November 28, 2015
Coventry City v Rovers
The injury situation at Doncaster Rovers appears to be easing, with Gary MacKenzie, Luke McCullough and Harry Forrester all returning to training this week, but whether they will be ready for this afternoon's challenging game at league leaders Coventry City is something that boss Darren Ferguson will need to decide. The urgency for them to return was diminished after a pleasing performance on Tuesday against Chesterfield, but it should at least mean that Rovers can name a stronger bench than was the case on Tuesday.
Paul Keegan returns to full training on Monday, so will not be under consideration today, with Curtis Main (back) and Dany N'Guessan (hamstring) definitely missing the game. Richard Chaplow continues to recover from an Achilles injury.
Midfielder Richie Wellens joined Oldham on loan on Thursday evening, so will be unavailable to Rovers.
Coventry will not include Joe Cole for today's game, despite him having trained this week, and they have pencilled in next week's game against Sheffield United for his return.
Reda Johnson (hamstring) will miss the game, as will Jordan Willis (knee), but James Maddison is close to a return after being sidelined with an ankle injury since August.
City are waiting on John Fleck’s fitness after sitting out Tuesday night’s match at Bradford with a tight hamstring, leaving Gael Bigirimana on standby to fill in again for the Scot who has been a mainstay of the team. Joe Cole will miss out again as he builds his fitness while James Maddison (ankle) and Jordan Willis (knee) remain sidelined.
Key midfielder John Fleck is expected to return after training this week, and he could replace Gael Bigirimana, who capably deputised in Tuesday's game at Bradford City as Fleck nursed a tight hamstring.
November 28, 2015
Williams - good test for Rovers
In-form striker Andy Williams thinks that this afternoon's game at League One leaders Coventry City will be a good test of how far Rovers have come since Darren Ferguson took over as manager earlier this month.
He told the Doncaster Free Press this week: "Right now it’s the toughest test you could get in League One. They’re top of the league and looking like a really good outfit. It’ll be a really good test for us to go there and see exactly where we are in terms of league standings. It’s important for us to put in a performance and hopefully we can get a result."
November 28, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Coventry City are:
Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistant referees: Stuart Butler and Christopher Pollard
Fourth official: Alan Clayton
November 28, 2015
Ferguson - confidence high for Rovers
Doncaster Rovers go in to today's challenging game at Coventry City full of confidence, with victories in four of their last five games, and just the disappointing result at home to Rochdale blotting their copybook.
He told the Doncaster Star after Tuesday's win over Chesterfield: "I thought it was a good performance, and it was good to get another clean sheet. If anything it makes the result on Saturday [against Rochdale] a bit more annoying. If we’d picked a point up there we’d have kept the run going. But it’s four wins out of five now, three in four in the league, so hopefully Saturday was a blip."
"We just have to keep on going. It puts us in an even more positive frame of mind ahead of Coventry. We’re going there with a lot of confidence. It’ll be a tough game, they’re a good team. But at least we’re going there with that confidence of knowing we’re on a good run."
November 28, 2015
Chaplow injury blow
Midfielder Richard Chaplow is set for another month on the sidelines after finding that he has a tear in his Achilles tendon, which means it will be another three or four weeks before he can get back into training. That will mean that it will be touch and go as to whether he will be fit for the Christmas and New Year matches.
Boss Darren Ferguson revealed to the Yorkshire Post: "Richard Chaplow has had a bit of a setback so he’ll be out longer than anticipated. We sent him for another scan to get him an injection, but there is a bit of a tear in his Achilles that we didn’t pick up straight away. That could be another three or four weeks. It’s a bit of a disappointment for the boy."
November 27, 2015
Wellens moves out on loan
Midfielder Richie Wellens has joined Oldham Athletic on loan until 2nd January, it was announced yesterday afternoon.
Wellens has been out of the side in recent matches, and has had to settle for being an unused substitute, despite Darren Ferguson's insistence that his contribution both on and off the field is much valued by the club.
Earlier in the season, Wellens had been hoping to move to a club nearer to his Lancashire home with the aim of reducing his daily travelling time, with Wigan Athletic being the rumoured destination, but the proposed move fell through at the last minute.
Under the terms of his loan, Richie will not be allowed to play for Oldham when then host Rovers on 28th December, and is also not eligible for their FA Cup tie against Sheffield United on 5th December, as he is cup tied after playing in Rovers' first round tie against Stalybridge Celtic.
Oldham boss David Dunn commented: "I've known Richie for a number of years and the quality he will bring to us will be invaluable. First of all he is a leader, he's got a great character and will be a lift to the team and the supporters so I look forward to working with him."
November 27, 2015
Only limited car parking at the Ricoh tomorrow
Coventry City have warned that there will be only limited parking available at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon, due to "other events" at the Arena.
They have recommended either that you turn up early to ensure a place, or book on-line before the day of the game.
November 27, 2015
Thornton signs on for next season
Ex-Doncaster Rovers midfielder Sean Thornton is staying at Irish club Drogheda United next season, despite being put on the transfer list following Drogheda's relegation to Division On for the 2016 campaign.
However, new boss Pete Mahon has announced that Thornton is staying for at least another year.
He told LMFM: "The good news is that Sean Thornton is staying on with the club. I met Sean yesterday, had a very fruitful discussion with him, and I’m pleased to say he’s committed to Drogheda for another year, which is fantastic news. Sean is the face of Drogheda United in the town. It’s very important that we keep an identity with players from Drogheda and the surrounding areas, and not be looking to Dublin all the time, even if the bulk of players will come from Dublin."
