April 26, 2017
Baudry has Achilles op
Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry went in for his operation on a troublesome Achilles tendon yesterday after delaying the surgery from last week to play in the key away game at Wycombe Wanderers.
However, Darren Ferguson was keen for him to have the surgery as soon as possible so that Mathieu is fit to start pre-season training.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star on Monday: "He has got to get it now. He’ll be getting it on Tuesday. He’s pencilled in for it then. It’s a tough decision and I’m not making the decision lightly. But obviously there is good chance it will go all the way. I think this will go all the way to the last game of the season."
"He would miss pre-season if he played until the end. I cannot have him missing pre-season. I’ve got enough cover. I’ve got good players. It was a really hard decision leaving Joe Wright out because his performance was very good against Blackpool."
April 26, 2017
Williams recovers and returns to action
It had been reported by Rovers that striker Andy Williams had an injury that he would not recover from before the end of the season, but after receiving medical advice, the diagnosis was that the injury was nowhere near as serious as feared, and the striker is back in training and should be available for Saturday's game.
Boss Darren Ferguson said: "Willo is training, he's available. He pulled his calf and then he had a problem with his knee. He went to see the surgeon about his knee and that was fine, no where near as bad as we thought. And his calf has responded really well. He's a quick healer Andy but when the knee thing happened, I thought he'd be struggling. But he'll be fine."
Striker Alfie May should also be fit for Saturday's clash with Exeter City after being withdrawn on Saturday due to a 'dead leg'.
But Ferguson revealed: "Alfie's not trained yet this week but I think he may have a chance of training on Thursday. I'd be very surprised if he doesn't make Saturday. Very surprised. All of a sudden attacking-wise I've got a lot of options. It gives me good options and means my bench will be very attack-minded."
April 26, 2017
Rovers pair in line for Imps game
Rovers goalkeeper Ross Etheridge and ex-Rovers loanee Riccardo Calder are in line for being named in Lincoln City's starting line-up for the rest of the season after having to settle for places on the bench since arriving at the club ahead of the transfer deadline.
Previous first choice keeper Paul Farman has been playing with an injury and will be rested to allow him to recover, while Calder will get his chance after left back Sam Haergham has gone into hospital for an operation that ends his season.
Ross joined Rovers last summer, but after suffering a drop in confidence due to some below-par performances, then struggled to hold down a first team place and has spent much of the season out on loan.
April 26, 2017
Paynter part of new Pools caretaker regime
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Paynter has been asked to be part of a team looking after the first team squad at Hartlepool United after boss Dave Jones and his management team left the club after last weekend's defeat that leaves Hartlepool in deep relegation trouble in the lower reaches of the League Two table.
Given a title of "temporary assistant manager", Paynter has urged the club's players to 'stand up and fight for the shirt' if Pools are to survive in League Two, but has had to watch from the sidelines due to injury rather than being able to go out on the pitch to help the club's cause.
“It’s been hard since the injury, no player likes to miss games, especially matches like this,” he said to the Hartlepool Mail. “I woke up nervous, as if I was playing. I felt after the Leyton Orient game that we’d be guaranteed to get a reaction. Some players froze, which is disappointing, when you actually need men to stand up and fight for the shirt, fight for the cause."
April 25, 2017
Wycombe Wanderers 2 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers may have been celebrating promotion after the home game against Mansfield Town, but since then, performances and results have dipped, and their lead at the top of the table has been cut to two points and the dip in form will have to be arrested soon if they are to be champions.
Darren Ferguson had warned that Rovers had the toughest run-in to the end of the season of all the promotion candidates, and that was certainly true against Wycombe, who started the day off two points outside the play-off places, and had to win to keep in touch with the promotion scene.
Rovers made four changes, with Ian Lawlor, Andy Butler, Luke McCullough and James Coppinger all returning to the side, but were on the back-foot from the start as Wycombe had clearly decided to attack. Their stance paid off in the 9th minute as a long throw was met by ex-Rover Adebayo Akinfenwa, whose looping header came off the bar for Luke O'Nien to head home.
Rovers responded with Luke McCullough having a shot blocked, and Alfie May levelled matters in the 19th minute after breaking down the right before curling a shot past the keeper.
Marquis and Rowe also went close, but just as it looked as though Rovers would be the scorers of the next goal, they were hit by a second goal for the home side, which came in similar fashion to the first. This time they had a free kick which was met by Akinfenwa, with O'Nien turning the ball into the net. Both sides had a chance in the remainder of the first half to score, but it ended up 2-1 to Wycombe.
Both sides had opportunities in the second half, but Rovers were unable to convert any of their chances, despite Darren Ferguson using all of his substitutes in the hope of improving their fortunes.
Thankfully, Plymouth only managed to draw, but Rovers now face a nervous end to the season if they are to lift the title.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open, with the result scheduled to be confirmed on Thursday morning. Once again, apologies for the delay in the post-match news items.
April 25, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was far from happy with the performance of his Rovers side and was quick to apologise to the large travelling support for the below-par showing.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, Ferguson said: "I have to apologise to the fans. We had great numbers here today and to be honest, I wouldn't have been happy watching that. I didn't enjoy watching it. We didn't look like ourselves which is really disappointing. I have to look at why we had a performance like that because it is never going to be acceptable."
"I'm extremely disappointed, one with the result, two with the performance," he added. "Wycombe thoroughly deserved the win. To go 43 games with the way we've done it has been excellent. I've said to the players that they've had a lot of praise thrown at them. And now we can end up stumbling over the line. Every point is massive for me. We have to take momentum into next season."
"That's the first time we've had back-to-back defeats. But the performance was miles away. It was really disappointing. In both boxes we were no where near good enough. We worked on Wycombe, how they played, free kicks, throw ins, second balls. They scored from two of them. And then some of the decision making in the final third. That is the most important area of the pitch."
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with his side's performance, which keeps them in with a chance of a play-off place.
He said after the game: "It was an enormous win. I told the players before that this game was their season, you go out, you step up and you make it happen, and they did, every single one of them did. I was so proud of them."
"Doncaster are top of the league for a reason, their rotation in midfield is something special. Alfie May going off with an injury was a stroke of luck for us. I think he was causing all sorts of problems with his running. The victory was sweet, it means we are right back in the hunt. There's 46 games in this league, and we are still right in it."
April 25, 2017
Match highlights
As usual, Sky Sports have some brief match highlights posted on their web site.
If you would like to view them, please access their site by clicking on the logo to the left.
April 25, 2017
Baudry puts off surgery to play
Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry was set to have an operation on his Achilles tendon injury on Friday, but delayed his surgery to make himself available for Saturday's game at Wycombe. The delay in having the surgery is likely to be only short-term, as he needs to have sufficient recovery time to be fully fit for when Rovers report back for pre-season training.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "We may delay it a week. We will wait and see and we are waiting on something coming back to me. The main thing for me is making the correct decision for the team in the sense of balancing it between winning the title if we can and making sure he (Baudry) is fit for pre-season."
