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Preview: Rovers v Crawley Town

23 August 2012

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Rovers looking to continue their 100% start to the season against Crawley Town.

Rovers have made the best start to a league season since the 2003/04 Division Three Championship winning campaign and can make it three wins out of three against Richie Barker’s Crawley Town on Saturday.

Rovers opened the season with a commanding 3-0 victory at Walsall and followed up with three points at Keepmoat Stadium against Bury on Tuesday night.

Dean Saunders named an unchanged side for the second game of the season, however Rovers fell behind in the fifth minute when defender Joe Skarz headed past keeper Gary Woods. Rovers replied ten minutes before the break when Kyle Bennett finished off a sweeping move to ensure Rovers ended the half on level terms.  

Fellow midfielder David Syers was heavily involved in the winning goal picking out striker Chris Brown, in the 84th minute, to score his third goal of the season and keep Rovers 100% record intact.

The Opposition
After being promoted from the Blue Square Bet Premier as champions in the 2010/11 season, Crawley recorded back-to-back promotions finishing third in npower League Two last season securing automatic promotion. 

Crawley were promoted to the third tier of English football for the first time despite manager Steve Evans leaving the club to join free spending Rotherham United. Former Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll took up the hotseat for the newly promoted side, during the closed season, however the lure of Championship football with Nottingham Forest meant his stay at the Broadfield Stadium was brief.

Under the management of former Bury manager Richie Barker, Crawley got off to the perfect start recording a 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United, however couldn’t repeat the same feat against Paulo Di Canio’s Swindon Town suffering a defeat by the same score line.

Team News  
Rovers manager Dean Saunders has no new injury worries and goes into the game with all the players that played against Bury available for selection.

Crawley team news to follow 

Travel Information
A630 Balby Road – New section of inbound Bus Lane between Oswin Ave and Greenfield Lane - This will involve 24/7 inbound lane closures, with restricted outbound lane closures, although in the main these will be removed by 1530hrs to cater for the evening peak period. 

Weather Update
Saturday will see cloud and spells of heavy rain or showers and windy at times. Temperatures: 19oc high – 13oc low.

Live and exclusive coverage of Doncaster Rovers v Crawley Town at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 25th August 2012 will be available on Rovers Player from 2.45pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the afternoon. 

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