Sean added: "I am delighted to commit my future to my hometown club for another season. To be relegated last year was devastating and I know how disappointed the supporters were."
He added: "From talking to (Drogheda manager) Pete [Mahon], I believe that there will be a different approach taken this year and I am looking forward and determined to get the club back into the top tier where it belongs."
November 27, 2015
Dino is new Sandgrounders boss
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Dino Maamria has been appointed as the new manager at National League strugglers Southport. He becomes their seventh manager in the last two and a half years, and replaces ex-Rover Paul Carden, who left his post "by mutual consent" earlier this month.
Maamria, now aged 44, told the club's web site: "I am aiming to build the club in the longer term and to take it to a better place. I want everyone to enjoy it and let's set off on an exciting journey. This club has tremendous potential - it is great to be back."
No manager has started a season at the club and still been there at the end of the campaign since Phil Watson did so in 2001.
The Tunisian footballer has had three spells playing for Southport FC, first joining in July 2000 and then again in July 2006 before signing for Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer in January 2007. However, he returned to Southport on loan two months later.
November 27, 2015
Norbury quits at Glasshoughton
Ex-Rovers striker Micky Norbury has resigned as manager of NCEL Division One side Glasshoughton Welfare, it was announced on Monday.
He made the decision after their loss to Winterton Rangers last weekend, with a statement from the club explaining: "Despite trying to stay positive after his team lost 3-1 to Winterton Rangers on Saturday, Norbury took the decision to call time on his tenure in a phone call to chairman Jon Miles on Sunday morning. In total, Norbury oversaw a total of 24 competitive games for the Leeds Road outfit, winning only four and drawing five. The club would like to put on record their thanks to Norbury for his efforts during the past six months."
November 27, 2015
Voting results v Chesterfield
We received nominations for eight different players in the "Man of the Match" voting for Tuesday's home game against Chesterfield. New loan signing Felipe Mattioni was the narrow winner, coming just ahead of veteran midfielder James Coppinger.
The players to receive the most votes were:
1 Felipe Mattioni (26.67%)
2 James Coppinger (24.44%)
3 Cedric Evina (17.78%)
4 Andy Butler (11.11%)
Thank you to everyone who voted - the next poll will open after tomorrow's away game at Coventry City.
November 26, 2015
Ferguson after for loan moves
Boss Darren Ferguson is hoping to add a further loan signing to the Rovers squad ahead of this week's 'loan deadline' following the injury to striker Keshi Anderson at the weekend.
With several players still on the injury list, supplementing the squad ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period will help Rovers continue their improvement in results.
While he is looking for someone to come in on loan, Ferguson is not finding it easy, telling the Doncaster Free Press: "I made one or two phone calls on Monday but unfortunately the clubs are not willing to let the players out that I wanted. You just have to keep going. We’ve got to make sure it’s the right one. We weren’t expecting this to happen but we’ve always been prepared in that we’ve got our targets for certain positions. It might be the case that no one comes in. And by the time we get to Saturday, you’d hope that one or two players might be back anyway."
This week's deadline might not be the end of new faces at the club, with Ferguson also confirming that he is scouring the list of free agents, who will be able to join the club at any time, with no restriction on when they can be signed.
He added: "It gives me more scope and time to have a look at them. Rather than putting them on permanent contracts and there’s no other clubs to deal with. There’s one or two that I’ve worked with before that are options. There’s a possibility of adding one that’s on loan and one that’s out of contract. I’d have to look and weigh that up."
November 26, 2015
Reserve team game moved
The Final Third Development League game at home to Rotherham United, due to be played on 2nd December, has been postponed.
Rotherham are involved in an FA Youth Cup Third Round game against Tottenham Hotspur on that day.
The game against the Millers will now be played on Wednesday, 16th December, with the kick-off remaining at 1pm.
November 26, 2015
McIntyre joins Connah's Quay
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Kevin McIntyre has been appointed as a player/coach at Welsh Premier League club Gap Connah's Quay. McIntyre holds a UEFA 'B' Licence, and has now joined the coaching ranks at the Deeside Stadium.
Connah's Quay director Andy Morrison commented: "I’m absolutely delighted to have Kevin as part of our coaching team. The standards he shows in the way he trains and his professionalism will make his transition from player to coach an easy one."
McIntyre has played for Chester City, Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Rochdale and Nomads since leaving Doncaster Rovers, and started his career with Tranmere Rovers, playing more than 400 games during his career.
November 26, 2015
Tyson praise for Williams
Rovers striker Nathan Tyson has praised the contribution of fellow striker Andy Williams, and thinks that, as long as the front men continue to get the service they need, it should be a prolific season for the pair.
He told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "He’s worked so hard. I think when he first came you could tell the pressure was there because of what he did last season. We see what he’s got in training. He was scoring but it wasn’t happening on a Saturday on the pitch."
"I don’t know if off the field stuff was affecting him. He’s a fantastic lad. I respect him highly and I like him very, very much. It’s good to see him getting the goals in. Someone has got to do it and I’m happy for him to do it."