April 25, 2017
Match officials v Wycombe Wanderers
The match officials appointed by the Football League for Saturday's away game at Wycombe Wanderers were:
Referee: Graham Horwood
Assistant referees: Gavin Muge and Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua
April 25, 2017
Rovers go after lapsed season ticket holders
Doncaster Rovers have finally decided to do something about the thousands of former season ticket holders who, for one reason or another, not held a ticket for the last few years. The writer is one of those to receive an email from the club promoting not season tickets, but "memberships".
Sadly, they only gave 12 days from the date of the email being received to the closure of the offer, which will severely limit the chances of many taking up the offer, but at least they have recognised that if they are to increase attendances, they need to connect with supporters from the past.
The fact that the new "membership" scheme, which appears to replace season tickets, seems to send an unclear message about what a membership includes, is a shame. We think there are some potentially promising ideas in there, but a lack of information on many key aspects shows a lack of understanding. There seem to be indications of discounts with some companies and businesses, but they won't say what those companies are. After all, for the lapsed season ticket holder wondering whether it's worth investing £300(+), the attractiveness of those incentives could make all the difference.
But at least they are trying to get new fans in to games, so maybe we should wait for further progress?
March 28, 2017
Season tickets go on sale - or do they?
We think season tickets for next season have gone on sale, but all the articles issued by the club are for "season memberships" rather than season tickets. We presume that, more or less, they are one and the same, but whether you can buy one without the other, we're not sure.
Prices for "memberships" are as follows:
22 - 24
18 - 21
Category A £384 £284 £264 £189
Category B £324 £234 £219 £149
Category C £299 £219 £199 £139
Juniors 17 & under £30
Category A looks to cover the sides of the ground, Category B the corner sections, and Category C, behind the goal.
There are extras and a £150 comes into it somewhere, but the only image detailing it online is indistinct, so you'll have to ask the club for details.

The DNA card will, according to Gavin Baldwin, "come stacked with hundreds of discounts with many local and national brands. We are still finalising the offers for this and expect to confirm more details in the summer."
If we read it right on DROS, the DNA card costs £20.
Bronze membership costs £10 and guarantees priority to tickets for away games and cup tickets, and gives "£3 of match tickets" bought in advance.
If we plough through the waffle, it seems that adult (memberships or season tickets) are the same as last year.
March 28, 2017
Voting results v Blackpool
More apologies are due for the delay in confirming the results of the "Man of the Match" voting for the Easter Monday home game against Blackpool.
We received nominations for five different players, with defender Joe Wright coming home as the clear winner, even after we removed a number of attempts at multiple voting.
The players to receive most votes were:
1 Joe Wright (54.55%)
2 Tommy Rowe (18.18%)
3 Marko Marosi (13.64%)
Thank you to everyone who contributed; we hope to open the next voting much sooner after this coming weekend's match.
April 21, 2017
Baudry set for operation
Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry is set to miss the last three games of the season after it was decided that he will have an operation on a troublesome Achilles tendon. He is booked in for the operation today, with the timing dictated by Darren Ferguson wanting to have the French defender back fully fit for pre-season training later in the summer.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "Mathieu Baudry has played his last game this season. He is going for an operation on Friday and will be out for the season. The reason we’re doing it now is because we want him to be ready for the start of pre-season, otherwise he wouldn’t be. It’s a bit of a gamble but if we wait any longer he wouldn’t be ready for pre-season."
"I’ve got to balance it but I’ve got Joe Wright who I thought was very good against Blackpool. It’s exactly the same as the one he had last summer, just on the other Achilles."
However, defender Andy Butler, who missed Monday's defeat against Blackpool, is expected to return, as is Luke McCullough.
Ferguson added: "Andy will be fine for Saturday. Andy just felt a bit of a tight hamstring when we came in on Saturday and I wasn’t going to risk him with the Baudry situation. McCullough will be fine for Saturday. He was never going to play two games in three days. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair got his first start in a while on Monday and did fine. It obviously caught up with him towards the end of the game."
April 21, 2017
Fergie - Rovers have hardest run-in
The lead at the top of the League Two table has shrunk in recent games, and Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has warned that they still have everything to play for and take nothing for granted if they are to end up as champions.
In an interview with the Doncaster Star before Easter, he commented: "We will be playing until the last kick of the ball in the last game at Hartlepool. We’ve got promoted but we still haven’t won anything yet. We want to win the league. We’re determined to do it. We’re probably more determined to do it now than ever. Now we’ve won promotion, there are no excuses in terms of pressure or anything like that. We can go and play."
"I have to say though, of the teams in the top three, we’ve certainly got the hardest run in."
"We want to finish with the quality and class we’ve shown all season and, if we can, win the league by a good margin, which is still possible."
April 21, 2017
Rovers close in on Mason for next season
Darren Ferguson has revealed that Doncaster Rovers are closing in on plans to bring Aston Villa defender Niall Mason back to the club for next season.
Mason has impressed Fergie whilst on loan from Villa this season, and he is only one of the loan players that Rovers are looking to bring back next term.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Ferguson said: "With Niall Mason, we are very, very close to doing something and I think that will be done. We’re in a good place with those. Certainly I would be keen to keep them, it’s just whether we can negotiate the right deals."
April 21, 2017
Scunthorpe United 2 Rovers Youth 2
The Rovers youth side drew 2-2 with Scunthorpe United in their latest Youth Alliance league game, having to come back from being two goals down to take a point.
Rovers were 1-0 down at the break and went two goals down just a minute after half time. They pulled a goal back in the 55th minute, and levelled matters with only a minute of the game left.
Unfortunately, the only details we have been able to find are from the Scunthorpe United official web site, and they do not mention any Rovers players by name, so we don't have any goal scorers, or the team line-up.
April 21, 2017
Voting results v Colchester United
We received votes for eight different players in the "Man of the Match" voting which was for the away game at Colchester United on Good Friday. Votes were cast fairly evenly, which means that we unusually have three joint winners this week.
Those receiving the most votes were:
1= Gary McSheffrey, Luke McCullough, Tommy Rowe (20.0% each)
4 Conor Grant (13.3%)
We thank everyone for continuing to support the voting, and confirm that the voting results for the Easter Monday game against Blackpool will be confirmed on Saturday morning.
April 19, 2017
Rovers 0 Blackpool 1
Doncaster Rovers went down to defeat in controversial circumstances on Easter Monday, eventually succumbing to a 91st minute penalty which appeared to be given for an infringement that took place outside the penalty area.
Rovers made three changes to their starting line-up, with Joe Wright, Alfie May and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair coming in as Darren Ferguson shuffled his pack, with Luke McCullough, Andy Butler and Gary McSheffrey making way. Rovers did have the better chances in the first half, with the Blackpool keeper saving to deny Wright, May and Rowe, although Blackpool did have the ball in the net, only to see it disallowed for an off-side decision.
The turning point of the game came in the 52nd minute when Matty Blair, who had been rather harshly booked in the first half, was booked again for a foul in the centre circle, which meant Rovers had to play most of the second half a man down.
Harry Middleton replaced Alfie May as Rovers were forced to regroup and looked to be successfully holding on for a draw until the rather bizarre end to the game.
Mathieu Baudry then inexplicably handled a cross to give Blackpool a penalty, which was taken by Mark Cullen, but that spot kick slammed against the foot of the post. Even that wasn't the end of the action - as the game went into added on time, Blackpool's Will Aimson took on Will Longbottom who held him back - but contact seemed to be outside of the penalty area. However,despite consulting his better placed linesman, referee Carl Boyeson pointed to the spot and Jordan Flores stepped up to successfully beat Marosi to give the visitors victory.
