new experiences and grow in confidence. “We have supported organisations to reach out as widely as possible to vastly different communities who may not otherwise have the opportunity to access the arts. It has been a pleasure to fund and bolster the already fantastic work that companies like West Yorkshire Playhouse do in their communities, with young and old people alike, to help develop new projects and to seek out new talent to ensure the future of this kind of work. This medal may recognise the work we do but it is our job to recognise the work of those people we gladly support.”
November 21, 2014
Dickov - my view stays the same
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has said that his approach to the game has remained the same, despite the frustration that the variable results and performances have given him this season.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "My philosophy has never changed. I’ve always said to the players - and maybe it’s something I’ve not said as much in interviews - that in the first 20 minutes of every game, you’ve got to fight for the right to play football. You can’t expect to go out there from kick off and string 30 passes together, especially in this league."
"We’ve seen it in fits and starts. But the last two games we’ve done it consistently. And if you fight for that right to play your football, there’ll come a point in the game when you can do that. It might take 60 minutes for that to happen. But with the players we’ve got in the team, football-wise we believe we’re a match for anyone in this division. It’s the other side of it we have to match first - and then we think our greater ability will show through.”
November 21, 2014
Barnes - the star in the extraordinary car!
Former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes is in with a chance of winning a full year's lease on a 2014 Lamborghini, but he has to pit his wits against several other players from MLS Soccer.
A new short series, Continental Tire's "What'Cha Got" is airing every week on ESPN2, with six MLS players facing each other to win the year long lease.
The idea is simple, and bears similarities to a competition run on "Top Gear", with the six players taking the 2014 Lamborghini through an obstacle course, with the driver achieving the fastest time being the winner.
There are just two more drivers to go before we know the winner - Barnes is up against Graham Zusi, Sean Johnson, Chandler Hoffman, Stephen Keel and Dan Kennedy.
November 21, 2014
Stevens accepts time at Villa is over
On-loan Doncaster Rovers defender Enda Stevens has come to accept that his time at Premier League club Aston Villa is almost over, with his contract at Villa Park due to expire at the end of the season.
The Irishman has made only a few appearances for Villa since joining from Shamrock Rovers in 2012, and has been out on loan in an effort to get noticed.
He is now in his second loan spell at Rovers as he puts himself in the shop window.
Enda told the Doncaster Star: “It was good [being at Villa]. I’ve enjoyed myself, it’s a massive club. Paul Lambert gave me my debut so I was grateful for that, it’s just time for me to move on. It was easy to come back to Doncaster. I really enjoyed myself here last season. It was a no-brainer. The loan is for me, it’ll improve me and my football.”
Asked if he was looking for another club, he said: “Yes. It’s just football, it happens. You’ve just got to get on with it, do well and work hard.”
November 21, 2014
Voting results v Weston Super Mare
There were nominations for five different players as the "Man of the Match" for Tuesday evening's FA Cup tie at Weston Super Mare.
Goal-scoring striker Curtis Main was the eventual winner, gaining almost one in three of the votes cast.
The players receiving the most votes were:
1 Curtis Main (30.77%)
2 Richie Wellens (23.08%)
3 James Coppinger (21.42%)
Thank you very much for everyone who took the time to vote. The next poll will open after Saturday's away game at Rochdale.
November 20, 2014
Youth Team 4 Peterborough United 2
Doncaster Rovers progressed through to the third round of the FA Youth Cup at the Keepmoat Stadium last night, registering a 4-2 victory over Peterborough United, thus setting up a challenging game against former winners Norwich City in the next round.
Two goals from striker Liam Mandeville in the final ten minutes of the game made all the difference - with the Rovers striker completing his hat-trick after opening the scoring in the game as early as the 11th minute. A mistake by Rovers keeper McLaren enabled Peterborough to level, with Friend nodding the ball home, but parity lasted only three minutes, as a deep cross allowed Aron Gordon to score unchallenged at the far post, putting Rovers 2-1 up.
