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October 16, 2017
Charlton Athletic 1 Rovers 0
Darren Ferguson kept an unchanged side from last weekend's win over Southend United for Saturday's game at Charlton Athletic, but this time they failed to convert possession into goals.
The fact that the referee had a nightmare of a game in all sorts of ways didn't help, and the early injury to James Coppinger, who had to leave the field of play after just seven minutes with a calf injury, did not improve things.
Rovers went behind only a minute later when a shot by Fosu caught Lawlor unawares with the ball going into the net at the near post.
The referee missed a blatant penalty for Rovers at a time which would have put Rovers back into the game - but early in the second half, the referee had to be replaced after clattering in to Charlton's Magennis, which left him flat on the ground and needing treatment from the Charlton medical staff. A totally accidental freak incident with no blame on the player, but it resulted in the referee being replaced after a seven minute delay.
Rovers created enough chances, but failed to break through, with both sides having chances in the closing quarter of the game.
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October 16, 2017
What the managers said
To say that Darren Ferguson was unhappy with Saturday's defeat at Charlton Athletic is not overstating the situation, with the criticism of the team's performance in the first half particularly stinging.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson said: "It's an unacceptable result. It's a terrible result. The first half performance was no where near good enough, no where near the required standard. We lost a poor goal. "The first half performance was the problem. It cost us the game. It wasn't quick enough, the tempo wasn't there. Again we're saying the same things - how have we lost that game when we're on top in the second half. But we have lost it and it's a hugely disappointing result."
Of the goal conceded, he added: "I'm not going to criticise my players in public individually so you're going to have to work that out for yourselves. But it's a clear mistake by someone. If we played in the first half like we did in the second then we win the game. You lose a poor goal and then it's too slow. Again, I've had to really get into them at half time. We were so much better in the second half, the reaction in that half was brilliant but we were always chasing the game."
"We’ve played 13 games and we’ve only lost one game by a couple of goals or more, we had a couple of good chances in the game. We spoke a lot midweek about what we wanted to do against them and we did that, but we have a big week coming up. We have Portsmouth on Tuesday night, it’s a good thing to have a game straight after a loss and I need a reaction. We will have three changes, Marquis is suspended, Copps and May are out through injuries."
Charlton boss Karl Robinson was pleased with the way his side played, commenting "On the counter attack, we looked bright and we could have scored one or two more. I saw a real desire, a dedication and application towards the cause. We all know we weren’t at our best and when you’re not you have to call on your heart, your desire and work ethic. These are the things that every fan asks for. We stuck to the task, we gave it our all and that is all I and the fans can ask for. The ovation from the supporters at the end was great and that is what this club needs; a team that is willing to go to the wire when it’s not playing well. We knew how to win today and I was very pleased with that."
October 16, 2017
George Mansell
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Doncaster Rovers player George Mansell earlier this month at the age of 74.
He joined Rovers in 1962 and played for their junior teams, but his only first team appearance followed on 17th November 1962 when he played as centre forward in the 5-1 defeat at Darlington.
He stayed with the club until 1964 when he joined Hinckley United.
George returned to the Doncaster area to become involved in local football in the Bentley and Arksey areas.
We send our condolences to his friends and family at this sad time.
October 16, 2017
Match highlights

Sky Sports have brief match highlights of Saturday's game against Charlton Athletic available on their web site.
If you would like to view them, please click on the logo to the left.

October 16, 2017
Travel information to Bury
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Bury, which is on Saturday, 28th October.
They will leave Retford at 10.45am, Harworth 11.05am, Bawtry 11.00am, Rossington Styrrup 11.00pm, Hare & Tortoise 11.10am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 11.15am, Waterdale 11.20am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 11.30am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
Non-members: Adults £17 - Concessions £16
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
October 6, 2017
Travel information to Exeter
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Charlton Athletic, which is on Saturday, 14th October.
They will leave Retford at 8.30am, Harworth 8.35am, Bawtry 8.45am, Rossington Styrrup 8.45pm, Hare & Tortoise 8.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.00am, Waterdale 9.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £22 - Concessions £20
Non-members: Adults £24 - Concessions £22
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by next Wednesday.