He continued: "It all comes down to service at the end of the day. If we are getting in the right positions and the balls aren’t coming in to us, we’re the one who still take the flack for it anyway. It’s fantastic he’s out there scoring. Hopefully I can get my chances. I’ve had chances but hopefully I can start putting them away."
November 25, 2015
Rovers 3 Chesterfield 0
Doncaster Rovers got back into winning ways last night with three goals in the last half an hour of the match undoing Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders' plans to get one over on his former employers. Two goals in an eight minute spell, by Nathan Tyson and Andy Williams, did the damage, with Cameron Stewart getting an injury-time third goal - the first time Rovers have hit three at home this season.
As expected, the Rovers bench had an inexperienced look to it, with just Richie Wellens and Cameron Stewart regular first teamers included, along with regular bench keeper Marko Marosi.
The first half was disappointing for both sides, but the half time break benefited Rovers, who put the pressure on after the break. It appeared that Chesterfield had taken note that Rochdale beat Rovers at the weekend by counter-attacking, and set themselves up to do the same, but it failed to work, as Rovers were equally determined not to fall for the same trick in successive games.
Rovers improved as the game went on, and were well deserved winners.
Rovers' first goal came in the 62nd minute, when Daniel Jones handled the ball in the penalty area. Tyson's spot kick was saved at full stretch by Lee, but was quickest to react to slot the rebound home before anyone else could get there.
Chesterfield made a triple substitution, but while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Ollie Banks went close, Rovers doubled their lead just eight minutes later, as Williams combined well with Evina to fire home with a great left-footed shot. Williams should have got a second goal when deflecting Stewart's shot wide, but the third goal for Rovers eventually came in stoppage time when Cameron Stewart took the ball off Ian Evatt to drill a shot past the keeper.
That makes it four wins in the last five games for Rovers - if this is 'work in progress', then good times should be ahead!
November 25, 2015
What the managers said
A rather delighted Darren Ferguson spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield after last night's game, and was quick to credit his players for keeping to the team instructions given to them.
He started by saying: "It was a great way to bounce back. Saturday was a disappointing result. We wanted six points from these two home games so if you lose the first, you’ve got to make sure you win the second. I thought they [Chesterfield] started well but after that I thought we were dominant and played really well. I thought we could have had more than three."
"What we worked on we did well. We pressed them high, we didn’t give them time on the ball and we used our wing backs well. They took on the information we gave them on Monday really well - so credit to the lads for that. I just said to them at half time we needed a bit more quality in the last third. We were slowing it down for some reason."
"So I felt tactically the players were good tonight. I thought we had a performance of real energy. We looked good at times, really good. I was very pleased with them."
A rather disappointed Dean Saunders rued the missed chances in last night's game, commenting: "We have got to do better than that. We missed too many opportunities and then we gave a penalty away. Dan's [Jones] given it away with a handball, which he shouldn't have done, but we had opportunities in the first half. Dan Gardner's had an open goal, side-footed it wide, and then Jay O'Shea missed an open goal. That's two clear-cut chances we missed."
"We felt quite comfortable at half-time and I felt it was just a matter of time before we got on top and they've come out, hustling and bustling and pressing us, but we failed to take another couple of chances and they go and get a penalty. We didn't even follow in for the penalty, which was disappointing, and then they scored a second which meant we were behind the eight-ball. We have let eight goals in in three games now and we seem to be getting punished for everything at the moment. There will be changes for Saturday."
November 25, 2015
Goals update
There are just two instances of ex-Rovers players scoring goals today - we begin in League One, where Byron Webster scored for the second game in succession, but his 94th minute goal was to no avail, as Millwall went down to a 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town.
In the National League South, James Hayter came on as a substitute for Havant & Waterlooville and scored an 88th minute goal, but it was too little, too late, as the Hawks went down to a 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Weston Super Mare.
November 25, 2015
Cambridge ticket information
Tickets for Doncaster Rovers' FA Cup game at Cambridge United on Sunday, 6th December are now on sale to season ticket holders, members and multi-game ticket holders, with any remaining tickets going on general sale next Monday (30th November)
Tickets for the game are as follows:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (63+) £15 - Young Adults (18-21) £15 - Students (full time) £15 - Under 18s £10 - Under 5's Free
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, but their carers, if required, can be admitted free of charge.
Please note that ticket prices in all categories will rise by £2 if bought on the day of the game.
November 24, 2015
Rovers v Chesterfield
An injury hit Doncaster Rovers squad will face Chesterfield this evening, with former Rovers boss Dean Saunders returning to the Keepmoat Stadium with the visitors.
In addition to those absent for Saturday's home game against Chesterfield - Paul Keegan, Rob Jones, Richard Chaplow, Gary MacKenzie, Mitchell Lund, Luke McCullough and Curtis Main - it now appears that Harry Forrester and Dany N'Guessan are unlikely to play this evening. Forrester is suffering from the illness bug that has gone through the Rovers squad recently, while N'Guessan has strained a hamstring in training. Rovers are hoping that Richie Wellens will have recovered from the illness that made him unavailable on Saturday.
Striker Keshi Anderson will miss the game as a consequence of Saturday's injury, in which he is confirmed as having dislocated his ankle, which effectively ends his loan spell at the club.
Due to all the injuries, Rovers have recalled young defender Paul McKay from his loan at Gainsborough Trinity, and he could be included in the squad.
As a result, boss Darren Ferguson has admitted that Rovers is likely to have "a young substitutes' bench" tonight.
Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders welcomes back Mani Dieseruvwe to the squad after missing Saturday's game through illness, but they will still be without long term absentee Angel Martinez.
Saunders is expected to make changes after the Spireites have lost the last two games.
He is looking forward to his return to the Keepmoat Stadium, commenting: "I enjoyed it there. I left on good terms, we were top of the league and flying. But that doesn’t mean anything. I’m Chesterfield manager and we’re going there for the points. It’ll be nice to see everyone. The owners were good to me, the fans were good to me and there are some players there that I worked with who are still there. It’s a great place. I loved it in Doncaster and I’m looking forward to going back."
Saunders added: "They’ve got a lot of good players who have played in the league above. We’ve got a few from higher up but not as many. We’re going to have to play well to win. I know Darren and he gets his teams playing attractive, attacking football. We know what their strengths and weaknesses are and I’ll have to pick the right team now to try and hurt them."
November 24, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Chesterfield are:
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant referees: Adrian Holmes and Michael McDonough
Fourth official: James Adcock
November 24, 2015
Anderson dislocates ankle
On-loan striker Keshi Anderson has not broken his leg, as was feared immediately after Saturday's game - but the fact that he has dislocated his ankle means that he could be out for longer than if it had been a clean break, as ligaments and muscles also have to recover.
As a result, he will be returning to Crystal Palace to recover, which means that Anderson's loan at Doncaster Rovers is now over.
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: “We weren’t expecting this to happen but we’ve always been prepared in the sense that we have our targets anyway for certain positions. We’ve got to make sure that it’s the right one. Keshi will go back to Crystal Palace now so that leaves us with the four loan players, so possibly we can bring another one in. There’s clubs that bring seven or eight in, which is obviously their prerogative, but you can only play five at one time."
"He’s a good lad and you don’t wish to see an injury like that to any of your players. Watching it back it did clearly upset quite a few of my players. He’s a lovely boy who was very down understandably. He’s young; he’ll recover from that no problem. They had to put it back in place and he’s had to go back, we wish him all the best. They’ll give him the treatment that he needs and we wish him well."
It may not be the last that Rovers fans have seen of the 20 year old, with Ferguson revealing: "First and foremost, all your thoughts are on the boy and you just want him to make a speedy recovery. I'm sure he'll be fine and I'd like to work with him again."
November 24, 2015
Rovers recall McKay
Doncaster Rovers have recalled young defender Paul McKay from his loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity due to the number of injuries affecting players at the club.
Rovers have exercised the option to recall the player after he has made just two appearances for Trinity, where the youngster is said to have 'excelled'.
With a number of defenders at Rovers presently injured, he is likely to be included in the match day squad for tonight's game against Chesterfield.
November 24, 2015
Voting results v Rochdale
There were nominations for just four players in the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Rochdale.
Cedric Evina was the clear winner, gaining over half of all votes cast.
The players to receive the most votes were:
1 Cedric Evina (57.69%)
2 Craig Alcock (20.83%)
3 Conor Grant (13.04%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote; we hope that you will all vote for the "Man of the Match" in this evening's home game against Chesterfield.
November 23, 2015
Anderson leg break fear
It looks as though Crystal Palace Keshi Anderson's loan spell at Doncaster Rovers has come to an abrupt end with the fear that he has broken his leg while playing in Saturday's home defeat against Rochdale.
Keshi was carried off the field on a stretcher with his leg in a brace and left the ground to go to hospital. He is due to have a scan soon, but there is a fear that a break will be confirmed. With his loan due to run until early January, such news would effectively end his loan at Rovers, as any recovery period would obviously go beyond that date.
It is a blow for both player and Rovers, as he has impressed during his short time at the club, which has given him his first taste of first team football.
Boss Darren Ferguson commented on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday evening: "We think he has broken his leg. We are not absolutely certain but it looks that way. He signalled straight away and it is a real shame for the boy. He is a lovely lad and to have such a serious injury. He is currently in hospital."
Keshi tweeted from his hospital bed: "Thanks for the messages, find out the full extent of the injury in coming days, but I’ll be back better & stronger."
November 23, 2015
Ferguson ponders loan move
With striker Keshi Anderson's injury effectively ending his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, boss Darren Ferguson is looking at the possibility of bringing in another loan player ahead of this Wednesday's "loan deadline".
While clubs can have more than five loan players on their books, only five can be used in any game, but Rovers do have an injury list that leaves Ferguson a little short on options.
Richie Wellens, Luke McCullough, Rob Jones, Gary MacKenzie, Mitchell Lund, Paul Keegan, Richard Chaplow and Curtis Main were all absent on Saturday due to either injury or illness, with Anderson now being added to that list.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Keshi will go back to Crystal Palace now so that leaves us with the four loan players, so possibly we can bring another one in. There’s clubs that bring seven or eight in, which is obviously their prerogative, but you can only play five at one time. I think we’re a bit light, when you think of the bodies missing. Although I think it was said last week that we had a really strong bench."
"We’ll have a look at it. A bit of thinking will be done on that one. We’ll maybe do it, we’ll maybe not. We’ll see."
Wellens is likely to return for tomorrow's game against Chesterfield after suffering from a sickness bug that has recently affected the squad, but Luke McCullough is unlikely to feature after coming back from international duty with a knock.
