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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Accrington Stanley

17 February 2021

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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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