Rovers are still three points ahead of second placed Plymouth, but the margin is now down to three points.
April 19, 2017
What the managers said
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson pointed to two key events in the match on Monday that changed the game and sent Rovers to defeat- the sending off of Matty Blair, and the two penalty decisions.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson said: "The game changes on the red card. He’s given it quite quickly considering Matty went down injured. I can see why he gave the first penalty, although it’s still dubious, but the second one is outside the box, no doubt about it. Once you’ve given one, you’d like to think he’d have to be absolutely certain to give another so quickly after it."
He added: "I've just seen the penalties back because you're never too sure when it's live. The first one, it possibly hit his arm. I can see why he's given it but I still think it's dubious. The second one is outside the box, there's no question about it. Then we have a clear one. The defender has actually put his arm on the ball. We feel we were a little hard done by but we have to take our medicine and move on."
"In the second half we felt as though we'd go on and win the game because first half. I thought we were the dominant team in the first half and looked fairly solid. They had one breakaway through Potts but I thought we were comfortable. With ten men we had to adjust but even then, I didn't think we were under too much pressure. There wasn't a massive threat. I thought we'd see it through but unfortunately the game got affected by some of the referee's decisions. That's what's costs us the game"
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer praised the way his players executed their 'game plan' to nullify the threat posed by Rovers.
Speaking to their official club web site, he said: "I thought we came here with a game plan and tactically we set up very well, first half especially. We came and frustrated them and nullified their diamond and created one or two opening ourselves. I’ve not seen Pottsy’s one back yet but it looked really, really close when he’s gone through and scored."
"I thought we grew into the game in the second half and we had some belief in us. They’ve got promoted Doncaster and they’re a good team and I think they’ll win the league. We’ve come and been really good against them. But obviously the sending off changes the course of the game and the outlook of the game but I think we showed great patience after that. We didn’t get too frustrated and we put in a couple of great balls, then there’s the crazy couple of minutes at the end. We’re good at that, aren’t we?"
April 19, 2017
Match highlights

There are brief match highlights of Monday's game at the Keepmoat Stadium on the Sky Sports web site.

April 19, 2017
Goals review
A few former Doncaster Rovers players have been scoring goals in recent matches.
We begin in the United States, where former Rovers striker Tomi Ameobi scored FC Edmonton's only goal in their 3-1 defeat at North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina RailHawks), with the North American Soccer League club falling to a third successive defeat.
Back on this side of the pond, Billy Sharp bagged his 27th goal of the season as League One champions Sheffield United swept past Bradford City by a 3-0 margin at Bramall Lane.
Finally, in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Bradley Grayson scored twice for Buxton as they beat Matlock Town 2-1.
April 18, 2017
Rovers v Blackpool
Darren Ferguson is expected to make some changes to the Rovers side for this afternoon's home game against Blackpool. Ian Lawlor, Andy Williams and James Coppinger all missed last Friday's game at Colchester, and only Ian Lawlor is given a decent chance of being fit for today's game, with Williams and Coppinger unlikely to play again this season. Williams has a calf injury that will take three weeks to recover from, while James Coppinger has a groin injury that is not expected to heal before the season ends.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair made his first appearance of the season on Friday when replacing Mathieu Baudry at half time, and he should again be included in the squad. Alfie May is set for recall in place of the injured Williams, but Liam Mandeville continues his absence due to an ankle injury.
Rovers will be up against a stern challenge from Blackpool, who are in with a good chance of reaching the League Two play-offs. Blackpool have an almost fit squad for today's game, with only Jim McAlister on the sidelines as he recovers from a broken leg.
April 18, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Blackpool are:
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant referees: Danny Gratton and Peter Gooch
Fourth official: Anthony Moore
April 18, 2017
McSheffrey plays for new contract
Rovers striker Gary McSheffrey has admitted that he is "playing for his future" after an injury-hit season has kept him out of action for three quarters of the season.
McSheffrey signed for Rovers last summer after a successful loan spell from Scunthorpe United, but now has only a few weeks to impress sufficiently to persuade Darren Ferguson that he is worth an extension to his twelve month deal.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star at the end of last month, Gary said: "At the end of the day there’s worse off people out there than me. I had a deal where on a certain amount of appearances a second year would’ve automatically kicked in. Obviously being injured for so long I can’t make that mathematically. Whatever minutes I get I’m just trying to make an impact, fit into the team and do myself justice."
"In a way you can say I’m playing for my future. It’d be lovely to stay here. I’ve settled up here now, me and my partner have had a child. It’s where I want to be so it would be nice. I feel like I’ve been robbed of nine or ten months of my career but I feel fresh now and feel like I can offer a lot."
Of the injury that kept him out for so long, he explained: "It’s been a bit of a nightmare. I just had a niggling injury which for a while was just a rest and rehab thing and it should heal from there. I obviously did it last season but when I came back to pre-season to test it, it just wasn’t feeling right. I had a series of injections to try and regenerate some tissue repair, got dead close, I was training with the lads and was pencilled in for a reserve game and then for whatever reason it just went again. That was in September so I still had a whole season ahead of me. That’s when I went to see a surgeon in London and they’ve seen something on a scan which has probably been missed on an earlier one. He saw that the ligament had come away from the bone so it needed to be reattached. That was another four-to-five month process. So, yes, it’s been frustrating but the lads have done great. I’ve watched nearly every game and it’s nice to be finally back now and contributing."
April 16, 2017
Colchester United 1 Rovers 1
Good Friday's game at Colchester saw Rovers put in a lacklustre performance and yet again had to come back from conceding a first half goal to level matters just before the break.
Rovers were forced to make three changes to the squad, with James Coppinger, Andy Williams and Ian Lawlor unavailable due to injury.
Colchester took the game to Rovers, with the visitors unable to keep possession of the ball and create any meaningful chances.
And Rovers were punished on 16 minutes as they went behind to a good finish from Brennan Dickenson. The ball was squared to Richard Brindley, who flicked the ball past a static Rovers defence, allowing Dickenson to run in and crack the ball into the net.
Rovers could have been two goals down as the hosts hit the woodwork soon afterwards, but in a rare Rovers foray into the opposition penalty area, John Marquis was unlucky to see his shot blocked.
After a half where Rovers' attacks comprised aimless balls forward without necessarily aiming at anyone in particular, they managed to level matters on the stroke of half time as Baudry headed home from a Gary McSheffrey cross.
That was not enough to spare Baudry from boss Ferguson's anger, who hauled the defender off at half time to be replaced by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who was making his first appearance of the season. That, accompanied by a change in formation to utilise the "diamond" formation in midfield, transformed Rovers, who looked more creative and threatening.
However, they failed to take their chances and Rovers could have, should have gone on to win the game, with Alfie May particularly unlucky to be denied a goal.
April 16, 2017
What the managers said
A very dissatisfied Darren Ferguson answered questions from the press after Good Friday's draw at Colchester.