Peterborough felt they should have had a penalty awarded to them after Friend went down in the Rovers penalty area, but they did draw level as Edwards headed a corner home. But again, the scores were only level for a short time, with Rovers regaining the lead as Mandeville's nodding header glancing home a free kick. The final goal of the game came in injury time with a superb finish from Mandeville, which put the game out of touch for the visiting side.
Doncaster Rovers: McLaren, Greasley, Carberry, Head, P. McKay, Davies, J. McKay, Mandeville, Gordon, Linley, Williamson
Substitutes: Parkin (for Davies, 65), Longbottom (for Mandeville, 90), Iveson, Fielding, Barker
Peterborough United: Henry, Ward, Robinson, Marshall, Anderson, Keating, Hood, Luto, Friend, Phillips, Edwards
Substitutes: Da Silva Lopes (for Hood, 87), Ravas, Ford, Lee, Humphrey
November 20, 2014
Oldham ticket information
Ticket information for Doncaster Rovers' away game in the FA Cup against Oldham Athletic have now been confirmed.
The game will be played on Saturday, 6th December with a 3pm kick-off at Boundary Park, and tickets will go on sale from next Monday.
As for all away games, Rovers will issue tickets firstly to season ticket holders, and they can buy tickets at the rate of one per season ticket book from Monday, 24th November.
Multi-game ticket holders and Alliance members can also buy tickets from Thursday, 27th November, with any remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, 1st December.
Ticket prices for the game will be: Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £10 - Juniors (15 & under) £10 - Juniors (11 & under) £5
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, with their carer admitted free of charge.
If the game goes to a replay, the clubs have provisionally agreed that they will meet at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday, 16th December, with a 7:45pm kick-off.
November 20, 2014
Bullard blames I'm a Celebrity appearance on McIndoe
Former Hull City and Wolves midfielder Jimmy Bullard has admitted that his appearance on ITV's "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" programme is an attempt to recover some of the money that he lost in an investment scheme linked to former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Michael McIndoe.
He is reported to have said that he is trying to recover some of the £650,000 he lost as part of the "get rich quick" scheme, which promised 20% per month returns, and also duped fellow footballers, said to have included Robbie Keane and some of his former team mates at Coventry City.
It is claimed that McIndoe approached potential investors on behalf of the scheme - but newspaper reports stress that there is no suggestion of any wrong doing on his part. McIndoe retired from playing in 2011 after a spell with Coventry City, apparently to concentrate on his business interests.
All players are yet to get any of their money back, despite the police investigating fraud allegations.
November 20, 2014
Snodin appointed as ambassador for Toffees
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder, skipper and manager Ian Snodin has been named as one of Everton's new "official Club ambassadors", which will give them the role of promoting Everton FC both in the community an internationally. Along with Snodin, Graeme Stuart has also been given the same role; both have been closely linked with the club in recent years and their new role is an extension of their existing involvement.
Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright, said: "I've always had this thought of building on what Sharpy has been doing. He's been doing a great job for a long time - 15 years - and I wanted to get these guys on board to help develop this work further. It was important that I spoke with Denise [Barrett-Baxendale], Robert [Elstone], Roberto [Martinez] and Sharpy - and they all embraced it and said it was a wonderful idea."
"These two - despite being from Tooting and Rotherham originally - are here every week and they care and are passionate about the Club. They are special lads with a real affinity for Everton. I asked them if they would be interested and it was an instant 'yes' from both. It's important that they get out in the community and internationally and show what Everton is - a family football club. We want them to be what they are, which is committed Evertonians with good personalities who know what the Club is all about."
November 19, 2014
Weston Super Mare 1 Rovers 4
Any prospects of an FA Cup upset were quickly snuffed out last night as Doncaster Rovers comfortably went through to the second round, with the opening goal coming in the 15th minute, by which time they had spurned a couple of chances of taking an even earlier lead.