November 23, 2015
Burton Albion 1 Youth Team 1
The Rovers' youth team were held to a draw at Burton Albion on Saturday, although they were made to battle hard after conceding a second minute goal, with a corner evading everyone except for Burton's Jack O'Brien, who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.
Rovers pushed forward and began to dominate the possession, and missed an ideal opportunity just before half time, but Greasley just could not reach a dangerous ball across the goal mouth.
The equaliser eventually came just after an hour's play, with a ball into the penalty are not cleared by Burton, with Will Longbottom curling the ball into the top corner of the net.
The woodwork denied Rovers a winning goal in the 78th minute - but Jones in the Rovers goal was called into action to deny Burton a late winner, pulling off a great save to deny Cameron Shaw.
Burton Albion: Hornby, Cotterill, Hutchinson, Fox, Gatter (C), O’Brien, Sejpic, Hammerton (Shaw 72’) Dinanga, Srarra, Garnett
Substitutes not used: Troke, Walker, Hunt, Smith
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Greasley, Barker, Williamson (Pugh 45’), Mbuti, Fielding, Parkin (Walker 67’), Linley (C), Trailist, Trialist (Henderson 65’), Longbottom
Substitutes not used: Gains
November 23, 2015
Coventry tickets on sale
Tickets for Saturday's away game at Coventry City are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have been given an initial allocation of 907 tickets for the game, which have been on sale to season ticket holders, Alliance members and multi-game holders for the last week.
Ticket prices for the allocated seating are:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (60+) £17 - Young adults (18-21) £13 - Juniors (12-16) £8 - Juniors (U12) £5
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but their carer, if required, can be admitted free of charge.
Tickets remain on sale until noon on Friday.
November 23, 2015
Steer returns to Villa
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Jed Steer has returned to Aston Villa after two months on loan at Huddersfield Town.
New Huddersfield head coach David Wagner took Steer, along with the other keepers on the books - Joe Murphy and Lloyd Allinson, on their training camp to Spain last week, and has opted not to ask for an extension of Steer's loan.
Wagner explained to the Huddersfield Examiner: "Jed came with us to Spain and is clearly a good goalkeeper. But now that our goalkeeper Joe Murphy is fit, he will be the first choice. Jed’s return to Aston Villa also gives us the potential to use another loan if I decide we need to."
November 22, 2015
Rovers 0 Rochdale 2
Two goals in the last ten minutes of yesterday's game consigned Rovers to defeat against a Rochdale side that rarely threatened the home defence in the first half, but succeeded in keeping the Rovers attack at bay.
Although Rochdale started the better, it was Rovers who had the first scoring chance, with Evina's shot hitting the outside of the post. Rovers started to control the game, with Conor Grant and Andy Williams going close, with the visitors having to attack on the break.
The half time break was more beneficial for Rochdale than Rovers, and they had the better of the second half, with Stuckmann having to pull of a good save to deny McDermott, with Evina doing well to block an attempt by Bunney. The main concern for Rovers was the stretchering off of on-loan striker Kashmir Anderson, who is feared to have broken his leg, and left the field with his leg in a brace. But it was from a Rovers attack that Rochdale took the lead - Coppinger's shot was blocked at one end, with Rochdale breaking away, with Camps passing to Henderson, whose curling shot was outside Stuckmann's reach. The second goal came deep into injury time with McDermott breaking clear, and although Stuckmann denied him, the ball was squared for Henderson to tap the ball home from close range.
November 22, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson was a disappointed man after yesterday's home defeat to Rochdale, but he wondered whether the injury to Kashmir Anderson in the second half may have affected the players. Anderson was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg, but Ferguson refused to accept that this was a good enough excuse for the defeat.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "We were a bit flat at times. We didn’t have that cutting edge that we have had. We were quite dominant in the first half and their threat came from the counter attack. We spoke about pressing better so they can’t get that ball forward. It looked like it was going to be 0-0. You need someone to come up with a bit of magic and unfortunately it was them and not us."
"The second goal was just a poor mistake from H [Harry Middleton]. He’s young, he’ll have to get over that. I do think the injury to Kashmir had an impact on the players. I’am not making any excuses because I don’t. But I think visibly my players were quite upset with it because they could see the boy had a really bad injury. We’d got him on for a bit of a spark and he looked like he was causing them problems. It’s a real shame for the boy, it looks like he’s broken his leg. I don’t think there was anyone near him, but that can happen. He’s gone to hospital. We set out to win every game but sometimes, if the edge is missing, you have to make sure you don’t lose it. Unfortunately we got done on the counter. Credit to them, it was a good goal."
Rochdale boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester: "It's a perfect result, I wouldn't say it was a perfect performance over 90 minutes. There was perfection within that performance but the end result is really important for us. I think there were a few questioning our ability this season."
November 22, 2015
Goals review
There seem to have been remarkably few former Rovers players scoring goals this weekend - the only one in the Football League that we spotted was in League One, where Byron Webster scored an 81st minute goal for Millwall in their 4-1 home win over Colchester United. Millwall are now two points adrift of the play-off places with a game in hand.
Canadian international striker Iain Hume scored again for Athletic de Kola in the Indian Super League, which proved to be the winning goal of their game against Schematizing FC, which they won 2-1, which lifts Kola into second place in the league table.
November 22, 2015
Ne ill keeps quiet
Ex-Rovers defender Lucas Ne ill has been keeping out of the public eye, and is refusing all requests for interviews.
