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Doncaster Rovers Vs Colchester United: Match Report

Far from a comfortable afternoon for Rovers, but Tommy Rowe’s deft finish makes it three wins in a row…

Fergie’s side maintained the division’s best home record with another win, giving us clear daylight above the Play Off places now. Leaders Plymouth are also now within touching distance after the 1-0 win, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the home side at the Keepmoat this time out.

Visitors Colchester made things very difficult indeed, stopping our usual free-flowing passing game with excellent pressing in the middle of the park. As a result of this, we struggled to carve out many clear opportunities, with only Rowe’s strike and a John Marquis effort cleared off the line really causing any real danger to Sam Walker’s goal.

Whilst we failed to get going for 90 minutes, Colchester found no way past Rovers’ shot-stopper Mark Marosi, growing into his role as #1 keeper with every game, who pulled off a string of fine saves to earn a deserved clean sheet and almost single-handedly win the three points. John McGreal’s side also saw one or two good chances fly past the post, and on another day could easily have come away with the win themselves.

Liam Mandeville once again stepped in up front, this time for the injured Andy Williams, but struggled to match his encouraging performance against Barnet and faded from the game. However, it was strike partner Marquis who squandered the chance to kill the game off after running clean through in the second half, only to take too long rounding the keeper and seeing his low effort cleared off the line by Richard Brindley.

Three wins in a row means we should be pretty pleased to be sat aloft in 2nd in League Two, but the struggles of the past two games show we must sharpen up and get back to our usual rhythm is we want to maintain this fine early season form.

Winners

Marko Marosi – The clear Man of the Match, Marosi showed that it can be as important having a top class keeper to win you games as it is a prolific striker. A succession of excellent saves kept Rovers ahead as Colchester threatened time after time, this was perhaps his finest showing to date.

Tommy Rowe – Despite being brought off early due to an injury, Rowe showed the composed quality needed to score just before half time with a cool finish over Sam Walker to win us the game, said quality further emphasised by John Marquis’ failure to do the same in the second half.

Mathieu Baudry – No one is pushing for a start more than the Frenchman now after another assured performance from the substitutes bench. Baudry looks calm, strong and skilled with the ball at his feet, and may well get his full league debut at Blackpool next Saturday.

Losers

Cedric Evina – The left back is going more into his shell every week, and will not want to remember his performance in this one. Simple mistakes littered his game here, and he failed to contribute enough at either end to really justify keeping his place ahead of Tyler Garratt.

Liam Mandeville – We should not expect too much too soon from the teenager, but this wasn’t the kind of performance we know we can see from Mandeville. He deserved the chance to step up with Williams out for two months, but needs to have a good game next week or else questions will be asked of where Fergie goes with his attacking options after that.

Joe Wright – His form has been a pleasant surprise all season, but Wright struggled to cope with Colchester’s hustle and bustle front line and was rightly hauled off in favour of Mathieu Baudry in the second half. The Wales U21 has plenty of potential and can be a key player for years to come here but right now, Baudry looks the more ready of the two to start alongside Andy Butler.

Doncaster Rovers vs Barnet FC: Match Report

Doncaster Rovers FC 3-2 Barnet FC: Match Report

In a win that Fergie deemed ‘the best of the season’, Rovers managed to secure victory in the dying embers of the game after facing a team with a very unusual style of play.

I don’t imagine that there were many Doncaster Rovers supporters that thought the Keepmoat would become a fortress this season. Luckily, all these doubters were very wrong with Rovers yet to lose a home fixture in the league this season. There were only two changes to the side on Saturday, with Niall Mason coming in to replace the injured Frazer Richardson and Liam Mandeville, who impressed in the EFL Trophy against Derby U23s, filling the void in the team that had been left by the suspended John Marquis. Both of these new additions performed very well, and the inclusion of a right-back that was an actual defender enabled Matty Blair to truly shine.

Rovers started very well in the first half with James Coppinger scoring an absolute worldie 15 minutes in. The record breaking captain has been hugely impressive of late and once again he hit home in spectacular fashion making him joint second in the goal scoring rankings with a whopping six goals so far this season.  

Liam Mandeville also impressed creating chance after chance for the Rovers;  the young player’s work ethic is something that simply cannot be faulted and he ran almost constantly for the whole game.

