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Rovers v Newport Preview

15 September 2016

Saturday 17th September 2016 (3pm), Sky Bet League Two, Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers return home to Keepmoat Stadium for the first time in three weeks looking to build on their positive start to the season; which has seen them take five wins from the last six games.

That good form was, in part, down to Captain James Coppinger who led from the front and, having picked up the August Player of the Month award for League Two, rounded off a comprehensive 5-1 win over Morecambe with the final goal of what was his 500th game in a Rovers shirt.

Coppinger has faced nearly all the teams in the Football League during his time in South Yorkshire, however he has never come across Newport County AFC who make their first ever trip to Doncaster, having being reformed in 1989 following the bankruptcy of the old club.

This is Newport’s fourth season back in the Football League having narrowly avoided relegation last term and they will want to do likewise this season but, in contrast to Rovers, have made a poor start.

The Exiles, as they’re commonly nicknamed, did the double over Rovers in the last season they met. Despite finishing bottom of the Division 3, the Welshman followed up a 3-2 win in South Wales with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster at Belle Vue in front of just 1800 people.

TEAM NEWS: Tyler Garratt is back in contention for Darren Ferguson, although Harry Middleton could be struggling. Craig Alcock has suffered a setback on his comeback trail while the game will come too early for Paul Keegan, Mathieu Baudry and Gary McSheffrey.

LAST TIME: 
Sat 14th February 1987: 
DRFC – 0
NCFC – 1 (unknown)
Division 3
Belle Vue 
Attendance – 1811
DRFC – A Rhodes, N Redfearn, D Cusack, C Russell, G Humphries, M Stead, S Burke, S Joyce (B Deane), P Holmes, C Miller, T Gaynor
NCFC - Unknown

HEAD TO HEAD: Results (in Doncaster): Rovers – 8, Draws – 8, County - 5 

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? DRFC 8/15, Draw 11/4, NCFC – 6/1

ROVERS PLAYER: Listen to live coverage from 14:45 with Paul Goodwin and Peter Catt. 
ROVERS WALL: Follow all the action as it happens from 13:30.


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