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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers

18 March 2022

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Fleetwood Town face Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 19 March at Highbury in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 19 March 2022

Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

Town head into this clash against Doncaster ahead of a two-week period without games due to the international break, of which Paddy Lane has been called up to the Northern Ireland senior side for the first time.

In the last outing, it was last-minute heartbreak from Stephen Crainey and the lads as they travelled down south to take on Wycombe Wanderers. Even after what seemed to be a foul on Kieran O’Hara in the build-up, Jason McCarthy’s goal counted and was the difference in the 1-0 loss at Adams Park.

It was a close encounter against Burton Albion last Saturday which ended in a narrow 3-2 loss after another last-minute goal. Town took the lead thanks to an own goal and one from Dan Butterworth, but a late onslaught was the demise of Fleetwood as Oumar Niasse secured a brace, with Louis Moult grabbing the third on the day.

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DONCASTER ROVERS

Donny, much like Fleetwood, are stuck in the battle at the bottom of Sky Bet League One, with the side for Yorkshire currently sitting in 23rd after their narrow loss to Gillingham last week.

A first minute goal from Charlie Kelman swung the clash in the Gills’ favour and even in the game before that, Rovers struggled on the road against Cheltenham Town, who beat them 4-0 thanks to goals from Alfie May, Ben Williams, and Matty Pollock.

Town have won the last four meetings between the two sides, with the last one ending in a 1-0 win for the Cods at the Eco Power Stadium at the start of the year. It was a tight game from start to end, but an Ellis Harrison finish secure the three points for Fleetwood to bring back to the Fylde Coast.

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LAST THREE MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES

Fixture: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 8 January 2022

Venue: Eco Power Stadium

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Fixture: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 24 April 2021

Venue: Eco Power Stadium

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Fixture: Fleetwood Town 3-1 Doncaster Rovers

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 9 February 2021

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fleetwood Town

Draws

Doncaster Rovers

H2H results

7

3

3

PRE-MATCH QUOTES: STEPHEN CRAINEY

Head Coach Stephen Crainey sat down with the press on Thursday afternoon and previewed his side’s league fixture against Doncaster Rovers at Highbury. Here is what he had to say in his interview:

“They are a good side, Doncaster, and we know it’s going to be a tough game as there are no easy games in League One. It’ll be a test but, with the home fans back, I’m hoping they can push us over the line. I think wins are just around the corner, I believe that, and the group believes as well. We just need to go and get those wins now.

“We need to be at it from the word go on Saturday as Doncaster are fighting for their lives at the same time so it’s going to be tough, but I’m hoping that with the quality we’ve got, we can nick it and take the three points. We have no illusions of how hard it will be, and we are still going in confident, but not over-confident.

“We deserved to get something out of the Wycombe game, but we never did. That’s the reality of it but I’m sure that we can bounce back from it against Doncaster. Over the last four of five games, we’ve been playing well without getting any rewards and that’s the thing that has been frustrating. I feel wins are just around the corner and hopefully, that’s going to be Saturday.”

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