Then,  Matty Blair happened. In my opinion, the guy has been a wonderful addition to the squad this season and he impressed again on Saturday. After an impeccable one-two with Andy Williams, he put Rovers 2-0 up just before half time.

However, with our ever consistent defending, there was always going to be a Barnet goal on the cards. It arrived courtesy of an interesting tactic which involved one of Martin Allen’s men who had a throw to rival Rory Delap. To say it was a ‘long-throw’ would be an understatement, throw-ins from anywhere on the pitch offered them an easy advantage against our oft out-jumped back four. Especially when physically big players such as John Akinde and the eventual goal scorer Dembélé were lobbed up front for every single one. It was only a matter of time until they scored from this and although it wasn’t exceptionally beautiful football (at times it was downright dull) it was certainly an effective means of turning something that is usually an insignificant part of the game into attacking play.  This constant stream of arial attacking in combination with Marko Marosi’s injured hand made it inevitable we would concede.

Of course, once Barnet got a goal back Rovers began to fall to pieces yet again. It is admittedly a bit worrying that our two previous games in all competitions before Saturday had ended in last minute equalisers from the visitors to make the score line 2-2. This happened once again, with our aforementioned ‘fortress’ seemingly crumbling. This sort of mental fragility that Fergies Rovers side continually displays needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later if we are to escape the continual perils of conceding in the last minute. (Dont you dare mention his dad. Don’t do it. I know you want to!)

Barnet’s equaliser was scored by the now infamous international ‘superstar’ Luke Gambin who instead of starting for Malta and playing at Wembley against England was on the bench for most of Barnet’s game against Doncaster Rovers. Personally, I’d much rather play against the likes of James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe and Andy Butler than Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and Jordan Henderson every day of the week so I don’t really have a clue what the guy was complaining so much about. 

When all Rovers fans thought hope was lost, a man who has divided opinion this season ensured that attractive, patient football, rather than endless chucking the ball forward in a monotonous fashion, won the battle. Andy Williams, with his attitude/confidence problems seemingly behind him slotted home a last minute winner that i doubt anyone in the stadium thought would happen.

Winners:

Matty Blair: I think I’m slowly falling for Matty Blair this season, and when I say ‘slowly’ I obviously mean head over heel. One of the best signings of the summer, Blair was in an absolute league of his own during Saturday’s match where he scored one goal and had assists in both others. Without the added burden of having to play as a right-back, Blair can have much more control over the attacking momentum in a game. His pace is rarely matched by a defender and his crosses always seem to hit the mark. If I had my way, he’d be in the ‘winners’ section each week – but sometimes Adam writes these reports.  

James Coppinger: It seems like the Copps we knew from the days of SOD has made a return to the Keepmoat once again – and thank god for that! The guy is basically ageless and has proved wrong the doubters who claimed he was ‘too old’ and ‘past it’ at the beginning of the season. His goal against Barnet was something else entirely, perhaps one of his best, and his work ethic always has been and always will be impeccable. The guy puts some much younger players to shame.

Andy Williams: I think Andy Williams is an absolutely incredible striker. I have given him grief this season for his lack of confidence and poor attitude in the past, which makes me even more delighted that he seems to have gotten over himself and started to net goal after goal. He is now Rovers’ top goal scorer and there’s simply no denying he deserves that accolade.

Losers:

– The referee: Today’s referee was Trevor Kettle. I say no more.

Long throw-ins: I hate them. Tommy Spurr never created goals from them when he used to take them back in the day, which fuelled the hatred.  After seeing about 7000 of them on Saturday, and watching Gareth bloody Bale do the same for Wales on Sunday, I never want to see another one again.

John Marquis: Arguably our best and hardest working player, the striker may struggle to feature in the team after the excellent performances of the front two. It doesn’t seem that fair to drop Mandeville after a performance that was faultless.