Ne ill has turned down all requests since being controversially left out of Australia's 2014 World Cup squad. He was reported as being upset about his omission from the squad, as well as from the treatment he received from fans at the FFA at the time.
A "close contact" of the Australian international told Sport al: "Lucas has not done an interview in years and I am not exactly sure where he is up to with all that. Unfortunately that is all I can I can do at this stage. I hope you understand."
Their request for an interview was "politely declined".
November 21, 2015
Rovers v Rochdale
Doncaster Rovers will be without a number of players for this afternoon's game against Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium, with four missing due to injuries.
Gary MacKenzie has missed the last few matches with a thigh injury, and Curtis Main is struggling with an ongoing back problem. Paul Keegan has resumed training after recovering from a knee injury, but is not ready for today's game. Richard Chaplow has an Achilles tendon tear that will keep him out for up to four weeks.
In addition, young defender Mitchell Lund is a doubt with a shoulder injury - but Rovers will welcome back Luke McCullough, who has returned after being on international duty last weekend with the Northern Ireland Under-21 team. Loanee Craig Alcock could make his first start for Rovers if Lund fails to make it.
Rochdale have signed Portuguese under-21 international goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira on loan from Manchester United until 3rd January, and he goes straight into their squad for today's game. Striker Reuben Noble-Lazarus has a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the game, as is Joe Rafferty, but midfielder Matty Lund could return after a thigh injury forced his substitution in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Morecambe eleven days ago. Midfielder Jamie Allen could also return; he has resumed training but missed last weekend's game at Wigan as he had not fully recovered from a 'dead leg'.
November 21, 2015
Ferguson happy with progress
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is happy with the progress that his Doncaster Rovers players are making, which has led to a big improvement over the last few weeks.
He is urging them to now achieve a level of consistency which was typified in last week's game at Blackpool, and he thinks that they need to continue putting the hard work in on the training ground.
He told the Doncaster Star: "As long as we get the same attitude and mentality we had at Blackpool, we’ll be right. That game was a real test for the players. It was wet, windy and horrible. People probably thought we’d get beat because we’ve been inconsistent, but we’re showing a bit of consistency. I feel we’ve got a bit more of a cutting edge about us now."
"I think we’re playing with that bit more energy in the team and definitely more confidence, but we’ve got to keep getting into them. The one thing that stood out for me was the desire to win the game. Not in every game are we going to play well or it go exactly as we want it to. But we can still win it. It’s important to hammer into the players that the teams with the most desire, who can grind out wins, are generally more successful."
November 21, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Rochdale are:
Referee: Kevin Wright
Assistant referees: Amy Fearn & Wayne Grunnill
Fourth official: Robert Atkin
November 21, 2015
Legends on display this afternoon
A number of Doncaster Rovers legends will be presented to the crowd ahead of this afternoon's home game against Rochdale, and those in the "Legends Club" hospitality area in the East Stand will be have the opportunity to talk to them before and after the game.
Those expected to attend are Peter Kitchen, Colin Douglas, Colin Cramb, Barry Miller, Laurie Sheffield, John Buckley, Dave Penney, Simon Marples, Jason Price and John Fairhurst.
November 21, 2015
Kitchen back for book signing
Rovers legend Peter Kitchen will be back in Doncaster this afternoon, and he will be signing his book "The Goal Gourmet" in the club's shop before the game. Peter will be in the shop from noon to talk to supporters as well as to sign his book.
"The Goal Gourmet" has been reprinted and updated, to reflect recent events at his former clubs Rovers and Leyton Orient.
Kitchen scored 105 goals in 256 games during a seven year stay at Rovers, and was a firm supporters favourite at the time, as well as going on to become a club legend even though he left Rovers in 1977.
As well as being available in the club shop, "The Goal Gourmet" is also on sale on-line at for £14.99
November 18, 2015
Carlisle United 1 Youth Team 0
Yesterday's game in the FA Youth Cup went ahead as planned yesterday evening after absolutely incredible efforts from Carlisle United and the Environment Agency, with the Brunton Park pitch being up to a foot underwater on Monday morning after two nearby rivers burst their banks. But the pitch was pumped clear by Monday evening, meaning there was still time for the club staff to prepare the pitch in time for the game.
Rovers were eventually defeated in extra time, with the 90 minutes ending goalless, despite some feisty challenges from both sides showing that they were both determined to win the game.
Rovers thought they had scored in the first half, only for an off-side flag to deny Joe Pugh, and Mbuti's header from a free kick just missed the target.
The Rovers goalkeeper, Jones, had to be in top form in the second halt to deny Salkeld and Hall. After the game ended goalless, extra time saw Jones beaten from the penalty spot after Carberry was judged to have tripped Bradbury, with Carl Taylor smashing home the spot kick to give Carlisle victory and progress through to the third round.
Carlisle United: Bacon, Hurley, Pearson (McCue 120’), Quigley, Douglas (C), Robson, Salkeld (Brown 77’), Egan (Hall 70’), Holt, Taylor, Bradbury
Unused substitutes: Williams, Breen
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Greasley, Carberry (Walker 111’), Williamson, Mbuti, Parkin, Linley (C), Pugh, Barker, Gains (Henderson 84’), Longbottom
Substitutes: Fielding, Sampson, Sims
November 18, 2015
Tyson plays down top six chances
Striker Nathan Tyson has played down talk of a challenge for a play-off place, despite four wins from Darren Ferguson's six games in charge lifting Doncaster Rovers out of the relegation places.
