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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Charlton Athletic

1 April 2021

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Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Charlton Athletic in Sky Bet League One on Good Friday.

Andy Butler’s side were narrowly beaten 1-0 by MK Dons in their last league outing. 

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Charlton’s recent form 

The Addicks are unbeaten in their past six league games stretching back to a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic on March 2. They followed that up with a goalless draw with Oxford United, before beating Northampton Town at The Valley three days later.  

They were then held to a 1-1 draw at home to Shrewsbury, but got back to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers. They drew 2-2 at AFC Wimbledon in their last league fixture. 

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The man in charge 

Nigel Adkins was appointed as Charlton boss in March after the departure of Lee Bowyer to Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City.  

The 56-year-old boasts a wealth of experience in the EFL, having tasted success in his first job at Scunthorpe United. He twice guided the Iron to promotion to the Championship, and helped them stay there before moving to Southampton in 2010. He continued to impress and helped the Saints to back-to-back promotions into the top flight, before moving on in 2013. He has since had spells with Reading, Sheffield United and Hull City. 

Ones to watch 

Jake Forster-Caskey 

After coming through the ranks at Brighton & Hove Albion, Forster-Caskey played more than 50 league games for the Seagulls. He also spent time out on loan at Oxford United, MK Dons and Rotherham United in order to further his development in the EFL. 

He joined Charlton in January 2017 and has gone on to become an integral part of the team, making more than 100 appearances fur the club. After injury problems in the past, the 26-year-old has scored five goals in 30 appearances so far this season as the Addicks look to mount a push for the top six. 

Chuks Aneke 

Aneke started his career with Arsenal and spent plenty of time out on loan as a youngster, but really found his feet during two spells with Crewe Alexandra. He scored 20 goals in 55 league starts while at Gresty Road, before signing for Belgian side Waregem in the summer of 2014. 

He spent two years abroad before returning to English football with MK Dons. After initially struggling for goals in his first season at Stadium MK, Aneke continued to improve and scored 19 in his final year at the club. He left after their relegation to Sky Bet League Two and joined Charlton. He is the club’s top scorer so far this season after hitting the back of the net 13 times despite being used mostly as an impact substitute. 

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Jayden Stockley 

A product of the AFC Bournemouth Academy, Stockley made a couple of starts for the club and had sever

al loan spells early on in his career. The most profitable loan spell came at Exeter City in 2016, where he scored 10 goals in 21 starts. He signed for Scottish side Aberdeen on a permanent deal but soon returned to Exeter in August 2017. He bagged a further 35 league goals in his 18 months at St James’ Park, before Preston paid £750,000 for his services and provided him with a chance to play in the second tier for the first time. He made almost 70 appearances for North End, scoring nine goals, before joining Charlton on loan in January.

Last time out 

Rovers earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory at the Valley back in September. Madger Gomes opened the scoring in the first-half, before an own goal from Charlie Barker doubled the lead. Tyreece John-Jules sealed the win with his first goal for the club, before Conor Washington pulled one back for Charlton. 

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