After the game, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "That was the most angry I've been all season - probably since we came here last year. We were miles off it. "It wasn't acceptable and I don't care whether we've been promoted or not, I'm not interested. I'm looking at things like next season and we want to win the league. We have kept a six-point gap over Plymouth but if we'd have played well in the first half, we probably would have won the game comfortably."
However, a change of formation at half time, things improved, and Ferguson added: "I'm disappointed we didn't win it in the end. We were the team in the ascendancy. Second half, I thought we were very good but the first half we were very, very poor. As poor as we've been for a long time. That was very disappointing. But the second half we showed much more what we're about and we should have won it."
"You have to give credit to Colchester. We knew they'd start the game lively. We knew they'd press. We were just second to everything. If we play in the first how we did in the second, we would have won the game comfortably."
He was very critical of the performance of defender Mathieu Baudry, and explained his half time substitution by saying: "He was rubbish. He did well to get the goal but he was miles away from it today. It wasn't good enough."
Colchester boss John McGreal was not happy to see a penalty appeal turned down, which could have seen his side go on to victory and to keeping up their promotion challenge via the play-offs.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I thought we finished the game really well and looking back on the video, it's a penalty. I went to see the referee afterwards and he seems to think that Rek initiates the foul first but it's two boys going for the ball and they're going to be grappling each other. Rek gets across him and he outweighs him - it's a penalty. But you're looking to win games of football and you would rather that the refs and the officials had nothing to do and we win the game on our own."
"It was a terrific strike again by Brennan (Dickenson). He’s scored 12 goals and so many assists and at the moment, it looks as though the ball is past the keeper as soon as he makes a strike because he’s got such a powerful left foot. We hit the post with a great strike from Chris Porter and I thought we were terrific in the first half. Conceding just before half-time meant we had a bit of a different team talk though and that was disappointing."
"It was a great game, and a great point for us against the league leaders. It was a tremendous game and the atmosphere was terrific. Doncaster came here after getting promoted but they weren't resting and they came to earn the championship. That set us up for a great game of football. We made a great start and we keep doing that at home - we now have to mirror that away from home."
April 16, 2017
Match highlights
Brief match highlights of Friday's draw at Colchester are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.
April 16, 2017
Rovers open "Ten year club"
Doncaster Rovers have decided that supporters who have maintained season ticket for all ten years that the club have been at the Keepmoat Stadium will become members of the "10 year club".
They have details of everyone who qualifies, and will be making an 'exclusive' pin badge available, free of charge, to them all.
To pick up your badge, please go to Main Reception during the week (9am to 4.30pm), or Collection Window C on match days between 1.30pm and 2.45pm.
You will need to produce this season's season ticket book when collecting your badge.
April 14, 2017
Colchester United v Rovers
Skipper James Coppinger remains doubtful for this afternoon's away game at Colchester United, and could well have to start the game from the bench as he struggles to recover from an ankle injury, which has affected him in recent weeks. Coppinger has not trained since the last game, by all accounts, but came on against Mansfield to produce an influential half-hour performance.
Liam Mandeville is not expected to recover in time and is expected to miss out, but Conor Grant is in with a chance of a return after being an unused substitute last weekend due to a groin strain. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair could again be on the bench as he continues to regain fitness after missing all of the season so far to recover from a serious knee injury.
Colchester will be unable to call upon the services of midfielder Owen Garvan, who has left the club due to personal reasons and has had his contract cancelled.
They will also be missing Sammie Szmodics (broken leg), Kurtis Guthrie (ankle), Chris Slater (groin), Frankie Kent (ankle), Denny Johnstone (knee) and Luke Prosser (knee), with midfielder Doug Loft on the way back from an Achilles injury, but today could be too soon for him to be involved.
The on loan Reading winger Tarique Fosu is expected to keep his place after an impressive performance last week.
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is well aware of the threat Colchester pose, after watching them recently. He told DROS: "I watched their game against Stevenage and they were very good, they are a handful and they have some very good players. They have a good mix of youth and experience, they’ve got a good energy about them, so it will be a tough game and the game against us at home and I think we were lucky to get the win actually."
Rovers played Colchester on Good Friday last year, with the U's winning the game 4-1, and Ferguson added: "I will be reminding the players about the game against Colchester last year, we can reflect back on it and it will be a difficult game no doubt about it but we are going there in a much better frame of mind this season."
April 14, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Colchester United are:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Andrew Laver and Anthony Da Costa
Fourth official: Garry Maskell
April 14, 2017
Voting results v Mansfield Town
Although we received nominations for nine different players as the "Man of the Match" for last weekend's home game against Mansfield Town, there was clearly only one player to catch the eye of the supporters, with Luke McCullough the runaway leader with well over half of the votes cast.
The players to receive most votes were:
1 Luke McCullough (58.82%)
2 Tommy Rowe (11.76%)
3= Matt Blair, James Coppinger, Andy Butler (5.88% each)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote; the next poll will open after today's game at Colchester United.
April 14, 2017
Butler warns - we want to go unbeaten to the end of the season
On the off chance that opposing clubs are hoping that Doncaster Rovers will be easing off the pressure now that promotion has been gained, club captain Andy Butler has stressed that the players are intent on keeping the pressure up, with their eyes on winning the championship as early as they can. And with Plymouth keeping up the pressure, Rovers have to keep winning for another week or two yet.
Speaking after last weekend's game, in which promotion was assured, Butler told the Doncaster Star: "There’s not many times in your career when you can win a league so you’ve got to take it when you’re in such a good position. The celebrations have been calm to be fair. There were a few but we keep concentrating on the big thing we want and that’s the title. The title is there to be won, we’re in pole position and hopefully we’ll go on to win it. I want us to go through the rest of the season unbeaten. I don’t know how many points it’ll take but I just want us to win every game and enjoy it."
"We’ve got a big P next to our names now. People think we’ll take the foot off the gas but we won’t. We’ll keep going, going, going. We want to win every game. People still have contracts to play for. Everyone has got to push us through training and hopefully we’ll get there sooner rather than later."
April 14, 2017
Agents fees report
Only two clubs in League Two paid more out to football agents in the twelve months to 31st January than Doncaster Rovers.
Portsmouth paid by far the most, more than double their nearest 'rival', paying out £175,344, with Leyton Orient coming second with £83,348. Rovers came third, paying out £71,896, and Cambridge United fourth, paying £62,620.
At the other end of the scale, Hartlepool United paid nothing at all to football agents in the year, while Wycombe Wanderer paid £1,622 and Crawley Town £3,300.
April 13, 2017
Hartlepool ticket allocation sold out
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have sold out their entire ticket allocation for the away game at Hartlepool United on Saturday, 6th May, which is the last game of the season.
Please note that there will be no tickets on sale to away supporters on the day of the match.
Rovers had issued a "sales strategy" which saw sales issued to various supporters in a priority order, as it was clear that demand would be high with supporters wanting to attend to celebrate promotion, and hopefully the championship.
Rovers received an allocation of 1,035 tickets for the game.
April 13, 2017
Award winning Rovers
Several awards went Doncaster Rovers' way at the EFL Awards in London last weekend, with John Marquis picking up the League Two "Player of the Year", beating James Coppinger and Luton striker Danny Hylton to win the trophy.