Doncaster Rovers vs Carlisle United: Match Report

Carlisle continue to extend their unbeaten run, but should it really have been a draw

I must admit, I didn’t see Rovers being the team to end this winning streak. I was, of course, very willing to be proved wrong. It was certainly a pleasant suprise to see Richardo Calder finally starting for us instead of Frazer Richardson, especially considering the incredible impact he makes when he’s substituted on week after week. It was only a matter of time before he made it into the starting eleven. I was very shocked when I found out that Fergie didn’t use the loss against Luton as an oppertunity to mix up the back line and finally include Mattiheu Baudry. The starting line-up certainly looked promising. Was a win on the horizon?

For the duration of the first half, it certainly seemed that way. With the exception of their goal, which was scored with far too much ease for my liking as the cross took a deflection off a striker, Rovers were totally dominant. It was a very similar performance to the first twenty miniutes at Luton, with chances being created almost constantly. Coppinger was once again on form, the guy genuinely should be in the running once again for player of thr month because he is head and shoulders above everyone else in this division. Marquis was also excellent, his work ethic is something that goes unrivaled and alongside Williams (who also put a shift in on Tuesday) he cannot be stopped.

Then, an absolutely brutal, yet effective, challenge from Matty Blair (Paul Keegan, eat your heart out) totally opened up play for Doncater. Tommy Rowe and Andy Williams perfomed a little one-two outside the box before the midfielder, who was widely regarded as the signing of the Summer, hit home in the eighteenth minute – only three minutes after Carlisle took the lead.

Afterwards, Rovers were literally on fire. Calder and Blair were absolutely annihilating the visiting defenders, with nearly every single opportunity on goal coming from the right hand side of the pitch. Eventually, we took the lead when John Marquis turned a defender inside out before taking a shot just outside the penalty area to make it 2-1 just before half time.

At this point it seemed that ending the unbeaten streak was inevitable. Surely to God it was…
After the intermission, we missed our third penalty of the 2016/17 campaign when Tommy Rowe’s strike deflected embarrassingly off the bar. This destroyed any momentum we could have mustered in the second half and won’t do Rowe’s confidence any good at all.

I’m obviously not sure what Carlisle boss Keith Curle said during his team talk at half time, but it must have been something to rival the very best motivational speekers out there. Carlisle came out with a newfound sense of grit, determination and passion that made me realise why they were yet to lose. It was obvious, they wouldn’t give up without a fight. Unfortunately, it seemed that our defence didn’t possess quite so much strength with Andy Butler doing most of the work for his teammates on the back line and Marosi making stunning safe after stunning safe. It became apparrent that soon the Carlisle strike force would soon equalise.

The role substitutions played in the game for both teams was absolutely vital to how it ended. Taking off Richardo Calder totally irradicated any attacking momentum we had and that combined with Carlisle making very attacking changes meant that we were suddenly on the back foot. It was clear the Carlisle coaches knew how strong our midfield could be, and therefore totally bypassed theirs by lobbing a bunch of players up front and hoofing it up the pitch to them. Eventually, it broke and the away side equalised in the seventy-ninth minute.

Winners

– Andy Butler: Although both goals scored by Carlisle could have been easily prevented, without Butler they could have easily scored seven or eight more. I have always been a fan of him and his no-nonsense approach to the game. The classic, good old-fashioned centre half is a dying breed and one we must try our hardest to preserve. Butler is that kind of centre back, and that kind of approach to the game ensured we didn’t experience an embarrassing loss.

– Richardo Calder: I am passionate about Richardo Calder. He did very little during his appearances last season, but this year he has come into his own. Even when playing on the right, despite being left-footed, he is a proper force to be reckoned with. I have literally no clue why they subbed him off.

– Carlisle: It takes a lot of mental strength to be unbeaten in this league, and I can only applaud the Cumbrians for being able to do so.

Losers

– Anyone who takes a penalty for Doncaster Rovers: Why can’t we score penalites?! It makes no sense really that we are throwing away something that would be a guarranteed goal for any other team. This is the third player to miss a penalty this season now and I have no idea who’s going to take the next one. It is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed by the coaching staff sooner rather than later.

– Harry Middleton: Of all the players who could be brought on to make an impact, or to solidify the defence, Harry Middleton isn’t someone who springs to mind for me. I like the guy a lot, but for me he doesn’t change the game enough to be brought on in games like that.

