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Three to Watch: Doncaster Rovers

24 January 2018

As Rovers travel to their nickname namesake Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon, we pick out three opposition players to watch out for.

Donny earned themselves promotion back to League One last year, after finishing 3rd and sealing automatic promotion.

They've been steady since their return to the third tier, and currently sit 11th, one point above Rovers having played a game more.

They're not in bad form either, with their last league loss coming on the 9th of December against Oxford United, and since then they've won three and drawn five, including impressive draws with promotion chasers Shrewsbury on Saturday and Scunthorpe United yesterday.

Rovers hosted Doncaster just over a month ago, losing out 1-0 to a Niall Mason penalty.

John Marquis - Striker

Last season's League Two Player of the Year netted 26 league goals to help fire his side back to automatic promotion. Marquis also swept up the Player and Player's Player of the Season awards to round off a stellar campaign for the forward.

The 25-year old hasn't been quite as prolific so far this term, but still leads the club's scoring charts with seven goals.

Prior to his time with Doncaster, Marquis's only other permanent club was Millwall, where he rose through the academy to make his debut in 2009, coincidentally coming on as a substitute against Bristol Rovers.

From 2010 to 2016 Marquis went on a remarkable nine loan spells, to Staines Town, Portsmouth, Torquay United, Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Leyton Orient and three times to Northampton Town.

James Coppinger - Midfielder

Highly regarded as a club legend, skipper Coppinger has been at Doncaster since 2004 and has made over 550 appearances, and is also the only player in the club's history to pull the shirt on 500 times.

Coppinger was an integral part to the club's promotion last season, playing 39 games and chipping in a with a useful 10 goals from midfield.

This season he has also been a regular in the side, and has contributed four goals and two assists.

During his time at the Keepmoat Stadium, he has helped Donny to three promotions, including lifting the League One play-off trophy in 2008 and the League One title in 2013.

He also won the EFL Trophy with Doncaster in 2007 and has a Premier League appearance to his name, which he gained in 2000 whilst playing for Newcastle United in his younger days.

Benjamin Whiteman - Midfielder

Whiteman signed for Doncaster initially on loan from Sheffield United at the beginning of the season, but after impressing Darren Ferguson in the first half of the campaign, made his move to the Keepmoat Stadium permanent this month.

The 21-year old netted his first ever senior hat-trick, back in October last year against Southend United.

The youngster spent last season on loan at League Two outfit Mansfield Town, after spending much of his time in Sheffield with the under-21s.

The midfielder spent some of his youth career at Manchester United before moving onto Bramall Lane.

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Sweeney, Gaffney and Harrison on Target as Rovers Defeat Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Bristol Rovers

27 January 2018

Ryan Sweeney, Rory Gaffney and Ellis Harrison provided the goals as Darrell Clarke's side came from behind to claim victory over Doncaster Rovers.

An early goal from striker John Marquis provided the home side with the perfect start to the encounter, as the towering forward converted a close-range finish inside the opening three minutes. 

Ryan Sweeney pulled the scored back level midway through the first-half, as the defender was in the right place at the right time to benefit from Liam Sercombe's cushioned header back across the face of the Doncaster goal, with Sweeney making no mistake to claim his fourth goal of the season.

A bright start to the second half led to Rory Gaffney thundering home from inside the Doncaster area just four minutes after the interval, as the striker kept his composure in a one-on-one situation with Lawlor to put Rovers ahead in the contest.

Doncaster came close to registering an equaliser, as Matty Blair blasted a close-range effort over the crossbar, which was quickly followed by John Marquis miscuing an effort inside the six-yard box that resulted in his attempt bouncing wide.

Ellis Harrison was found the net inside the final ten minutes, with a fine individual goal, as Darrell Clarke's side picked up the three points on offer at the Keepmoat.

Heading into the game, Manager Darrell Clarke was forced into making one change, as captain Tom Lockyer was forced out of the encounter due to injury. That led to a straight swap in the heart of the Rovers defence, as Ryan Sweeney was chosen to replace Lockyer. 

The change meant that there was room on the bench for Rollin Menayese, who signed a contract extension with the club earlier in the week.

The game was only three minutes old when the home side edged ahead. Striker John Marquis managed to burst to the near post to connect with a low cross from the right, poking a close-range finish beyond Adam Smith, who looked to have kept the ball out with a reaction save on the line, but Marquis' effort squeezed into the net.

Rovers had to be patient in their attempts to forge changes to get back into the game. A well-weighted corner to the near post by Chris Lines gave Ellis Harrison the opportunity to force a header towards goal, but the striker's powerful attempt flashed just wide of the target.