Rovers also saw their manager Darren Ferguson named as "Manager of the Year" for League Two, while former Rovers defender Enda Stevens was named in the team of the season for League Two.
There were also winners by way of Andy Butler picking up the PFA Community Player of the Year, while Paul Mayfield won the Supporter of the Year.
Congratulations go to all winners.
April 13, 2017
Injury update
Boss Darren Ferguson has reported that there are some players 'carrying knocks', but expects most to be fit to play a full part in the Easter set of matches. He has also hinted that he may make some changes either for Friday's game against Colchester United, or the Easter Monday home game against Blackpool.
James Coppinger is still doubtful due to an ankle injury which has limited how much training he has been able to do recently.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "Copps is ok but we'll have to see how he is. He only trained the day before the Mansfield game. He declared himself fit and obviously came on and did ok in the game, setting up the goal. But he's not trained since. I've got to be careful in how I use him but he's very aware of his own body in terms of he knows himself. We'll work together on that with whether he starts games or comes on."
He added: "There's one or two carrying knocks. I'm hopeful they're going to be ok. Certainly the ones who started the game last week are all fine. There are one or two players that will find it hard to play Friday and Monday, so that comes into my thinking with my selection."
Liam Mandeville is unlikely to play on Friday, but has an outside chance of being fit to play on Monday.
April 13, 2017
Marquis wants to stay
Top scorer John Marquis may be reported to be attracting attention from numerous clubs as high as the Championship, but an extended stay at Doncaster Rovers is his preferred option, as he enthused about the way boss Darren Ferguson has improved him as a player.
Marquis still has a full year left on his current deal, but it seems likely that Rovers will offer him an extension in the summer.
In a BBC Radio Sheffield interview, Marquis said: "I've got a year left on my contract and it would be nice to sit down and sort a new one out. There's no reason why I would want to go anywhere else, my football has come on so much."
"My tactical knowledge of the game has improved, my technique has improved and that is purely down to the manager (Darren Ferguson). He loves coaching and seeing improvements in players individually and as a team. He's a brilliant manager and I think we're lucky to have him."
April 10, 2017
Rovers 1 Mansfield Town 0
The first mission of the season was accomplished on Saturday, with the three points gained meaning that Doncaster Rovers were mathematically assured of promotion, no matter how results went elsewhere. Which is just as well, since the chasing few teams all kept up their own promotion challenges - but that matter little to Rovers, who will be tasting life in League One next season.
Mansfield arrived at the Keepmoat Stadium with ideas of picking up points to narrow the gap between them and the play-off places, and it was an edgy start to the game.
Darren Ferguson elected to send out an unchanged starting eleven, with Andy Williams retaining his place up front alongside top scorer John Marquis. While James Coppinger and Conor Grant were reported as being very doubtful during the week due to injuries, both were named on the substitutes' bench, as was Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who has missed all season due to injury.
The catalyst for an upturn in Rovers' performance came in the second half, when Ferguson made a double substitution, with Alfie May and James Coppinger replacing Andy Williams and Gary McSheffrey, and perhaps it was not surprising that it was the mercurial Coppinger who added the extra spark in Rovers' step.
And it was Coppinger's corner in the74th minute that provided the only goal of the game, with his curling corner finding Rowe on the edge of the six yard box, who flicked the ball into the net.
Mansfield had their chances to level things, with Baudry having to clear the ball off the line - but Rovers had the ball in the net again, only to have it disallowed for offside.
Unsurprisingly, despite pleas from the club, there was a pitch invasion at the end of the game to celebrate promotion, but most stayed in their seats to celebrate their club's achievements.
With five games to go, Rovers' attention now turns to making sure they win the championship. A six point advantage means that wins in three of the remaining five should be enough, as Rovers have a superior goal difference compared to Plymouth, and that always assumes that Plymouth win all of their remaining five games.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. If you would like to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
April 10, 2017
What the managers said
A delighted Darren Ferguson faced the press after Saturday's game which meant that Rovers were promoted back to League One after an absence of just one season and was quick to pay tribute to the way that the players have 'bought in' to his ideas and methods, turning things around after a disastrous second half of last season.
The signing of Tommy Rowe was, he said, the start of the bounce back. He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "There was a lot of interest in Tommy over the summer. Tommy was the one we wanted to get over the line first and that made a difference to us getting others in. They saw where we wanted to go with that signing. I’ve got to thank the board. They set me up with the recruitment over the summer. Over the summer the club could see where I wanted to go with it and they trusted me with that."
Fergie was well aware that it was important to get out of League Two at the first attempt, adding: "The longer you’re in it (League Two), the harder it gets. Portsmouth have shown that. I don’t think you can say that we were expected to bounce back. It doesn’t work like that in football. This is a great achievement for the club."
"The main focus all week and in the team talk before the game was to do it in front of our own fans. It was our first real opportunity to do it and really this was the perfect scenario. There was certain ways we could have got over the line but we wanted to do it by winning the game and showing the style we'd shown all season. I didn't think it was the best performance but the win is the most important thing."
"I said to the players before the game 'we are going to get this done but how do we do it? By default with other teams losing or do you want to do it by winning the game?'. The players showed tremendous character. It's massive turnaround from where we were 12 months ago and I have to thank the board. We recruited good characters and I have got a dressing room I can trust."
Mansfield boss Steve Evans still has his eyes on a play-off place, and thought that his side's performance against the champions-elect gave him confidence that he is not far away from a promotion-winning side at Field Mill.
He said after the game: "They deserve to be promoted, Doncaster Rovers, and my personal best wishes go to Darren, his staff and of course his players. I've had them (the celebrations) a number of times and they're very, very special when they come and so is the manager who's just had that. They're a wonderful side, we take nothing away from them, we'll let them enjoy their promotion and we'll just continue to be frustrated by decisions. I don't want to take anything away from what Doncaster Rovers have achieved. If that's the benchmark, then this football club will be in and around it next year."
Evans was particularly frustrated at being denied a penalty appeal in the second half, commenting: "Well if last week's is a penalty, this week's is assault. There's no intention (to get the ball). Alfie's gone by him, he's got wonderful low trajectory, he's twisting inside the guy. I've watched it back on the video – let the Stags fans judge it. I think they thought last week we could understand maybe why the ref gave it (the penalty for Exeter City) (but) there was double-hand full contact today. Alfie's got pushed over in the box and, interestingly, about a minute later he (the referee) gives one (a foul) to them for a push in the middle of the park. I said to the fourth official 'what's the difference?' and his reply was 'none'."
He added: "The good thing is if we go to Wycombe and get a positive result and you tell me it's still four points (to the play-off places), I'll be a little bit happier going home. I'm still not happy with the decision in added time – we could've come here and drawn and reduced the deficit, which would have been a major boost for us. We'll just continue to work hard on the training ground on Monday. You're never out of it until you're out of it. At Rotherham a few years ago we needed to win the last five to get promoted and we won the last five. The aim now is to win next week. We've got another difficult one down at Wycombe but we'll go there and we'll certainly work hard, but nothing changes."
April 10, 2017
Match highlights

There are some brief match highlights of Saturday's game available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 10, 2017
Goals review
Unfortunately, due to the changes made in some other web sites, it isn't as easy to spot former Rovers players scoring in Football League matches as it used to be.