– Joe Wright and Cedric Evina: Some of the defending during the second half was almost non-existent today, especially from Wright and Evina. Matty Blair isn’t included in this section because he created an immense amount of attacking play and is playing suprisingly well for someone who is totally out of postio, keeps improving and didn’t actually make that many mistakes – unlike the other two who are defenders by trade and really shouldn’t be letting cross after cross go past them.

Doncaster Rovers vs Carlisle United: Match Preview

It’s a swift chance to bounce back as Rovers face their second tough test in a matter of days…

Despite sitting pretty at the top of League Two after half an hour on Saturday, a 1-0 lead that should have been higher was turned around by hosts Luton Town as the Hatters went on to a 3-1 victory to end the Reds’ latest winning run. James Coppinger netted for the third game in a row but the defence was undone too many times and our strikers failed to find their scoring boots.

This was seen as a tough fixture and rightly so as the win took Luton just ahead of us in the table and saw them join us as the division’s highest scoring team to date. Up next is a chance to put things right however as unbeaten Carlisle United come south to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Discounting an epic penalty shoot-out defeat to Derby in the EFL Cup, Carlisle have not tasted defeat since the end of April and will be a formidable opponent. They are one of only two teams to knock off leaders Plymouth so far this term and sit just one point and two places behind us in the standings.

Keith Curle’s side look a dark horse for promotion contention and boast a wealth of talent for this level, conceding just nine goals so far thanks to Mark Gillespie in goal and a defence boasting three ever-presents including veteran Danny Grainger. Our record against the Cumbrians is hit-and-miss but our last meeting at this level was a memorable one, Rovers lifting the Division 3 title at Belle Vue in the closer of the 2003/04 season.

The big question going into the game is which formation Fergie will deploy, reverting to his favoured 3-5-2 in a failed attempt to bring the game back in our favour. If Mathieu Baudry is fit enough to make his full debut, put your money on three at the back. Questions must also be asked of Cedric Evina’s place in the side with Tyler Garratt now fit again after a shoddy display from the Cameroonian at Kenilworth Road.

One to Watch

Charlie Wyke is Carlisle’s main goal threat, picking up where he left off last season netting four goals in eleven games for our visitors. He is ably assisted by the likes of Shaun Miller, who scored the winner against Wycombe on Saturday, Jabo Ibehre and Reggie Lambe, but it is Wyke who so often steals the headlines.

Big Night

Tuesday evening could see a full debut for highly rated centre half Mathieu Baudry, who appeared off the bench against Luton as Fergie tested the 3-5-2, a formation Baudry was signed to play in. If he starts it’ll mean a change in shape for the Reds, but will the Frenchman be sharp enough at present to make the impact we need him to?

Luton Town vs Doncaster Rovers: Match Preview

The squad face their toughest test of the season to date as we head to Kenilworth Road…

Darren Ferguson may have been dismayed by the performance last time out but the 2-0 win over Newport was the side’s fifth in six games and has put us into the heady heights of 2nd place going into this weekend’s clash with the Hatters. Optimism is creeping back in to the Rovers fanbase but the more level-headed among us have been keen to stress the difficulty facing us in the next few games.

Four of our five league wins have come against sides currently in the bottom five places in League Two but the shape of the table is still fairly irrelevant at this early stage. Luton pose a significant threat, but have been beaten in their last two games falling from the top of the pile to the edge of the play offs, and momentum is something that always matters in football.

Unlike recent opponents such as Newport and Yeovil, Luton will attack us and do possess quality throughout the team, most notably up front with summer signing Danny Hylton netting five goals already this season, among them an impressive hat-trick against Wycombe. Hylton has stated his belief that Luton are capable of winning the title this year so the aim is clear for both sides.

Rovers though have their own 5-goal forward with a treble under his belt this season, and the battle at opposite ends of the field between Hylton and Andy Williams will be something to keep an eye on if you’re travelling down south on Saturday, Williams on target again along with James Coppinger in the victory against Newport to take the Reds past Luton as League Two’s top scoring team of 2016/17 so far.

Frazer Richardson should return at right back to relieve Matty Blair from the unfamiliar role, although the attacker has done very well deputising there in the past two games. Mathieu Baudry is also close to featuring but will not be rushed in by Fergie, nor will Paul Keegan or Gary McSheffrey although all played a part in a midweek friendly at Cantley Park.