As promised, boss Paul Dickov did not make the mistake of putting out a weakened side for this potential 'banana skin' game, and played more or less his strongest side available, with Luke McCullough and Andy Butler coming back into the side after missing out against Sheffield United, with Theo Robinson and Kyle Bennett coming in to replace Nathan Tyson and Harry Forrester. Jamie McCombe missed the game altogether after having an injection in his back, with Liam Wakefield dropping to the bench alongside Tyson and Forrester.
Weston Super Mare made three changes to the side that played Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday as they hoped to cause an FA Cup sensation - but that turned out never to be really on the cards.
First half goals from Curtis Main, Theo Robinson and James Coppinger settled the game, with Richie Wellens adding a fourth after the break on the counterattack after a period of home side possession, with Weston Super Mare's goal coming with the last kick of the game deep into injury time at the end of the second half.
After taking full control in the first half, Rovers eased off for the second 45 minutes, with Weston coming into the game more, without there ever really being a chance of the three goal cushion being diminished.
The result means that Rovers will travel to play Oldham Athletic, one of Dickov's former clubs, in the second round in just over a fortnight's time.
November 19, 2014
What the managers said
There are only direct quotes from Rovers boss Paul Dickov following last night's FA Cup win at Weston Super Mare, which saw the Rovers chief pleased to have progressed safely into the next round.
He told the Yorkshire Post: "We’ve strung together some really good passing moves in the first half. We knew we needed to make a fast start to quieten not only Weston’s players but their fans. That’s how it worked out and to go in three-up at half-time was really pleasing. After that I felt we got a bit sloppy but you have to give credit to Weston for the way they played in the second half. It was a night when the result was everything."
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he added: "We took our foot off the gas in the second half which disappointed me. I thought we got a bit sloppy in the second half but you’ve got to give Weston credit. They were a right threat from set-pieces tonight. The main thing in the FA Cup is getting into the next round. I was pleased we scored a few goals for the fans who came down because they were fantastic."
Explaining his team selection for the game, he continued: "It’s about respecting Weston-Super-Mare and respecting the FA Cup as well. This is a competition we want to do well in. We didn’t want to come down and be complacent and the team I picked reflected that. Physically the boys looked great tonight and we’ve got lads that are getting stronger all the time."
Following last nights' game, the Board of Weston Super Mare issued a statement that reads: "The Board of Weston super Mare would like to thank the supporters who turned up in incredible numbers to watch the game tonight – it was the shot in the arm that the players and management needed. We would also like to thank the club volunteers who worked so very hard over the last two weeks to ensure this match could be played after the devastation of the postponement on 8th November."
"The total attendance was 2947 a huge record for the Club. Thank you Weston supporters we really appreciate your support. We would also like to thank Avon & Somerset Police for their support both on Saturday and tonight – its much appreciated."
November 19, 2014
Youth team v Peterborough
The youth team are back in action this evening as they face Peterborough United in the second round of the FA Youth Cup at the Keepmoat Stadium.
A 3-1 win over Morecambe in the first round saw Paul Stancliffe's side through to the second round, with Peterborough progressing at the expense of Notts County.
Please note that only the West Stand of the Keepmoat Stadium will be open this evening - ticket prices are £3 per adult and £1 for under-16s and over 60's.
November 19, 2014
Events clash at the Keepmoat
Organisation was clearly not in mind when Doncaster Rovers decided to plan their "annual Race Night" which takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening.
The timing means that fans will not be able to attend both - with the Race Night starting at 7:30pm, with the youth team's game in the stadium starting 15 minutes later.
Food for the Race Night will be served from 6:45pm in the Belle Vue Bar.
Andrew Whitham, Head of Commercial at Doncaster Rovers, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the annual Rovers race night at the Keepmoat Stadium for the fourth year running. This is a fantastic event for Rovers supporters and one that is always well attended. It is a great opportunity for fans to meet some of the players, enjoy good food and, if you’re feeling lucky, have a flutter on the races.
