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March 27, 2017
Rovers 0 Plymouth Argyle 1
If you don't take your chances, the odds are on that you don't win football matches. So it proved to be yesterday afternoon, as Rovers had plenty of chances to put the game out of Plymouth's reach while the game was still goalless, yet they either did not make enough of their chances, or they found a Plymouth goalkeeper in inspired form.
The 50th minute goal by the visitors meant that Rovers suffered their first home defeat in almost twelve months - and it also meant that the gap between them and Plymouth has reduced to three points. It's still true that Rovers need only two wins from the remaining seven games to confirm promotion - less if the chasing pack drop points - but the issue of the championship will have to wait until close to the end of the season.
Plymouth admitted that they came with a game plan to thwart Rovers, which was similar to the approach that they employed for the reverse fixture earlier in the season. And it worked, so they have clearly worked out how to stop Rovers winning. Thankfully, not enough other teams have done so, but Rovers will have to be able to combat such tactics if they are to succeed next season.
Alfie May, John Marquis, Tommy Rowe and James Coppinger all had chances to put Rovers in front in the first half, but impressive saves by Plymouth skipper and keeper, Luke McCormick, kept his side in the game.
The deadlock was broken in the 50th minute, with an in swinging corner powerfully headed home by Bradley, giving Lawlor no chance of keeping the ball out of the net.
Rowe, Coppinger and Marquis all had chances, before Rovers threw caution to the wind by throwing Butler up front for the last few minutes, who caused the visitors defence problems by winning numerous headers - but there were no other Rovers players close enough to take advantage.
Rovers had a superb opportunity two minutes into added time, but Coppinger's half volley went narrowly wide.
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March 27, 2017
What the managers said
There were two very contrasting views from the opposing managers of yesterday's match at the Keepmoat Stadium, with Darren Ferguson delighted with the performance of his side, saying that Rovers "absolutely annihilated" Plymouth for most of the game.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was first against second today but unfortunately the better team has lost. I was delighted with my players, it was an excellent performance. All the stuff we worked on we did well. It's better to be a lucky team than a good one sometimes and Plymouth were that."
"We dominated the game. We knew we'd dominate possession. I felt we were very good but, unlike us, we didn't take one of the four incredible chances we had in the first half. When you look at the stats, the most important one is the result, so it's a disappointing day in that aspect."
"I really would be surprised if their game plan was to let us have four incredible chances at 0-0. They might say they had a game plan to hit us on the counter-attack but we've absolutely annihilated them today, the team in second, and we should have won by three or four."
And as for the view from the opposing camp, Plymouth boss Derek Adams said: "We’ve come to a place where they hadn’t been beaten all season; we’ve played against them twice this season and we haven’t conceded a goal against them. That tells you how well we’ve done. We came here with a game-plan, much the same as the first time we played against them, and it worked perfectly for us. We allowed the two centre-halves to get on the ball; we sat deep; and we closed the space down. It’s difficult as the home side, because you have got to try to break down the opposition, and we know that, when we get the ball, we have got some very good players who can play, not only on the counter-attack, but who can also pass the ball well. "
"Today, after we scored, we could have scored again because the other team have got to open up more than they were doing. Graham Carey and Jake Jervis had two fabulous opportunities to finish the game off; Luke McCormick has made two very good saves, as well, first half and second half; we defended long balls into the box. We always knew we’d have to defend well because [Doncaster] are a side that has scored many goals this season."
He continued: "We’ve got seven games to go now. We’ve closed the gap between ourselves and Doncaster to three points and we’ll try to catch them, try to overtake them, but we also have to keep on opening up a gap between ourselves and fourth position, as well. We have still got a lot of hard work to do. We need to keep on winning matches. We have picked up 75 points already this season and we need to keep up picking up wins."
March 27, 2017
Ferguson interview

A short interview with Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is now available on the Sky Sports web site.
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March 27, 2017
Match highlights

Some match highlights of yesterday's match against Plymouth Argyle are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
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March 27, 2017
Wycombe ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 900 tickets for the forthcoming game at Wycombe Wanderers, which will be played on Saturday, 22nd April.
They are now on sale to season ticket holders and and Alliance members, with remaining tickets going on general sale next Monday (3rd April).
Ticket prices are as follows: Adult £20.00 - Senior (60+) £17.00 - Young Person (19-25yrs) £15.00 - Junior (18 & under) £11.00 - Junior (7 & under) £0.00 - Ambulant Disabled £20.00
Ambulant disabled are entitled to a carer ticket if they are on mid to high rate. Wheelchair and carer tickets must be booked direct with Wycombe Wanderers on 01494 441118
Please note this game is all ticket and there will be no sales on the day for visiting supporters.