But nevertheless, we battle on, and begin this weeks' review in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, where Bradley Grayson scored a 71st minute penalty to give Buxton a 2-1 victory over Coalville Town.
Across the water in Ireland, Sean Thornton also scored from the penalty spot for Drogheda United, who eventually beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1, thanks to a 90th minute own goal.
Looking back a few days, Jon Parkin scored in the 83rd minute for York City, who won 3-1 at Macclesfield in the National League, which helps their league position and pulls out of the relegation places. However, their league position is still perilous as they are only one point above the bottom four.
In the National League North, David Syers scored twice for Darlington 1883 (next season to be called 'Darlington') as they drew 3-3 at Gainsborough Trinity.
And a couple of Saturdays ago, Bradley Grayson scored one of Buxton's six goals as they thrashed Skelmersdale United 6-0 away from home.
Finally, in the more familiar land of the Football League, Adebayo Akinfenwa scored as Wycombe Wanderers beat Hartlepool United 2-0 at Victoria Park.
April 8, 2017
Rovers v Mansfield Town
Speaking ahead of today's home game against Mansfield, Darren Ferguson has revealed that there are big doubts over whether James Coppinger and Conor Grant will be fit enough to play.
Coppinger missed last week's game with an ankle injury, and does not appear to have recovered sufficiently, while Conor Grant has a groin injury that forced him to also sit out the Grimsby game.
However, defender Niall Mason has recovered after sustaining an ankle injury against Grimsby that forced his substitution during the game.
Striker Liam Mandeville will miss out again, but Rovers could be boosted by the return of defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who has not played so far this season due to an injury picked up in the closing moments of last season. Gary McSheffrey and Luke McCullough made their first starts of the season last weekend, and are likely to be given another opportunity this afternoon.
Mansfield Town will give a late fitness test to defender Hayden White, who missed last weekend's defeat against Exeter City due to injury, but they could welcome back Yoann Arquin, who missed out last week.
Definitely missing will be Par Hoban and Scott Shearer, who are both injured.
April 8, 2017
Ferguson unconcerned about injury absentees
Key midfielders James Coppinger and Conor Grant are set to miss today's game against Mansfield, but Darren Ferguson is confident that there is sufficient strength in the Rovers squad to cope with their absences.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Fergie said: "Copps is a major doubt for Saturday. Conor you’d rate as a doubt as well.They could both be fit for Saturday but it’ll be touch and go, particularly for Copps."
"Niall Mason is fine. He’s trained both days so far this week. Liam Mandeville will definitely be out. He’s another couple of weeks away."
The performance of the team last weekend, when the midfield duo were missing, gives him optimism, as he added: "The ones that came in did really well. That’s the squad we’ve got. McCullough will come on from playing another game and McSheffrey will come on after making the start. I’m not overly concerned about the injuries. Copps has been fantastic in that position and Conor has done well. But this is why we have a squad. When you can bring in McCullough and McSheffrey, that’s really good quality in the middle of the pitch, which is what we need. I thought they did fine on Saturday. I thought they did very well."
April 8, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home League Two game against Mansfield Town are:
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant referees: Danny Markham and Paul Thompson
Fourth official: Wayne Grunnill
April 8, 2017
Voting results v Grimsby Town
Unfortunately we again have to apologise for the lengthy delay between updates on this web site, but the end is in sight and more frequent postings should resume this week.
We were pleased to receive nominations for the "Man of the Match" of last weekend's away game at Grimsby Town, which were concentrated between four players, who received votes as follows:
1 John Marquis (71.43%)
2 Luke McCullough (14.2%)
3 Matty Blair (9.52%)
4 Tommy Rowe (4.76%)
Thank you to everyone who took part; the next poll will open after today's game against Mansfield Town.
April 8, 2017
Evans - defeat to Rovers not end of the world
Its almost as if he is expecting his Mansfield side to lose this afternoon, but Stags boss Steve Evans has said that defeat for his players today will not be the end of the world as far as their chances of finishing in the play-off places in League Two.
The Stags are presently four points off the top seven with six games to go, and Evans has set his side a target of four wins from those six games to finish in the top seven.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, he said: "We need to win four from six – I have never hidden that. That is our objective and it helps if we need to win three from five after Saturday. That's just a simple calculation. We need to keep ourselves in contention over the next couple of weeks. I would go as far as to say if we lost at Doncaster and we lost or only took one point over Easter, it would be time up for the play-offs."
"You have to live in the real world and not be coming out and making statements that people just think you're bonkers. We have to have a points return between now and the end of the Easter period and then it's up to us."
Evans rates Rovers as the best team they have played this season, by evidence of the New Year's Eve clash, and added: "They are largely the same team and they were the best team we've played. I know we drew the game and they were probably fortunate to only be one down at one stage. But we were very fortunate it was 1-1 at the end when they hit the post."
"Like we saw with Exeter and Plymouth, good teams will always have a spell and you have to make sure, if you are having the bulk of pressure and chances, that you've done enough in that period to make sure one goal from them doesn't change it all round again. If we are still in the game at 70 to 75 minutes, I will take my chances thereon in. The boys are in good spirits and we have an idea how we are going to play. It will be a wonderful party atmosphere and I love those atmospheres. I have to make sure my players continue to play with their hearts but engage their brains a bit earlier."
April 8, 2017
Ferguson praises Marquis
Boss Darren Ferguson has praised striker John Marquis, hailing him as one of his best signings, and promptly issued a 'hands off' warning to clubs reported to be set to attempt to sign the prolific marksman in the summer.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, Darren commented: "Yes, he is [one of my best ever signings]. He’s a good character. Every day in training he’s at it. He can be a pain in the a*** but he’s a good lad, I like him. He’s at it. I like him because he challenges you and you need to be switched on and you need to be prepared. He wants it done right. He’s been perfect for what we needed, not just out on the pitch but the way he leads by example on the training ground and the way he is in the dressing room."
"You buy players, bring them into the club and you might get a bit of praise off people saying ‘that’s a good signing’ but it’s up to the players to buy into what you do. That’s my job, to get the players to do that. And I think they have done, the players that we’ve signed have all done that. Matty Blair, he’s another one, he’s been absolutely outstanding and I was bit surprised he wasn’t in the team of the year."
There have been reports in the press that link Norwich City, Ipswich Town, Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City, Barnsley and Sheffield United with a potential summer swoop for Marquis.
Marquis's contract has a further year to run at Doncaster Rovers, so a sizeable transfer fee would undoubtedly be quoted as a deterrent if anyone were to make a bid, with Ferguson known to have no intention in parting with the key members of his squad.
April 3, 2017
Grimsby Town 1 Rovers 5
Doncaster Rovers extended their lead at the top of the League Two table to six points and now are just one win away from having promotion confirmed with this emphatic victory at Blundell Park. With the match kicking off earlier than their promotion rivals, it was essential for Rovers to win, but the early stages did not look promising, with Grimsby playing well in the first half hour and the hosts took the lead on 34 minutes.
Rovers equalised within three minutes through John Marquis, who went on to hit a 'perfect' hat-trick - one left footed shot, one right footed and one header - with Andy Williams and Alfie May contributing the other two goals.