This is our first meeting with Luton since 2008, and we are unbeaten in four matches against them although all four of these games came in League One in the last decade and are our only clashes since 1970.

One to Watch

Hylton may be the main target man but young midfielder Cameron McGeehan could be the game-changer in this one. McGeehan has notched four goals and two assists himself in a promising start to the campaign, and has attracted attention from bigger clubs in recent months. He is also a former U21 international team mate of Rovers defender Luke McCullough, although surprisingly quit the Northern Ireland team citing a change of heart regarding his nationality.

Big Weekend

With several injured players not far from returning, now is the time for those in the line-up to earn the right to keep their place. That means a stellar performance is needed from Harry Middleton, replaced after an hour in each of the last two games, with the soon-to-return McSheffrey threatening to take his place and Riccardo Calder also keen to impress from the bench.

Doncaster Rovers vs Newport County – Preview

Doncaster Rovers vs. Newport County: Match Preview

After Saturday’s uplifting victory by the seaside, it is seemingly impossible for a Rovers fan to not look forward to our next game…

With arguably the best performance since Darren Ferguson came to the club against Morecambe, the Rovers players surely must be on a high – especially considering that no one was added to the ever-growing injury list. Hopefully, Fergie’s men will be able to build on a stellar performance, maintain their winning mentality and manage to recreate something similar. With players like Coppinger, Marquis and Blair on sublime form this seems exceedingly likely.

On the subject of injuries, Tyler Garrett finally made it back onto the bench and may become closer to first team football sooner rather than later. Both Baudry and Alcock are also close to making a return, which may cause the Rovers manager to flirt with the idea of a back five featuring these newly fit players alongside Butler and Wright. Considering our current form with a back four though, such drastic changes to the personnel and formation seem highly unlikely. The only change to the starting eleven that could justifiably be made would be replacing Harry Middleton for Ricardo Calder who was particularly impressive over the weekend, even though he played on the right hand side, when he came on in the second half. Frazer Richardson may also make a return to the side, considering the knock he took at Crewe wasn’t severe, whilst players like Paul Keegan and Gary McShefferey are still very far away from fitness.

The last time we met Newport County was in 1987, where we lost 1-0 to the Welsh side. Admittedly, this means our previous form against them isn’t much to go on when it comes to predicting how the game will go. The Exiles have only won one game so far this season, leaving them in 20th in the league. Warren Feeney’s side’s last game ended in a 2-2 draw against Cheltenham, a side that sits one position above them in the table, with new signing Jon Parkin scoring two goals.

One to watch:

Newport’s aforementioned fixture against Cheltenham brings us swiftly to my ‘one to watch’ for this game: the ex-Rovers striker Jon Parkin.  So far, the infamous ‘beast’ has netted three goals for the side – two of which were in Newport’s most recent fixture. Although he was desperately unlucky during his tenure for us, he has always performed well elsewhere and is part of a long line of Rovers strikers who produced nothing for us in comparison to their work at other clubs.

Big Weekend:

Cedric Evina – Although he started the season moderately well, it seems that since Crewe away the left back’s confidence has diminished, making him much weaker than he previously was at the back. The main concern with Evina in my opinion is that he is much more competent when attacking than he is in his actual role as a defender, with most attacks from the opposition coming from the left. Now Tyler Garrett is fit the Frenchman has to ensure that he is solid at the back so he doesn’t lose his place in the team full stop by being demoted to the bench.

Lizzie Robinson

Crewe Alexandra vs Doncaster Rovers – Preview

Three wins on the bounce and suddenly life is grand at Doncaster Rovers again…

Fergie takes his in-form side to Gresty Road this weekend to take on Crewe, a quick return for Rovers to the ground in which our pathetic relegation to League Two was confirmed only four months ago. Writing the wrongs of that day – and indeed the season – will take at least the entirety of this campaign but we have started well and can go a long way to banishing those bad memories with a fourth straight victory here which could even send us to the top of the table.

The Railwaymen are without a win in six matches since claiming their sole maximum of 2016/17 at Stevenage, meaning their last home win was that fateful 3-1 result that consigned Rovers to the bottom tier on a soggy spring afternoon. Whilst Rovers have kept three clean sheets in the last four games, goals have been flying in in Crewe’s games – they drew 3-3 with Hartlepool in their last home fixture and lost a seven-goal thriller at Blackburn in the EFL Cup last week.