To book your tickets contact the Rovers commercial team on 01302 764 665 or e-mail commercial@doncasterroversfc.co.uk
November 19, 2014
Goals review
There are a couple of former Rovers players scoring goals in the last few days that we need to mention, beginning with Craig Nelthorpe, who scored Harrogate Town's final goal in their 4-1 home win over bottom club Hyde, in the Conference North. The result sees Harrogate climb into 12th place, eight points adrift of the play-off places.
In last night's games, former Rovers striker Jordan Ball scored for Mickleover Sports in their 3-1 home win over New Mills in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.
November 18, 2014
Weston-Super-Mare v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers make a second trip down to the south-west to face Weston-Super-Mare in the first round of the FA Cup this evening.
The original tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but Rovers and the home club appear confident that the game will go ahead tonight as scheduled.
Rovers are likely to make changes from Saturday's home game against Sheffield United - but not from a position of "resting" players, but by having some players available tonight that were absent on Saturday.
Rovers should welcome back Luke McCullough, who has been on international duty with Northern Ireland, and fellow defender Andy Butler, who could not play on Saturday against his parent club under the terms of his loan. Still absent will be Dean Furman (on international duty with South Africa), and the injured Rob Jones and Cedric Evina.
Nathan Tyson could miss the game after struggling with injury in Saturday's game.
Weston-Super-Mare welcome back Jacob Crane, who has finished a suspension that prevented him from being included on the original date for the tie.
November 18, 2014
The managers' pre-match interviews
Rovers boss Paul Dickov vowed to send out a strong side for this evening's FA Cup game at Weston-Super-Mare, but as mentioned, he has Luke McCullough and Andy Butler available in addition to the squad that played on Saturday.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "There might be one or two changes, but there won't be wholesale changes because this will be a tough game. We had them watched again on Saturday so we know what to expect. It's their Cup final but we will be well prepared for it. The last thing you want is to get out to a Cup shock. Our attitude has to be spot on and if it is we will progress. They're making every effort to make sure the game is on and we have no concerns about that at the moment."
Weston-Super-Mare manager Mickey Bell told BBC Somerset: "I don't see us having a problem with getting the lads up for it as much as they were last time. If anything, it might be the Doncaster players that feel like that after having it postponed when they were already here 10 days ago. It's great to have Jacob Cane back because he's been excellent this season, so that's a big positive to the match being rearranged."
November 18, 2014
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's FA Cup tie at Weston-Super-Mare have been confirmed and will be:
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant referees: Mark Howes & Daniel Cook
Fourth official: Kevin Morris.
November 18, 2014
Weston pull out stops to get game on
Club officials of Weston-Super-Mare have been making every effort to get this evening's game played, despite more rain falling in the area since the original game was called off on 9th November.
The North Somerset side have enlisted the help of Somerset County Cricket Club, who have allowed them to use two "water hog machines" to remove water from the pitch. In addition to that, the pitch has had protective covers on over the weekend, but they have now been removed, with no further rain forecast for today.
Weston's groundsman, Bob Flaskett, said: "Graham Masarik from Eurocams was at the game last weekend when it was postponed and he made contact with Simon Lee at the County Ground and it has gone on from that. Rob Hake came up and delivered the two water hogs at the end of last week so if we need them they are there for us to use.
Bob added: “It is very kind of Somerset to help us out in this way and Weston Football Club are very grateful indeed.”
Somerset Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “We are only too happy to be able to help Weston out in this way and we would like to wish them good luck for Tuesday night. We have assisted a couple of other west-country clubs in the past and are always happy to help if we can."
November 18, 2014
... but Rovers Player in doubt
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they cannot guarantee that they will be able to provide full coverage of this evening's game on their "Rovers Player" subscription service due to there being no ISDN line at Weston-Super-Mare's ground.
