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Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town

16 February 2018

After Tuesday’s defeat against Shrewsbury, Uwe Rosler’s side are hoping to get all three poion Saturday when they face Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

Fleetwood travel to the Keepmoat Stadium three points behind Darren ferguson's side in the table, but Rosler is confident his side can return to the Fylde coast with a win.

Cian Bolger returns to the side following his suspension, and the head coach is delighted to have the 25-year-old available for selection.

Uwe Rosler said…

“He has been our player of the season and he is improved steadily month-by-month since I’ve been here.

“Doncaster as a team are very compact so it will be a difficult game.

“We gave the players the opportunity to clear their heads and minds this week, and apart from the mistakes, hopefully we can perform like the way we did against Shrewsbury.”

Darren Ferguson said…

It was a tight game when we played there, they played a different system to the one they are playing now.

“Uwe Rosler is a very experienced manager who has done very well, but they’re on a bad run so it’s a big game.

“I know what I want us to do, and we will go through it all and prepare, we want to get back to where we can be and improve the level of performances.”

The Form Guide…
Fleetwood have lost their last four league games, last winning 2-1 at Southend on January 13th

Doncaster have drawn three out of their last five games and are still looking for their first win in 2018.

Fleetwood Town: L L L L W

Doncaster Rovers: L D D L D

We’ve Met Before

Both sides played out a tense goalless draw at Highbury back in November, but Town have had happy memories against Saturday’s opposition in recent times. Goals from Stephen Dobbie, Liam McAlinden and David Ball secured a 3-1 victory for Pool at Highbury three seasons ago, and the Cod Army will be desperate for the same result this time round. 

One to Watch

Donny stalwart James Coppinger is the one to watch.The Rovers legend is the only player in the club’s history to reach the incredible milestone of 500 league games, scoring 56 goals during his time at the club. Signing for Rovers back in 2004, Coppinger has spent 14 seasons with Donny, winning two promotions to the Championship and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2007. 

Betting Preview

Uwe Rosler’s side are 29/10 to beat Darren Ferguson’s men on Saturday.

Ferguson’s Doncaster are 1/1 to take all three points, with a draw priced at 23/10.

Padden Madden has scored three goals in five games since his move in January, and he is priced at 2/1 to score anytime.

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Match Reports

Report: Fleetwood suffer defeat in South Yorkshire

17 February 2018

Fleetwood Town slipped to defeat in South Yorkshire on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 by Doncaster Rovers.

Two goals from Tom Anderson and one from Alex Kiwomya saw Rovers side take all three points against the Cod Army. 

Town did have good chances, namely from Ashley Hunter and Jordy Hiwula, but were punished by a more clinical home side.

Uwe Rosler made three changes to the side that faced Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night, with Lewie Coyle, Wes Burns and Cian Bolger returning to the starting line up. Gethin Jones, Jack Sowerby and Nathan Pond all dropped out of the starting XI.

The match started quietly, but it was Fleetwood who had the first chance on goal as Burns headed Kyle Dempsey’s cross just wide of Marko Marosi’s net. Town then had another effort as Paddy Madden found Hunter in an inch of space on the left, which allowed him through on goal, but Hunter could only hit his shot just past the post.

However, it was to be the hosts who took the lead with their first chance of the match, as Kiwomya tucked the ball under Alex Cairns after a low cross from John Marquis.

Parity was almost restored little over a minute later as Hunter hit a first time strike from the edge of the area after a corner was cleared out to him. Again, he struck wide.

Town were fortunate not concede a second as Alfie Beeston beat Toumani Diagouraga on the edge of the box, but a great save from Alex Cairns was just enough to prevent the ball looping into the net, as sailed wide.

That was a let off for Fleetwood, but they weren’t to be so lucky next time around, as Doncaster doubled their lead. A free kick was well hit by Marquis, and parried by Cairns, but only as far as Anderson, who was first to the loose ball to make it 2-0.

It was almost 3-0 when Andy Boyle rose highest to connect to Marquis’ dead ball, but Fleetwood did well to clear the danger as the ball eventually ended up in Cairns’ hands.

Cairns was forced into another good save as another free kick found the diving head of Anderson but a fantastic stop prevented a third home goal, as the first half ended 2-0.

Rosler made two substitutions at the break, as he bolstered his strike force with the introductions of Conor McAleny and Hiwula.

Doncaster were straight out the blocks in the second half, as Beeston hit the post inside the area, as Fleetwood were slow to react.

This was only a temporary let off for the Cod Army though, as Anderson scored his second and Rovers’ third with a header from six yards out after a good cross from Tommy Rowe.

Two minutes late it could have been four, as Marquis bore down on goal on the counter, but he couldn’t fond the target from 25 yards.

Town’s first effort of the half came when good work from McAleny allowed Dempsey some space on the edge of the area, however he put just too much curl on his strike and couldn’t hit the mark.

Hunter then had a shot blocked in stoppage time that was perhaps going in, but that was about as good as it got as the referees whistle marked a Town defeat.

Doncaster XI: Marosi (GK), Alcock, McCullough, Mason, Marquis, Rowe, Anderson, Beestin (Blair), Kiwomya (May), Boyle. Coppinger ©.

Subs not used: Lawlor, Whiteman, Houghton, Kongolo, Baudry.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, O’Connor (McAleny), Eastham, Dempsey, Burns (Jones), Grant (Hiwula), Bolger ©, Diagouraga, Madden, Hunter.

Subs not used; Neal, Pond, Schwabl, Sowerby.

Referee: D Drysdale

Attendance: 7,013 (144 away)

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Ticket News

Doncaster Rovers tickets and travel still on sale

16 February 2018

Tickets and coach travel are on sale for Fleetwood Town’s trip to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 17th February 2018 (3pm).

Uwe Rosler’s side travel to the Keepmoat Stadium in the middle of a packed February schedule, where Town could play eight matches in 24 days.

FTFC supporters will be situated in the One Call North Stand, with prices as follows:

Adult - £21

Senior (60+) - £17

18-21 - £13

Under 18 - £8

Under 12 - £5

Official supporters coaches will also be running to South Yorkshire, with the price just £10 for all fans. Coaches depart at 10:30am and 11:30am – please specify which coach you would like to travel on when booking.

To book, or for further information on this fixture, contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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