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Match Previews

Preview: Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers

17 November 2017

Fleetwood will look to return to winning ways after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to MK Dons when they welcome Doncaster Rovers to Highbury in Sky Bet League One.

Doncaster drew their last game, against Rotherham United, 1-1 after the Millers equalised deep into stoppage time at the Keepmoat Stadium to deny Rovers the victory. A Richard Wood own goal has put them ahead.

Chuks Aneke’s first half goal sealed the points for MK Dons against Rosler’s side last time out.

Uwe Rosler said…

"Doncaster have a similar shape to us.

"They have been very good against teams in the top of the table, and that is down to them being hard to break down. It will be a game of individual battles all over the pitch, with both teams cancelling each other out, but it is important we are patient.

"The players will know when we don't have the ball, we need to be fire, and without the ball we need to be ice. That is our challenge."

Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson said…

"We've got a strong squad to pick from, Niall Mason is available so we're looking at taking a 20-man squad with us.

"They got to the play-offs last season and the manager did a good job, he's got them committed to the cause and they work really hard for him.

"I feel we're competitive in every game, so we've got a good chance of winning more often than not, we're being more consistent now which was needed."

The Form Guide

Saturday’s defeat was only Town’s second loss in ten games in all competitions. Fleetwood are unbeaten in their last three home games.

Doncaster’s draw with Rotherham on Saturday was their first since August, but they have lost just once in five games, with a 6-2 away win at Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup included in that run.

We’ve Met Before 

Town and Rovers have met four times in the past, all in League One, and there have been two goalless draws and one win each for the two sides.

Fleetwood recorded a 3-1 win at Highbury in October 2014 thanks to goals from Liam McAlinden, David Ball and Stephen Dobbie.

Doncaster won 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium in August 2015 with goals from Curtis Main and James Coppinger.

One To Watch

Having won the club’s Player of the Season, Goal of the Season, and Player’s Player of the Season last year, John Marquis has fast become a fan favourite in South Yorkshire. He was also named in the PFA’s Team of the Year and scored an impressive 26 goals, so Fleetwood will be wary of Marquis’ attacking threat on Saturday. Having signed for Rovers’ from Millwall in 2016, Marquis has also featured in the Football League for Northampton, Leyton Orient, Cheltenham and Torquay United. Marquis’ goals this season include strikes against Ebbsfleet United, Plymouth and Blackburn Rovers.

Fancy a flutter?

If you’re feeling lucky and fancy a flutter on Saturday’s game, Fleetwood are priced at 8/5 to win, while Doncaster are priced at 9/5.

Devante Cole to score the only goal in a 1-0 Town win is priced at 22/1, while Jordy Hiwula to score in a 2-1 win is priced at 35/1.

For correct score betting, a 1-0 Fleetwood win is price at 6/1, while the same score for the away side has been set at 13/2.

A 1-1 draw has been priced a 9/2.

A full list of odds can be found on the Sky Bet website.

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Match Reports

Report: Town held to a goalless draw at Highbury

18 November 2017

Fleetwood Town were held to a goalless draw at home to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The Cod Army dominated most of the match at Highbury, and had a handful of decent chances to break the deadlock, but Doncaster’s back line remained solid especially in the second half.

The visitors themselves could have won the game late on through John Marquis, but it was to be a point apiece.

Uwe Rosler named an unchanged starting XI from last Saturday’s match at MK Dons, with just one change to the substitutes bench as Ashley Nadesan was rewarded for his four goal midweek haul for the Development Squad. He replaced Harvey Rodgers. Alex Cairns was handed his 50th Fleetwood Town appearance.

Town started brightly at Highbury and inside the opening couple of minutes had the first chance of the match as Kyle Dempsey whipped in a dangerous cross towards Devante Cole. The ball was eventually gathered by goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, despite good pressure from Cole who couldn’t quite connect with the ball.

Dempsey then went close himself when Wes Burns’ deflected shot rebounded his way as he turned then dummied outside the area before testing the reflexes of Lawlor.

Burns then burst down the right wing before unleashing a fierce shot just over the bar as Fleetwood began to dominate the early attacking play.

Doncaster’s first decent effort came when Rovers’ James Coppinger flashed a shot across the face of goal, but Harry Toffolo was inches off of a connection that would have put the visitors ahead.

Fleetwood were showcasing some unbelievable passing and were unlucky not to have produced the opening goal when Cole was eventually put through on goal, but the offside flag and Lawlor denied the striker his tenth goal of the season.

The hosts continued to dominate and forced Rovers into a defensive error as Lawlor’s mistake left Cole with a sight of an open goal, but the covering defender cleared with the ball, with it falling to George Glendon who fired over from 18 yards.

Burns then had another long-range effort saved by the goalkeeper as Fleetwood looked to make their dominance count.

Doncaster started much brighter in the second half and were close to opening the scoring as Rodney Kongolo who let rip from 25 yards out, but his shot was just over the bar. At the other end, Baily Cargill tried his luck but his shot also went over.

Fleetwood were still looking dangerous on the counter attack and had another great chance as Jordy Hiwula broke free with Dempsey and Cole to his right. He slotted the perfect through ball to Cole, who’s effort was saved by Lawlor and the second time of asking.

The Cod Army had managed to keep Doncaster’s star striker Marquis quiet until the 64th minute, when he rounded Cargill and hit a powerful strike towards goal, which was well saved by Alex Cairns for a corner.

Tensions boiled over when Cian Bolger was booked for a tackle on Kongolo, with a melee ensuing in front of the benches and the away side making their frustrations known.

With both sides looking for an opening goal and the visitors riled up, the game began to liven up in the final 20 minutes.

With Ash Hunter and Markus Schwabl now on the field as Rosler searched for the opening goal, the tempo was upped. Town came close as a host of bodies battled for a header from a corner, but there was still no breakthrough.

Doncaster were denied a late goal when they counter attacked and Cairns saved Kongolo’s effort before the ball the cleared. With the game in the final five minutes, it was all to play for.

However, there was to be no late drama, as both sides were left to ponder what might have been.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Bell, O’Neill (Sowerby), Eastham, Hiwula (Hunter), Dempsey, Burns, Bolger ©, Glendon (Schwabl), Cargill, Cole.

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Pond, Godswill, Nadesan.

Doncaster XI: Lawlor (GK), Baudry, Butler, Kongolo, Marquis, Rowe, Wright, Houghton, Blair, Toffolo, Coppinger (Whiteman).

Subs not used: Marosi (GK), Mason, Williams, Mandeville, Garratt, Ben Khemis.

Referee: J Busby

Attendance: 3,181 (454 away)

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Ticket News

Introduce a friend against Doncaster and win New Years hospitality!

13 November 2017

Fancy winning yourself a VIP table for four when we take on Bradford City on New Years Day? You can this Saturday!

Simply bring along a friend to this Saturday's Sky Bet League One match with Doncaster Rovers at Highbury and you could be in with a chance of winning this great prize worth nearly £300.

This offer is applicable for the Doncaster game only and is running in line with our 'First Time Fans Day', where first time visitors can also take advantage of this great offer.

Anyone who hasn't been to Highbury before can attend their first game for just £10 (adults and concessions), or £5 (under 16s).

How to Buy

- Call the ticket office on 01253 775080 (option one), and pay over the phone

- Purchase in person at the ticket office at Highbury Stadium 

Opening Times

- Monday-Friday (9am - 5pm)

- Saturday (9am - kick-off)

Terms & Conditions

- Ticket offer applicable to anyone with no previous purchase history

- ID will be required

- New 'fan' must complete 'New Fan Sign Up' form when redeeming the offer


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