They are intending to use a mobile phone to provide audio commentary, which has not been 100% successful in trials they have undertaken during the last few days. However, they will be providing a text commentary from the game via Twitter.
We understand that BBC Radio Sheffield will be broadcasting a commentary from the game this evening.
November 18, 2014
Hull City 2 Youth Team 2
Doncaster Rovers picked up a useful point from Saturday's youth team league game at Hull City, having to come from behind to snatch a well earned draw, which saw Rovers having to play the game without Paul and Jack McKay, both of who were included in the first team squad.
Rovers went in front after 30 minutes after Hull had wasted some scoring opportunities. Liam Mandeville was bundled over in the penalty area, with skipper Alex Head stepping up to send the Hull keeper the wrong way as he successfully converted the spot kick.
City were back on level terms just eight minutes later, with a shot from distance by Jake Rose hitting the crossbar, with Jarrod Bowen on hand to slot in the rebound.
Hull went in front in the 59th minute as Morton nodded the ball in from close range, but Rovers levelled just six minutes later, as a long free kick into the Hull penalty area found Ben Greasley, whose well directed header flew into the net.
Both sides had further chances to win the game, but a draw was a deserved outcome in a good contest.
Hull City: Joe Walker, Josh Clackstone, Harvey Rodgers, Matt Hinchliffe, Jake Buckle, Jake Rose, Dan Batty, Dev Morton, Ellis Barkworth, Ben Hinchliffe, Jarrod Bowen
Subs Not Used: Mitch Langton, Luke Lofts, Billy Chadwick, Josh Thacker
Doncaster Rovers: Jack Mclaren, Ben Greasley, Michael Carberry, Alex Head, Scott Brown, Connor Williamson, Matthew Davies, Jordan Linley, Ryan Wanless, Liam Mandeville, Aron Gordon
Substitutes: Matthew Parkin, Johnathan Iveson, Will Longbottom, Reece Fielding, Joshua Barker
November 18, 2014
Voting results v Sheffield United
We received nominations for seven different players in the "Man of the Match" voting for Saturday's home game against Sheffield United.
It proved to be a successful return to first team action for Jamie McCombe, who won the voting with twice as many votes as his nearest rival.
The players getting the most votes were:
1 Jamie McCombe (43.48%)
2 James Coppinger (21.74%)
3 Liam Wakefield (17.39%)
We thank everyone who took the time to place their vote, and hope that a few of those hardy souls making the long trip down to Weston-Super-Mare this evening will vote after this evening's game.
November 17, 2014
Furman 'honoured' to skipper Bafana to win
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has spoken of the pride he felt after captaining his country, South Africa, on Saturday - and he led them not only to victory, but also to qualify for the Nations Cup finals which will be played in Equatorial New Guinea next year.
He said after the game: "The kind of support I've received personally is quite unbelievable. And, as a team, the support we have seen this week – on the training field, from the fans, in the hotel, the shopping centre and at the stadium is incredible. I don't think anyone can be intimidated by something that spurs us on like that."
"For me it was probably the biggest honour and one of the proudest moments of, not only my career, but my life, to lead my national team out onto the field."
The 26-year-old, who made his debut under former coach Gordon Igesund in 2012, has quickly become a crowd favourite after a host of stellar performances, which has earned him the reputation of being one of the country’s most consistent performers.
He added: "We knew what we had to do today. We knew we had to get over the line and we’re delighted to have done that. We know that in the past we haven’t quite got there, or there has been this issue or that issue, so today we’re delighted that we got the three points, it keeps us top of our group and we know that we’re going to the Africa Cup of Nations finals."
South Africa now play Nigeria, playing in the newly built Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo on Wednesday evening.
November 17, 2014
Notts County ticket information
Tickets are now on general sale for the rearranged home game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Notts County, which will now be played on Tuesday, 9th December.