Rovers were forced into making a number of changes to the starting line-up, with Conor Grant and James Coppinger dropping out due to injuries, with Luke McCullough and Gary McSheffrey replacing them, while Andy Williams was recalled at the expense of Alfie May, who dropped to the bench. But those changes did not affect the overall Rovers performance, and gives boss Darren Ferguson some things to consider ahead of naming his next team.
We are sorry for the lack of updates for the last week, and will do our utmost to catch up as quickly as time allows.
April 3, 2017
What the managers said
A delighted Darren Ferguson gave his post-match press conference after watching his Rovers side thrash Grimsby Town to confirm their promotion credentials and to move closer to the League Two title.
Contrasting the situation this time last year with now, Fergie started off by saying: "Last season was as low as it’s ever been for me as a manager. You need time to get your methods across and it's a different look to the club; sometimes you need to take one step back to take two or three forward. The place was stale and needed a massive lift. But the board have been great and there’s a different look and a different freshness to the club now."
"We need to finish the job off now. The place was stale and needed a massive lift. Hopefully the first part isn’t too far off now."
Of the match itself, Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a magnificent performance. Five goals away from home shows it’s been a very good day. It’s been a great day and we’re nearly there with promotion. We felt that we needed a reaction after last week. There was one or two things said, and the reaction and message today is we have done our bit, let's see what the rest do."
"We have been transformed into a team which has a great work ethic and that's the big change for us as a football club.
"It was a fantastic day and performance. It's great for the fans. 5-1, you can't ask for more really. The start of the game was poor, we didn't do the basics right. They won all the second balls, they won every tackle. We knew they would press us and try to match us up which they did. The reaction after that was superb. And in the second half we've gone on to win comfortably."
Grimsby boss Marcus Bignot was disappointed with how the game panned out, especially after they had played well for the first half hour and taken the lead.
Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph after the game, he said: "I thought we started really well and were really positive. There were a lot of encouraging signs. We got ourselves ahead, which was a real bonus, but within a few minutes, we were 2-1 down going into half-time. If we'd held out for that period, then, certainly, the second half would have been a different story to how it ended."
"You ask Darren Ferguson how well we started. You ask him how many problems we caused them early on. Twelve months ago we were in the National League – they were in League One. We started well and got in front and if we could have held out to half-time, I guarantee we would not have been having this conversation. But we didn't and now we are having that discussion."
"We've just got to get that belief, if we do, we will go onto score goals," he added. “I don’t like losing football matches and I’m not going to hide. I thought that we started really positively and we got ourselves ahead, but then we conceded almost immediately. John Marquis was left free in the box and that is nothing at all to do with systems or shapes. That is down to an individual mistake and we’ve been punished."
April 3, 2017
Rovers edge closer
Doncaster Rovers moved closer to taking automatic promotion with Saturday's early kick-off win over Grimsby Town. With nearest rivals Plymouth Argyle going down to 1a 1-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley, the gap at the top stretched to six points again, and with fourth placed Stevenage being 16 points behind Rovers with six games to play, another three on the Rovers tally will mean a top three place is assured, no matter whether Stevenage get maximum points or not in their remaining games.
Rovers have, incidentally already qualified for the play-off places, as 8th placed Blackpool would still be three points adrift if they won all their games and Rovers lost all theirs - which isn't going to happen!
Portsmouth improved their chances of automatic promotion by beating struggling Hartlepool United, and open up a six point gap on Stevenage, and close the gap on Plymouth to four points.
April 3, 2017
Match officials v Grimsby Town
The match officials appointed by the Football League for Saturday's away game at Grimsby Town were:
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant referees: Darren Cain and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Ross Joyce
April 3, 2017
Match highlights v Grimsby Town

There are match highlights of Saturday's away game at Grimsby Town on the Sky Sports web site.
To watch the best bits of the game, please click on their logo to the left.

April 3, 2017
Voting results v Plymouth Argyle

With apologies for the delay in confirming the results of last Sunday's home game against Plymouth Argyle, we were pleased to receive votes for seven different players.
We had a clear winner, with Matty Blair picking up around one in three of all the votes cast.
Those players receiving the most votes were:
1 Matty Blair (34.78%)
2 Tommy Rowe (21.74%)
3 Mathieu Baudry (17.39%)
The voting for the away game at Grimsby Town is now open.

April 3, 2017
Travel information to Colchester United
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Colchester United on Friday, 14th April.
The coaches will leave Retford at 8.30am, Bawtry 8.45am, Harworth 8.35am, Rossington 8.45am, Hare & Tortoise 8.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.00am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.15am.
Fares for the trip are:
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 (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
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.
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.
To view this, please click on their logo to the left.

March 27, 2017
Match highlights

Some match highlights of yesterday's match against Plymouth Argyle are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

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.
March 26, 2017
Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Leaders Doncaster Rovers welcome second placed Plymouth Argyle to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon in what could be a title decider, as if Rovers were to win, they would be nine points clear at the top with seven games to go. As it is, a win for Rovers this afternoon would mean they only need one more win to clinch automatic promotion, which would be a remarkable feat to achieve before the end of March.
Rovers have no new injury concerns to consider, with goalkeeper Ian Lawlor fit to resume duties after being forced off at half time with a groin strain last weekend.
Darren Ferguson also has Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor Sinclair available for the run-in to the end of the season, but a place on the bench is as much as we suspect either can hope for today. Defender Tyler Garratt has been recalled from his loan at Eastleigh and is available for selection.
Plymouth boss Derek Adams could stick with the same starting eleven as drew against Morecambe last week, although Ryan Taylor and Gary Sawyer have recovered from knee and Achilles injuries respectively and could be hoping for recalls after being named as substitutes last time out.
Midfielder Connor Smith is definitely missing with an ankle injury.
March 26, 2017
Ferguson - Plymouth game is 'cup final'
Boss Darren Ferguson is relishing the prospect of the visit of Plymouth Argyle for this afternoon's televised match, recognising that Rovers are out for revenge after losing 2-0 at Home Park earlier this season.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Ferguson said: "Next week is a cup final now. We win that and we are nine points ahead of them with seven games to go. We felt a little bit hard done by when we lost at their place so it is a massive game."
Speaking to DROS on Friday, he added: "“The players are in a good place and that comes with winning games as well as being in a good position in the league. We need to take the opportunity to extend the gap between ourselves and Plymouth on Sunday. The title is not sewn up and neither is promotion. Looking at it, we’ve got a great chance but we need to keep ourselves motivated, that will be easy on Sunday as the facts are simple – if we win then we go nine points clear of second. It’ll be a very similar game to the one at their place, they’ll sit off us and try and play on the counter attack – which they’re very good at. There is no doubt that the first goal will be crucial."
March 26, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's League Two home game against Plymouth Argyle are:
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant referees: Steven Meredith and James Wilson
Fourth Official: Scott Duncan
March 26, 2017
A minute's silence today

All Football League fixtures this weekend have been preceded by a minute's silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on Westminster on Wednesday afternoon.
Following on from yesterday's games, there will be a minute's silence held in advance of this afternoon's match at the Keepmoat Stadium, which supporters are urged to observe with respect.