A typically low key end to the transfer window at the club saw free agent Frazer Richardson become the only new addition to the squad this week, but the former Leeds and Rotherham defender is a vital addition to cover the still growing injury list, with Mitchell Lund out for two months. The better news from our bloodbath with Yeovil last Saturday is that both Joe Wright and Matty Blair escaped serious injury and will be available for the trip west.

One to Watch

Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya is a highly rated addition to Crewe’s young squad, the twenty-year-old having already notched three goals in his first four games for the club. Kiwomya, nephew of former Ipswich striker Chris, utilises his excessive pace and skill to threaten from the wide areas and must be considered the main dangerman in the opposition line-up.

Big Weekend

Joe Wright – Defender Wright withdrew from the Welsh U21 squad due to the club’s injury crisis and will be hoping that decision was justified as he looks to improve on a shaky performance in the 4-1 win over Yeovil. Wright is a work-in-progress and needs to add consistency to his game if he is to command a regular starting berth once injured players are fit again.

Adam Stubbings

Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town – Report

Style and finesse wins out over brute force and thuggery as Rovers see off Yeovil comfortably on a rainy afternoon at Lakeside…

  • Andy Williams netted a richly deserved hat trick in the 4-1 win, striking home before half the crowd had reached their seats to give us a first minute lead. This was exactly what our talismanic striker needed – a confidence boost that he took on throughout the rest of the afternoon in a perfect performance.

  • If not for those two late goals, the Man of the Match award had to be heading to the captain again. James Coppinger pulled the strings across the attacking line all game, demonstrating his undoubted class and netting a crisp finish to take us two up before teeing up Williams for the third to put the game to bed.

  • Our visitors Yeovil Town got exactly what they deserved, the game unravelling after a 76th minute red card for Bevis Mugabi. The Glovers’ came to smash us off the park and it worked for a time, but in the end our superior footballing ability won out and we were able to comfortably see out the game against ten men.

  • Despite the scoreline, things were not plain sailing. Tom Eaves squandered two excellent chances before a moment of madness from emergency right back Matty Blair cost Marko Marosi a deserved clean sheet, and within minutes of Ryan Hedges’ halving the deficit from Blair’s mistimed back header, débutant sub Izale McLeod fired wide when he should’ve done a lot better.

  • On top of Yeovil’s brutish tactics, Rovers also had to contend with atrocious officiating from both the referee and his assistants, Martin Salisbury unable to keep a lid on the tension and proving utterly incapable of applying any kind of consistency to his decisions. Coppinger and John Marquis in particular were nobbled again and again without Salisbury batting an eyelash, whilst his assistants failed to grasp the basic rules of offside and the ball going out of play.

  • Two players ended the day in hospital, including Mitchell Lund who went off with a potentially serious rib injury. It is to the team’s credit that we have now won three on the trot and sit third in the table despite a swathe of injuries, and reinforcements may need to be brought in ahead of Wednesday’s loan deadline.

  • One thing we have cracked over the summer is set pieces. The opener came from another well worked Coppinger corner, and Rovers always looked threatening from the dead ball. In addition, crosses provided the assist on all three of the other goals, proving that creating chances and exploiting our width to good effect is no longer a problem.

Winners

Andy Williams: The ultimate confidence man turned in a flawless performance, showing exactly why he is our first choice striker with a well taken hat trick. On top of that, he worked hard all day harrying the Yeovil defence, scaring the keeper and always making himself available to carve out a chance at goal.

James Coppinger: Another vintage Copps display, the puppet master in the middle of the park. He got on the scoresheet, made an assist and his set piece delivery was as good as it’s ever been too. He also chased down every ball and wasn’t afraid to get into the thick of it against a set of brutes, even earning a slightly unjust yellow card for a scuffle in the second half.

Darren Ferguson: Stuck to his guns and played football the right way, ultimately paying dividends against easily one of the most physical sides ever to come to the Keepmoat. Fergie should be commended for getting us on this winning run in the face of so many setbacks, and it’s nice to see a manager always on the edge of his technical area shouting instructions to his players.