Rovers have decided that the game will start 15 minutes earlier than usual - 7:30pm - "to make the game more accessible to our younger fans".
Ticket prices are also discounted from the usual level in the hope of attracting a larger attendance.
Ticket prices for the game are:
Adults £10 - Senior Citizens £5 - Young Adults (17-20) £5 - First Junior (with full paying ticket holder) FREE - Additional Juniors £5
November 17, 2014
Diouf moves to Malaysia
Former Doncaster Rovers striker El-Hadjii Diouf is moving to Malaysia to start a new chapter in his footballing career after agreeing to join Sabah as one of their five foreign players.
The 33 year old striker has met with boss George O'Callaghan to discuss the move, with the former African Player of the Year expected to help the club achieve promotion to the Malaysian Super League next season - a fair challenge since they only finished in eighth last season.
Diouf has been without a club since his contract at Leeds United expired in the summer.
November 17, 2014
Copps - next ten games crucial for Rovers' season
Doncaster Rovers' stand-in skipper James Coppinger has marked down the next ten games as crucial in determining whether the club will be challenging for promotion this season.
While boss Paul Dickov has played down those prospects, insisting that Rovers are a "work in progress", the likes of Coppinger and Wellens are still hoping that the team can become consistent enough to push their way up the table.
They will face four of the current top eight sides during that ten match run, and the results against those teams will ultimately show whether Rovers are able to sustain a challenge for promotion.
Coppinger told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "If we can find that consistency in the next ten games we can definitely achieve something this season. We’re only a third of the way through the season. We haven’t found that formula in terms of consistency yet but we know it’s there. We know we can produce performances that get results."
"You don’t go into a season thinking we’re just going to finish mid-table. We’ve got a hungry bunch of players here that want to do well. Over the last ten years at this club we’ve always been fighting for promotion or to stay in the league. We’ve had a tough four or five years in the Championship, fighting to stay in there. But like I said at the start of the season we want to achieve something - and that has to start every day in training."
November 16, 2014
Rovers 0 Sheffield United 1
Rovers missed a penalty in the second half of yesterday's South Yorkshire derby, and paid the 'penalty', as Sheffield United scored with a stunning shot from Jamie Murphy just three minutes later, which ended up being the winning goal.
Rovers huffed and puffed, and almost drew level late on as Kyle Bennett hit the woodwork, with James Coppinger also being denied as keeper Mark Howard palmed a stinging shot away from danger.
On a foggy afternoon, the first half was disappointing and relatively low-key, with the visitors that started the better, although Rovers eventually settled and had the more promising moves in the opening half. Harry Forrester shot wide from 20 yards as Rovers gradually improved as the half went on.
The visitors started well after the break, and were unlucky not to win a penalty just two minutes in after Enda Stevens seemed to pull Jamal Campbell Ryce back as he went into the penalty area. The referee gave a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, judging that the offence took place just outside the penalty box.
Play continued at a fast pace - and then came the key part of the game. Rovers were awarded a penalty kick when James Coppinger was brought down in the penalty area, with the offender, Paddy McCarthy, being shown a straight red card. Instead of usual penalty taker Nathan Tyson stepping up, Harry Forrester took the spot kick, but his strike was too close to keeper Mark Howard, who saved.
United took the lead from a Rovers corner - they broke up field, with Murphy collecting the ball, cutting inside from the right to unleash a superb curling shot from 30 yards that flew into the top corner of Sam Johnstone's net. That gave Sheffield enough of a boost, and it was hard to tell that they were operating a man down.
Rovers had the chance to equalise late on when Kyle Bennett almost levelled things when he struck a great half-volley from 20 yards that came back into play off the post.
Paul Dickov gave young striker Jack McKay his first team debut late on in the game, but by then it was too late for Rovers to make an impression, as the visitors defended their lead in great numbers.
The efforts to get Luke McCullough back in time for the game were all for nothing, as he was not included in the match day squad.
