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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Accrington Stanley

17 February 2021

Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One on Wednesday night.

Darren Moore will be looking for a reaction from his side after a 4-1 defeat at Sunderland last time out.

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Accrington’s recent form 

Stanley have lost just one of their past six league games stretching back to a 2-0 win over promotion chasing Hull City on January 26. They backed that up with a 2-2 draw at Plymouth Argyle four days later, before hammering Bristol Rovers 6-1 earlier this month. 

A 0-0 draw at home to Northampton was then followed up by a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture against Plymouth, before drawing 2-2 at Lincoln City last time out.  

 

The man in charge 

John Coleman returned for a second spell with Accrington in 2014 and helped them win promotion to Sky Bet League One in the 2017/18 campaign. Since returning, Coleman has taken charge of 335 matches, winning 141, drawing 83 and losing 111, giving him an overall win percentage of 42.1%.  

 

Ones to watch 

Seamus Conneely  

The Irish midfielder joined Stanley in 2015 from Sligo Rovers, where he had previously worked with John Coleman. He was handed the captain’s armband in his first season at the club and has worn it ever since. He is equally as comfortable in defence or midfield, adding good versatility when the resources are stretched at the Wham Stadium.  

 

Adam Phillips 

The 23-year-old joined Accrington on loan from Premier League side Burnley in January after impressing in Sky Bet League Two with Morecambe in the first-half of the campaign. Phillips scored 10 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions for the Shrimpers, before being recalled with a move to the Wham Stadium in the pipeline. 

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Dion Charles  

The powerful striker joined Stanley from non-league outfit Southport in the summer of 2019. Having began his career with Blackpool, Charles has also spent time with AFC Fylde and Fleetwood Town earlier on in his career.  

So far this season, the Northern Ireland U21 international has scored 14 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions, including two against Lincoln City last time out. 

 

Last time out 

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium when they last met in December 2019. Jon Taylor had given Rovers a second-half lead, before substitute Offrande Zanzala secured a point for Stanley.  

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REPORT | Rovers 0 Accrington Stanley 1

17 February 2021

Rovers suffer an unfortunate defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley.

Darren Moore made three changes to the side which lost to Sunderland at the weekend with John Bostock, Scott Robertson and Elliot Simeos drafted back into the starting XI. 

Rovers came out with a sense of determination to right the wrongs of Saturday’s defeat, with an improved performance. However, the improvements were not enough to claim Rovers’ first league win over Accrington.  

First attempt on target for Rovers came through Omar Bogle who was rushed into shooting directly down Nathan Baxter’s path after been marked tightly by the Accrington defence.  

The visitors’ high pressing game did not put Rovers off their stride for the most part, with Moore’s side holding the majority of the possession early doors and drawing in some threatening free kicks as a result.  

The better chances of the first half came through Taylor Richards, who had a few flirtatious efforts on goal but none that threatened Nathan Baxter too much in Accrington’s goal.  

On the 26th minute, the game became end-to-end with Colby Bishop forcing a save out of Ellery Balcombe after heading goalward from a corner. While down the opposite end Scott Robertson watched one of his efforts spiral over the cross bar.  

Bishop continued to cause Rovers problems, after he disposed a Rovers man before getting his shot blocked by Andy Butler.  

Just before half-time Rovers were dealt a big blow as Accrington took the lead after winning possession back from a Rovers goal kick. Paul Smyth capitalised with his shot taking a deflection enroute to goal.  

At the start of the second-half Rovers were quick to throw themselves into the action with Omar Bogle breaking through one-on-one with Baxter. The goalkeeper saved but injured himself in the process. After receiving treatment the Chelsea loanee was able to continue.  

Rovers continued to apply pressure and on the 56th minute Richards made an incredible run through midfield before slicing the ball through the Reece James who was making a run into the box. The left back saw his shot saved from close range. His chance resulted in a string of corner kicks with Rovers coming agonisingly close to equalising with the ball bouncing off the cross bar a couple of times.  

In an attempt to add more attacking flare to the game for Rovers, Josh Sims returned for his first appearance at the Keepmoat Stadium since returning on loan from Southampton.  

When ever Rovers got into a threatening position Accrington were quick to smoother making chances hard to come by.  

With 10 minutes left to play Rovers saw a chance go wide of the mark from a corner routine.  Before James had an attempt from outside of the box which was inches over the ba

In the end, Rovers were undone by a deflected Paul Smyth goal in the first half as attentions now turn to entertaining Hull City this Saturday.

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