Losers

Bevis Mugabi: The young centre back summed up his team’s performance when he was sent off for a second bookable offence. Mugabi favoured sheer brutality in his dealings with our strikers all afternoon, and it’s a shame to see a team who once played proper football kicking superior sides off the park in back end of League Two.

Martin Salisbury: The referee was nothing short of a disgrace, and if he’s officiating in the EFL next weekend then there is no hope. He got so many decisions wrong, alongside his hapless assistants, and a red card was not at all a surprise to see owing to Salisbury’s complete and total inability to control the game.

Joe Wright: One man whose performance stood out for the wrong reasons in Rovers colours was centre back Wright. The youngster is still learning his craft but had a bad afternoon here, struggling to clear simple balls away, being physically outmatched constantly despite his height and getting caught chasing shadows far too often.

Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town – Preview

Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town. A fixture that screams League 2…

Yeovil Town are the visitors to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, facing a Rovers side looking to win three matches in a row for the first time since February 2015.

The Glovers haven’t won in the league since the opening day, presumably as they are unable to recover from me tipping them for relegation here.

All the usual suspects remain on the treatment table and the absence of Niall Mason, Tyler Garratt, Craig Alcock, Luke McCullough, Mathieu Baudry, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Paul Keegan and Gary McSheffrey ensures that Darren Ferguson could look to name an unchanged team.

Darren Way’s side are coming off the back of three consecutive defeats without scoring a goal so will be looking to bounce back against Rovers. Fergie’s men have been revitalized by a shake up to the formation and it looks like thing could finally be looking up for the South Yorkshire side.

One to watch

Otis Kahn has impressed for The Glovers since signing from Barnsley and the former Manchester United trainee will be full of confidence after scoring on his debut on the opening day. He faces a strong defensive unit however who will be looking for their third consecutive shut out.

Big Weekend

Andy Williams – The former Swindon striker is barely justifying his place in the starting  XI at the moment and he desperately needs a goal to boost his confidence (not least because I backed him to be the divisions top scorer at 9/1).

Marko Marosi – Two consecutive clean sheets means that Marosi will surely start again against Yeovil and a third would cement his place as Rovers #1. He has never been closer to claiming the jersey as his own.

Match Prediction – DRFC 2-0 Yeovil (Williams, Marquis)

I’m going to stick with my prediction that Yeovil will struggle this season so Rovers should really be looking to claim all three points. John Marquis is on fire at the moment and surely Andy Williams must be due a goal. He is still creating chances he just needs to stick one away.

Rob Johnson

Cheltenham Town – Away Day Review

A ground that is referred to as ‘The World of Smiles’ was the venue for Rovers’ most recent away fixture. Taking the result into account, this is the perfect name for such a ground after Rovers fans left in very high spirits – astonished by the first away victory since January – but there are some aspects that may cause fans to question how apt the title truly is…

The ground is located just outside the centre of Cheltenham, meaning that it is surrounded by a plethora of places to get a pre-match meal or drink. This convenient location meant they had loads of decent places to park, once again at refreshingly cheap prices.

Even though Cheltenham are a team that have spent the last few years in non-league, their ground is surprisingly modern in comparison to some grounds in our division. There was actual working toilets and the seats were undercover which was very useful when the heavens opened during the game. However, I was honestly underwhelmed at the lack of character in the ground. In fact, the most unique and interesting aspect of the stadium is its whimsical name.

Despite there being loads of places to eat around the ground, when I read online they sold reasonably priced Pukka Pies I decided that eating in the stadium was a wise choice. I was very, very wrong. The only kind of pie they sold by the time I got there was chicken and mushroom and I don’t know anyone who actually likes that flavour and would order it by choice. Instead, I ordered chips. As I watched the woman prepare these for me, I realised that she had them in the fryer for maybe a minute at most. After eating them, it became very apparent that these were just raw.

Overall, ‘The World of Smiles’ didn’t leave me with that much to smile about. It wasn’t really anything special, but winning there certainly moved it up the rankings considerably. I think at the end of the day results will always swing my opinions of a place, and I’d love to visit again regardless of the quality if we can perform as well as we did.

Lizzie Robinson