There are still two thirds of the season to go, so there is every chance of Rovers to climb further, but Nathan was insistent that Rovers need to put distance between them and the bottom four before they can entertain ideas of promotion.
He told the Doncaster Star: "I think we need to take it one step at a time and be real about where we are in the league. We’ve got to build some momentum and stay unbeaten for as long as we possibly can. As far as I’m concerned, we can’t talk about anything else until we get ourselves out of the sticky situation we’re in at the moment."
November 18, 2015
Rovers defender in Team of the Week
Doncaster Rovers defender has been named in the Football League Team of the Week after scoring in Rovers' 2-0 win at Blackpool on Saturday. He becomes the first Rovers player to be selected, and shows the progress that the team have made in recent weeks.
The citation from the Football League's web site for his inclusion reads: "Taylor-Sinclair was among the goals as Doncaster recorded a third consecutive 2-0 win, a victory which sees them up to 16th in Sky Bet League 1. Alongside scoring the second goal, the 24-year-old defended stoutly as Rovers recorded their second away win of the season, and just their second ever victory at Bloomfield Road."
The full team named by the Football League is: Jak Alnwick (Port Vale), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers), Rod McDonald (Northampton Town), John Egan (Gillingham), Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon), Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic), Jake Gray (Hartlepool United), Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town), Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle), Jacob Murphy (Coventry City), Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)
Manager: Martin Ling (Swindon Town)
November 18, 2015
Carden leaves Southport
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Carden has left Southport "by mutual consent" after their 4-0 home defeat to Cheltenham Town in the National League on Saturday - their third 4-0 home loss this season.
The 36 year old had signed a new deal in May after successfully guiding Southport away from relegation, but his efforts this season have been less successful, with the club presently 22nd in the table and five points from safety.
Carden was promoted from his position of Assistant Manager following Gary Brabin's departure to Everton.
A statement issued by Southport reads: "The Southport board would like to thank Paul for all his professionalism, efforts and dedication to the job and wish him well in his future football career. Results this season just have not been achieved despite Paul working very hard putting together a talented squad of players."
His career started at Blackpool and took in Rochdale, Doncaster Rovers, Peterborough United, Burton Albion, Accrington Stanley, Cambridge United, Luton Town and Chester City.
November 17, 2015
Youth Team 1 Grimsby Town 1
A last minute goal denied the youth team all three points on Saturday. They had taken the lead in the tenth minute, when Matthew Gains took full advantage of his chance, which came after a long ball over the top of the Grimsby defence found Reece Fielding, who passed the ball out to Matty Parkin, whose cross was met by Michael Carberry, with Gains having the simple chance of tapping the ball into the net.
Rovers would have doubled their lead within the next ten minutes, but Williamson's header was off target. In a first half where Rovers had the upper hand, it took until the 30th minute for Grimsby to have their first chance, with keeper Louis Jones comfortably saving the shot.
It got more difficult for Rovers in the second half when Michael Carberry was sent off, but even so, Rovers continued to hold firm and it took nearly 20 minutes after Carberry's dismissal for Grimsby to have another meaningful shot.
But then Grimsby skipper Jennings took the ball all the way from his own half to cut inside and unleash an unstoppable shot past Jones in the Rovers goal to give Grimsby a last gasp equaliser.
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Barker, Carberry, Williamson (Greasley 46'), Mbuti, Fielding, Parkin, Linley (C), Gains (Henderson 65') Longbottom, Walker (Sims 77')
Unused substitutes: Sampson and Enock
Grimsby Town: Heath-Drury, Finnegan (Pearson 65') Middleton, Sawyer, Crowther, Hough, Wright, Phillips, Cawcett (Loft 75'), Jennings (C), Sibbick.
Unused substitutes: Lawis, Aldrich, Lawhan
November 17, 2015
Carlisle hope cup game will go ahead despite floods
Carlisle United were still hopeful that today's FA Youth Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers will go ahead as scheduled, despite the nearby River Petterill bursting its banks and flooding Brunton Park.
Cumbria has seen some very heavy rain over the weekend, with downpours in some areas dumping as much as ten inches of rain, but United officials are still expecting the water to recede in time for the game.
The Environment Agency have been at the ground helping to remove the water.
Carlisle United's media officer, Andy Hall, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "Knowing the ground the way we do and the surface, if we can get rid of this water we'll be OK. We're looking at six to 12 inches of water at its deepest towards the Waterworks End, just beyond the halfway line."
November 17, 2015
Tyson - Rovers paid for delay in getting new boss
Striker Nathan Tyson has admitted that the long period it took for Rovers to appoint Darren Ferguson as their new manager took its toll on the players, with the 35 day period from Paul Dickov's departure to Ferguson's arrival being a difficult time for the players, as they they did not know what was happening.
As he told the doncaster Free Press last week: "I think it did take a toll on them because they just didn't know. Every day it was like, 'this person has been linked to the job, I don't want that person and I'd like that person.' It was getting a bit of a circus act to be honest."
"That's no disrespect to the owners. I just wish they could have done it sooner. But you know they've got lots of talks, finances and things like that to go through. Respect for them for that. I'm just glad it was done and I feel like we've got the right man for the job."