The visitors kept asking questions of the Doncaster back-four and again came close to returning balance the scoreline through Chris Lines. The move was started by a whipped free-kick into the Doncaster area by Joe Partington, which was only cleared as far as Lines, who was in the pocket of space outside the penalty area. Waiting patiently for the ball to drop, the midfielder sensed an opportunity to shoot towards goals and his effort was met by a diving save by Lawlor, who managed to deflect the shot around the post.

After coming close on several occasions, Darrell Clarke's side managed to break down the resilient Doncaster defence just after the twenty-minute mark. The home side failed to clear a cross into the area, which allowed Chris Lines to deliver a deep ball to the far-post that was directed back across goal by Liam Sercombe, which left Ryan Sweeney the simplest of tap-ins to level the scores.

Sweeney's goal signalled a spell of prolonged possession for Rovers, who came close to going ahead in a fine counter-attacking move, which began with a Stuart Sinclair showing good vision to pick out Ellis Harrison. The striker was able to knock the ball around an onrushing defender and advance deep down the left before firing a threatening cross into the area that narrowly bounced out of reach of Rory Gaffney.

Ahead of the interval, Doncaster had chances of their own, as both Tommy Rowe and Alfie Beestin had efforts from inside the box deflected away, as Ryan Sweeney and goalkeeper Smith kept their focus in the frenzy to ensure that the goalbound attempts didn't find the target.

Following the break and attacking the goal towards the vocal travelling support, Rovers started the half brightly. Ellis Harrison was able to control a ball forward and with a neat use of footwork was able to break into the Doncaster area. The striker was unable to open up a shooting opportunity but picked out a pass to Stuart Sinclair, who managed to drive an effort past Lawlor, but the effort was blocked on route to goal by Tommy Rowe.

Sinclair didn't have to wait long for another sight of goal, as the midfielder was able to latch onto a slack clearance and deliver a driven effort towards goal that forced Lawlor into making a diving save.

After the duo of chances from Sinclair, Rovers were ahead just four minutes after the break. The goal involved both strikers, as Ellis Harrison flicked a header into the path of Rory Gaffney inside the Doncaster area. Gaffney was unmarked and took full advantage of the opportunity, placing a powerful finish out of the reach of Lawlor to put Rovers ahead.  

There was an anxious moment for the visitors on the hour mark, as Doncaster found joy breaking down the left. Tommy Rowe managed to advance deep into the final third before firing a dangerous cross into the six-yard box that Matty Blair managed to lift over the crossbar from close-range, in what was a let-off for the visitors.

Blair's chance was quickly succeeded by goalscorer John Marquis breaking loose in the Rovers area. The striker managed to latch onto a loose ball inside the six-yard area but miscued his shot under pressure from the Rovers defence, which resulted in his scuffed shot bouncing wide of the target. 

Rollin Menayese and Lee Brown were introduced from the bench, as Rovers switched to a back five in order to keep the home-side from forcing a late equaliser, but were able to deal with the endeavours of the home side in the final stages of the encounter.

Ellis Harrison added the security of a third goal, as the striker raced in behind the Doncaster defence and produced a high-quality finish to top off the victory inside the final ten minutes, as Darrell Clarke's side claimed all three points on offer, extending the recent unbeaten run to six games.  

Rovers XI: Adam Smith, Joe Partington (63' Lee Brown), Ryan Sweeney, Tom Broadbent, Marc Bola, Chris Lines (67' Rollin Menayese), Ollie Clarke (c), Liam Sercombe, Stuart Sinclair, Rory Gaffney, Ellis Harrison (90+1' Tom Nichols).

Subs: Sam Slocombe, Rollin Menayese, Lee Brown, Dom Telford, Bernard Mensah, Byron Moore, Tom Nichols.

Doncaster Rovers XI: Ian Lawlor, Craig Alcock, Rodney Kongolo (74' Alfie May), John Marquis, Tommy Rowe, Ben Whiteman, Joe Wright (19' Niall Mason), Matty Blair, Tyler Garratt, Alfie Beestin, James Coppinger (c) (79' Liam Mandeville).

Marko Marosi, Liam Mandeville, Alfie May, Jordan Houghton, Niall Mason, Danny Amos, Reece Fielding.

Attendance: 8,021 (693 away)

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Pay On The Day Available at Doncaster

26 January 2018

Supporters will be able to pay on the day at the Keepmoat Stadium for Saturday's SkyBet League One encounter.

Advance tickets are no longer available from the Club's outlets, but can be purchased on the day of the game.

Fans can pay Card/Cash at the Doncaster Academy Office which is next to the Away turnstiles at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Club has sold over 350 advance tickets for the encounter.

For further ticket details, including tickets prices, please click HERE.

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