November 16, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov conceded that it just wasn't "Rovers' day" after seeing ten-man Sheffield United score the only goal of the game just three minutes after being reduced to ten men.
He told the Yorkshire Post after the game: "Five minutes in the second half decided it; a crazy five minutes from our point of view. They went down to ten men, they got the penalty and we missed the penalty and a few minutes later, they score a fantastic strike. After that, we have peppered them a little bit and hit the post and the keeper has made a couple of good saves, but it just wasn’t to be our day."
Of the reason why Harry Forrester took the penalty instead of regular taker Nathan Tyson, Dickov added: "Harry fancied taking it. Nathan had been struggling a little bit as well with his knee and calf. Harry wanted to take it and it was a good strike and great save from the goalkeeper."
Visiting boss Nigel Clough commented after the match: "As a football club, I thought it was a great end (to the week) for the supporters and we had over 4,000 here today. We showed the spirit of the club on the pitch and turning up in the numbers they did showed the spirit off the pitch. It has been a difficult week and it is lovely to finish it with three points in circumstances of adversity, which is the best way to describe it. It has not been easy for anyone at the club, I don’t think. All we can do is our bit on the pitch."
Clough added: "We just wanted to be better and I thought we started the second half in the first 15 to 20 minutes was brilliant. I thought we started the game okay and then lost our way for half an hour. We lost our focus a bit over the penalty. We had a blatant one not given at Walsall and another one today. We have got to learn to deal with them, as frustrating as it is. We can’t lose our focus."
November 16, 2014
Goals review
We noticed just one former Rovers player scoring yesterday - Chris Beardsley scored twice for Stevenage Borough in their 5-1 crushing of Cheltenham Town in League Two.
There are a couple of players to mention who have scored goals since last weekend's review - firstly, in Malta, Dene Shields scored once and missed a penalty while playing for Xewkiga Tigers in their 1-0 win over Victoria Hotspurs in the GFA Division One.
Finally, James Hayter scored a hat-trick during the week for Yeovil Town in their victory over Hengrove Athletic in the Somerset Premier Cup. Despite it only being 2-0 to the Glovers at half time, some stern talking from Yeovil boss Gary Johnston had the desired effect, and they romped to a 13-0 trashing of the non-league club by the final whistle.
November 16, 2014
JPT semi-final draw
The Football League have announced the draw for the regional semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
With the Rovers v Notts County having already been postponed twice, one tie has two 'either/or' set of teams.
The full draw for remaining games in the competition is;
Northern Section
Doncaster Rovers/Notts County v Oldham Athletic/Preston North End
Tranmere Rovers v Walsall
Southern Section
Bristol City v Coventry City
Gillingham v Leyton Orient
All ties will be played in the week commencing Monday, 8th December, apart from the Rovers/Notts County v Oldham/Preston game which will be played in the week commencing 15th December.
November 16, 2014
Final game changed
Doncaster Rovers' final fixture of the season, at home to Scunthorpe United, has been put back until the following day, following an announcement from the Football League.
The game will now commence at 12.15pm on Sunday, 3rd May instead of the previously announced Saturday afternoon.
The Football League have decided to stagger fixtures for the Championship, League One and League Two, to "give each competition its own share of the footballing spotlight".
No doubt television coverage also influenced their decision!
Games in the Championship will be played at 12.15pm on Saturday, 2nd May
Games in League Two will be played at 3pm on Saturday, 2nd May
Games in League One will be played at 12.15pm on Sunday, 3rd May.
Interestingly, the Football League have also announced that the 2015/16 season will begin on the weekend of 8th/9th August 2015 and run until the weekend of 7th/8th May 2016.
They have also announced that the use of "vanishing spray" will be introduced into all Football League competitions from 1st January 2015 after successful trials in the early rounds of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. It will be used in all Football League, Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy games from the mid-point of the current campaign.