But now that Ferguson has arrived, Nathan is full of praise for the way the atmosphere at the club has improved, adding: "It's about getting into the routine of how the gaffer wants things to be done. Everyone is taking that on board and everyone is positive about it. It's about adjusting to the change. Now he's here, it's about instilling in us what he wants quickly but efficiently as possible. That's what I feel is happening right now and it's being drilled into us the way he plays and does things."
November 17, 2015
Clingan still hopes for Euro place
Ex-Doncaster Rovers midfielder Sammy Clingan still has the ambition to win a place in the Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France, despite having to overcome a knee injury, and then find himself a club soon enough to have the time to impress the Northern Ireland management.
The former Rovers, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Kilmarnock midfielder has been without a club since leaving Kilmarnock at the end of last season, where he had been for 18 months since leaving Rovers in January 2013.
November 17, 2015
Coventry ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Coventry City on Saturday, 28th November went on sale to season ticket holders, Alliance members and multi-game ticket holders yesterday.
Any tickets in the 907 allocation remaining unsold next Monday (23rd November) will go on general sale, and remain on sale until either they are sold out or noon on Friday, 27th November.
Ticket prices for the allocated seating are:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (60+) £17 - Young adults (18-21) £13 - Juniors (12-16) £8 - Juniors (U12) £5
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but their carer, if required, can be admitted free of charge.
November 17, 2015
Voting results v Blackpool
On-loan midfielder Conor Grant won his first "Man of the Match" for his performance in Saturday's away game at Blackpool. He gained a third of the votes received, with nominations for seven different players being made.
The players to receive the most votes were:
1 Conor Grant (33.3%)
2 Andy Williams (16.67%)
3 Harry Middleton (15.38%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. The next voting will open following Saturday's home game against Rochdale.
November 16, 2015
Travel information to Coventry
The Rovers' Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Coventry City, which is on Saturday, 28th November.
Coaches leave Retford at 10.45am, Harworth 10.50am, Bawtry 11.00am, Rossington 11.00am, Hare & Tortoise 11.05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 11.15am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 11.30am.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £14 - OAPs £13 - Under 16s £11
Non-members: Adults £16 - OAPs £15 - Under 16s £14
Places on the coaches can be booked after 6pm with Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) or Len South (01302 817347) by the Wednesday evening before the game.
November 16, 2015
Ferguson eager to raise standards
Boss Darren Ferguson has identified that there are still a number of changes that need to be made at Doncaster Rovers, both on and off the field. Despite winning four of his six matches in charge, Ferguson continues to insist that Rovers are "work in progress", with the footballing side not matching the standards set by other club operations away from the pitch.
While the club's policy in the summer was to avoid loans unless absolutely necessary, Ferguson has utilised loans to the full, with the club now having five players on a short term basis. But that was necessary to change things around quickly, says Ferguson.
He told the Doncaster Star last week: "There’s things I need to change and things that need changing quickly. This is no disrespect to anyone and I’m not having a go at anyone individually, but I think there’s been a lethargic feel around the place that has got to change."
"Standards have got to go up all the way through the football club. There’s things I’ve seen that I don’t like and I’m going to change them. It’s going to take time to change certain things. But generally, you can’t be happier than picking up your first two wins at home and two clean sheets."
Even though he is looking to improve and strengthen, he is full of praise for the efforts of the players already at the club, adding: "We’re no where near where we need to be but I don’t mean that as a criticism because in the short time I’ve been here the players have been fantastic. They’ve been outstanding at times in training but we need to get that onto the pitch on a Saturday. They are taking on board stuff we are doing. When we went through the Colchester game you could see there was a lot of stuff that we were doing in training that we did well on the pitch. Consistency is the key, in performances and mainly in results. It’s the one thing we haven’t had and that’s the aim."
November 16, 2015
Cotterill out for a month
Former Rovers winger David Cotterill will be out of action for a month after suffering a knee injury while playing for Birmingham City against Blackburn Rovers earlier this month. The injury also means that he has had to pull out of the Welsh squad for matches this weekend.
It is the second successive set of internationals that he has missed due to injury, but club boss Gary Rowett in particular will miss his contribution, telling the club's web site: "He's our best crosser of the ball and by far the best deliverer of the ball at set pieces and we will certainly miss him. He got through the game fine and came in the next day and his knee was swollen. He couldn't remember an incident and sometimes those are the worrying ones because you think what is it then?"
Once the swelling has gone down, David will see a specialist before finding out whether surgery is required - if that were the case, a longer period in the treatment room may be necessary.
November 16, 2015
Harry will have to wait for chance
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has warned midfielder Harry Forrester that he will have to work hard and be patient before getting his chance in the first team. Harry has had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench, often as an unused player, since Ferguson has arrived, and that is not likely to change any time soon.
Much of the problem is that he does not really fit in to the formation that Ferguson has been using so far - but that does not mean that the Rovers boss does not recognise his talents.
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: “We have had a good chat. Harry’s got some ability and every manager and person who has watched him would say the same thing. In this system we are playing, it probably isn’t an ideal one because he is predominantly a wide player who can play as a ‘10’. But he has to understand we are doing it for the right reasons and he has to grasp where we are at with it. But a lot of what he does, I really like."
"One thing he should be thinking is that he’s out of contract in the summer and isn’t playing enough football. That is something I have to look at as well. I understand his situation and I have simply told him to get his head down and try and do his best to fit into this system."