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06 October 2018 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town

5 October 2018

Fleetwood Town travel to third place Doncaster Rovers this weekend, and will be looking to get back to winning ways after picking up one point against Wycombe in

Town comes into this game against Grant McCann’s Doncaster Rovers with a very good away form. With wins over Scunthorpe and Oxford, and draws over Charlton and Sunderland, there’s no reason why Barton’s side can’t go there and take all three points.

With Fleetwood picking up a point in their last match against Wycombe, the club sit 14th in the league table, only five points outside the top six places.

Joey Barton spoke to the press on Thursday morning and talked about the threats that Doncaster post, and how the style his side will come up against will be different to their midweek match.

Head coach Joey Barton said…

“Doncaster are a side that were in the Championship not so long ago and I know come Saturday, it will be a level playing field and when the eleven walk out onto the pitch, it is a level playing surface and I think Doncaster are a good side.

“It is an exciting time here at this football club and I am at my best when I know what is going on and there is a lot of work going on.

“Grant McCann’s side will play different to Wycombe in terms of style and every side has their strengths and weaknesses. I think I have found an opportunity for us to go there and cause them problems, but we still need to go out and execute that on the pitch.”

Doncaster boss Grant McCann said…

“We’re 11 games in and we have 21 points, and if we get the win on Saturday then we’ll be on the two points per game mark.

“We’re in a good place at the minute, but there are going to be ups and downs this season and we need to make sure we stay in and amongst it.

“I thought against Accrington we controlled large parts of the game without really threatening. That’s disappointing because we have, over the ten or 11 games, we shown how ruthless we are.”

2018/19 Sky Bet League One Form (Last five matches L-R):

Doncaster Rovers: L W W W W (Currently 3rd on 21 points)

Fleetwood: D L L D D (Currently 13th on 14 points)

Rovers’ Danger Man...

John Marquis is the man to watch for Doncaster when Fleetwood Town make the trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.

Marquis finished as the club’s top goal scorer last season with 14 league goals. The forward is a key figure in the Rovers side and when given the chance, he tends to take them in front of goal.

The 26-year-old started off his career at Millwall in 2009, and spent seven years at The Den. He was send on loan to various clubs such as Portsmouth, Torquay, Northampton and Gillingham, before moving to Doncaster in 2016.

Marquis was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year in the 2016-17 season, as he helped Doncaster win promotion to the League One, where he scored 26 goals in 45 league appearances.

He has nine goals in all competition this time round, with braces coming in recent wins over Plymouth and Bradford.

Betting Preview

Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town go into this game priced at 15/4 to pick up all three points at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Grant McCann’s side are favourites at 3/4 to win at home, with a draw at 13/5.

Town have scored in majority of their games this season, and for the Cod Army to win and both teams to score, the odds are boosted to 10/1. If that bet comes in, it will be the first time the club have won at Doncaster.

Three 0-0 draws have taken place between the two sides, and for a goalless draw this Saturday, the odds are also at 10/1.

You can find more odds for the match on Sky Bet here. Please bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Excellent Town cruise to victory at Doncaster

Four goals secure massive vic

6 October 2018

An outstanding performance from Fleetwood Town saw them win 4-0 at in-form Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The Cod Army took an early in the match as Ched Evans slotted his penalty kick past the goalkeeper into the side netting. Two more goals came before the break from James Wallace and Ash Eastham, and you’d have to say it was the perfect 45 minutes from the away side.

Ash Hunter made it four shortly after the restart after a defensive error by Joe Wright. The 23-year-old nicked the ball from the centre-half, and found himself one on one with the keeper, only to then slot the ball home. This proved to be more than enough as Town returned to winning ways.

Joey Barton made one change to the side that starting against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night with Evans coming in, replacing Wes Burns who drops to the bench. Craig Morgan returned to the 18-man-squad, which will be a big boost to the team.

It was a fantastic start to the game for Town, who scored within the opening five minutes of the match. Evans was taken down by the Doncaster keeper Marco Marosi and saw the referee point straight to the penalty spot.

The Welshman stepped up and buried his spot-kick from 12-yards, even with the goalkeeper going the right way. What a start for the Cod Army!

The home side didn’t let the slow start affect them and had a free-kick from just outside the Town box moments later. Long serving midfielder James Coppinger was the player who stepped over the ball, but could only see his shot sail over Alex Cairns’ crossbar.

Both sides were looking to get the ball down and break the opposition down, and Grant McCann’s side were pushing on the left flank with their full-back making the most of the width, and with Mallik Wilks driving into the box, Cairns had to make a smart save down to this right hand side.

Marquis and Joe Wright went close for Doncaster within two minutes of each other. Both players found themselves in acres of space inside the penalty box, but both missing the target from six yards.

Despite the pressure from the home side, it was James Wallace who headed the ball home in front of the travelling Fleetwood fans from Hunter’s out swinging corner, which gave Barton’s side a 2-0 lead with ten minutes to go until the interval.

Town were in dreamland as Eastham made it three nil with seconds to go until half-time, and it was captain Eastham whose powerful header found the back of the net after Ross Wallace whipped in the ball from the corner spot. The perfect 45 minutes!

Hunter made it four nil four minutes after the restart, sending the 214 Fleetwood fans wild.

Town kept pushing for a fifth goal and the front four of Wallace, Hunter, Evans and Madden were troubling the Doncaster back line with their movement and interchange deep inside the final third, and it was working well, with the home side looking to attack at every moment.

The back four of Fleetwood stood firm with Rovers pushing more and more bodies forward as the clocked continued to tick down at the Keepmoat Stadium. The home side made three attacking changes, looking to get themselves back into the game, but they couldn’t break down the yellow wall.

After all that Doncaster put on Barton’s side, they failed to convert any chances that came their way, and it was a game where one team took their chances, and won all three points,

Doncaster XI: Marosi (GK), Mason (Crawford53’), Andrew, Wright, Butler ©, Wilks (Beestin 74’), Whiteman, Marquis, Kane, Blair, Coppinger.

Subs not used: Laylor (GK), Anderson, J. Anderson, Amos.

Town's Xl: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Eastham ©, Evans (Burns 70’), Madden, Taylor, Hunter, R. Wallace, Husband (Holt 7’), Sheron, J. Wallace (Morgan 46’).

Subs not used: Crellin (GK), Burns, Dempsey, Long, Biggins.

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Ticket News

Ticket and travel still available for Town's trip to Doncaster

3 October 2018

Supporters can still purchase their tickets for the weekend's game at Doncaster, with Onward Card holder eligible for £5 travel to the match.

Joey Barton’s side travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday to face Grant McCann's Doncaster Rovers in the 3pm kick-off.

The Cod Army have enjoyed being on the road this season with wins over Oxford United and Scunthorpe United, and draws against Charlton and Sunderland. Fans can buy their tickets now and get behind the side as they look to pick up all three points after Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

Tickets for the match are priced as follows:

Adult - £21

Senior (60+) - £17

22-24 - £17

18-21 - £13

Under 18 - £8

Under 12 - £5

Supporters who have purchased the Onward Card will be able to get on the official supporters coach at 10:30am and 11:30am (please specify which coach you require when booking).

Supporters without an Onward Card can still travel on the official coaches for £18.

To book tickets or coach travel, call the ticket office on 01253 775080 or visit the ticket office at Highbury Stadium.

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