Match Preview

 

Fri 20 Jun 14

Doncaster Rovers make the 360 mile round trip to the County Ground on Saturday looking to earn a league victory for the first time in four weeks.

Paul Dickov’s side possess a very healthy away record, one of the top ranked in the division and they will have to be at their best to halt the buoyant Robins who have recorded six wins in their last seven outings.

The South Yorkshire side do possess an enviable record when visiting Wiltshire though and have only left without any points on just two – out of nine – occasions.

The last of these meetings was just two years ago in December 2012. Dean Saunders’ side were rallying in the league and entered the game having won all four of their previous league fixtures.

They were on the back foot early on though. Heavy spells of Town possession yielded an early goal when the visitors couldn’t clear their lines and Matt Ritchie slammed home from close range.

A riposte wasn’t too long in coming, however, and after some neat interplay from Rovers, a low ball in to the box was put through his own net by Danny Hollands.

The majority of the 7,700 crowd were not so pleased that Saunders’ men repelled Paolo Di Canio’s side for the remaining eighty minutes; however the stakes were much higher in the return.

Neither Saunders nor Di Canio were present for the televised rematch at Keepmoat Stadium with the former departing for Wolves and the latter taking the reins at Sunderland.

With both teams pushing for promotion from the third tier – Rovers by automatic means and Town via the play-offs – it turned in to somewhat of a stalemate during a game which was more memorable for the beach like conditions with which the football was played.

In the end, an inswinging corner from David Cotterill was planted past Wes Foderingham by the head of defender Jamie McCombe after 80 minutes and most of the 8106 crowd overlooked the pitch in favour of three points for Brian Flynn’s side.

Last time out (Monday 1st April 2013):
DRFC 1(McCombe, 80)
Swindon 0
League One
Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance – 8106
DRFC – G Woods, J McCombe, A Griffin, T Spurr, R Jones, J Lundstram, J Coppinger, D Cotterill, D Furman, C Brown (B Paynter, 88), K Bennett (I Hume, 66)   
Swindon - W Foderingham, D Ward, A Flint, N Byrne, M Luongo, A McCormack, S Ferry, D Parrett (R De Vita, 82), A Navarro (G Roberts, 82), A Rooney, J Collins


Head to head league results (in Swindon):
Rovers – 2
Swindon – 2
Draws – 5

Team News:
Rovers – Paul Dickov will assess the fitness of Nathan Tyson before deciding whether or not to hand the forward his first start since late November.
Swindon – Rossi Branco may still be frozen out following his omission from the recent win over Notts County. Things are much brighter though with the inclusion of midfielder Ben Gladwin who recently penned a new deal with the club.

Fancy a flutter? Rovers 7/2, Draw 11/4, Swindon 8/11

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