March 26, 2017
Garratt returns to Rovers
Rovers defender Tyler Garratt has been recalled from his loan at National League Premier Division club Eastleigh, and is available for all remaining matches of the season at Rovers.
The 20 year old, who made 11 appearances for Eastleigh since joining them in January, scored his first senior goal for them in their 1-1 draw at Sutton United in January.
A downturn in fortunes at Eastleigh, coupled with a change in management at the club, and has not featured for them since their 3-1 defeat at York City on 4th March.
March 25, 2017
Colchester ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Colchester United on Friday, 14th April (Good Friday) are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,028 tickets for the game which are now on general sale.
There is a different set of prices, all depending on when you buy tickets, which are as follows:
Until 26th March:
27th March to 9th April: Adults £17.50 - Senior Citizens (65+) £12.50 - Armed Forces £12.50 - Young Person (18-21) £12.50 - Under 18s £9.50 - Under 14s £4 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
10th April to 13th April: Adults £19 - Senior Citizens (65+) £14 - Armed Forces £16 - Young Person (18-21) 15 - Under 18s £11 - Under 14s £4.50 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
Ticket bought on match day: Adults £21 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Armed Forces £16 - Young Person (18-21) £17 - Under 18s £13 - Under 14s £5 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
The free U11 is on a one (adult/senior) to four basis. After this the additional U11 cost will apply.
Wheelchair and ambulant disabled pay appropriate price, with the carer free of charge.
March 25, 2017
Ferguson on Mandeville's return to fitness
Boss Darren Ferguson has said that Liam Mandeville "needs to manage himself a bit better".
The young striker is now fit for selection after recovering from a thigh injury, but as part of his recovery picked up a tight thigh that delayed his return.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson commented: "It’s about knowing your body and doing certain things. I’m all for the enthusiasm and keenness to do extra. But you’ve got to know if there’s a certain tightness in a certain part of your body, then just leave things. I probably would have said that about Liam regardless of whether he’d have picked up this injury or not. I think for most young players, that comes with experience. It wasn’t a criticism of him. It’s as you get more experience you know it’s going to be less beneficial to show that enthusiasm if you’re going to be out. I’ve had a good chat with him. I think it’s a good lesson. As long as you learn from it, that’s the main thing."
March 25, 2017
Boss confident that key players will stay
Boss Darren Ferguson is confident that key personnel in the Rovers squad will stay in the summer, despite some being out of contract at the end of the season.
Marko Marosi, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey and Joe Pugh will be out of contract in the summer, although a deal with Marosi is virtually completed
Top goal scorer John Marquis is under contract until the end of next season, and on being asked by the Doncaster Free Press as to whether he would be offered an extension, the Rovers chief said: "It’s something we will deal with and it’s something that’s on the list. But I haven’t got any concerns about it at the moment. I don’t think the fans need to be concerned about us losing our best players. I haven’t got any worries about it. Don’t get me wrong, if someone comes in and blows you out of the water then... But certainly the conversations with the owners and Gavin Baldwin have all been very positive. We’re trying to keep the momentum going within the football club. If the fans are concerned, I would definitely be saying they don’t need to concern themselves."
"But obviously the season ends in May and not now and we have got bigger things to think about i.e. getting promoted. That’s the number one thing we need to get done. I’ve not had anyone knock on my door and say ‘I’m out of contract’. They know that once it’s done, or if we get it done, that getting promoted is the most important thing. The sooner the better for everyone, but we’re not counting our chickens. We’ve just got to concentrate on finishing this job off."
March 25, 2017
McCullough - I'm ready!
Rovers defender Luke McCullough is ready to return to action - if selected by Darren Ferguson.
He successfully came through an hour of a training ground practice match on Tuesday, and has his eye on a return to competitive action, although tomorrow's game against Plymouth Argyle is unlikely.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Luke said: "I’m hoping to get some games in, it depends if the manager wants to put me in the squad. I do think I’m ready now. I played sixty minutes in a game at the training ground this week against the Nike Academy and I felt fit. It was good to get some minutes in the legs. I’ve worked hard in the gym and I feel as fit as I have done in a while. I feel like I’m ready to be involved but obviously it’s up to the manager. This weekend might be too soon but there’s plenty of games left."
He acknowledged that, with the team flying high at the top of the league, it will not be a foregone thing that he will go straight back into the team.
He added: "Obviously I’m not going to walk straight back into the team. I’ll have to work at it. It’s nice to be in the position we’re in and if we can get promoted a bit earlier it takes a bit of pressure off and gives me more licence to come into the team and get some minutes before the season ends."
March 23, 2017
McCullough closes in on first team return
Darren Ferguson has revealed that Luke McCullough has made great progress as he recovers from knee ligament damage suffered in a pre-season match, and has taken part in a training ground practice match against the Nike Football Academy on Tuesday.
Luke had been expected to miss the whole of the season, but there is a realistic chance that he could feature in some of the remaining games this season - although Sunday's home game against Plymouth is likely to be too early.
Ferguson told the Free Press last week: "If he continues the way he is, touch wood, certainly he’ll be back for the last five or six games. He’s been brilliant this week. Outstanding. It was a really hard, demanding session that I did with him on Monday. He took a few knocks, won a few tackles and that was exactly what he needed. He was a bit stiff on Tuesday but we got it out of him. He’s way ahead of schedule."
Ferguson is wary of bringing the Northern Ireland international back too quickly, but equally does not want to hold him back unnecessarily. He added: "I’m not going to rush him because sometimes players are looking good but they might get another muscle injury because they’ve been out for so long. It happens quite a lot. But obviously you don’t want to put the reins on him too much. We’ve got to be careful. I’ll go off what the boy says. He’s an honest lad. He’s had that experience of taking a few knocks in training. Someone has tackled him, which he’s not had for a long time. For him, that must be great."
March 23, 2017
Grimsby ticket allocation sold out
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have sold out their entire allocation of tickets for the away game at Grimsby Town, which is on Saturday, 1st April.
Please also note that no tickets will be sold to away fans on the day of the match.
Finally, due to police advice, please remember that the kick-off for the game has been brought forward to 1pm.
March 23, 2017
Pre-season trip to Thailand planned - next year!
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are planning to hold a training camp in Thailand as part of their preparation for the 2018/19 season. It had been expected that they would go this summer, but it has been put off for twelve months to allow more planning of training schedules etc., to make sure the players are in top condition for the start of the following season.
Boss Darren Ferguson told DROS earlier this month: "This tour will enhance our preparations for the 2018/19 campaign, and we are fully committed to the trip. It will provide a real opportunity for team building and set us up for a successful season."
March 23, 2017
Travel information to Grimsby Town
The departure times for the coaches being run by the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are now earlier than previously advertised due to the kick-off of the game being brought forward by two hours to 1pm.
That means that departure times from all points will now be: Retford at 9.30am, Bawtry 9.45am, Harworth 9.35am, Rossington 9.45am, Hare & Tortoise 9.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.00pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.15pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £13 - Concessions £12
Non-members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) after 6pm, Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm or Steve Warnes (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
March 23, 2017
County "astonished" by Sheridan appeal
Notts County owner Alan Hardy has said that he is 'astonished' to receive a notification from the League Managers Association that John Sheridan, who was dismissed for gross misconduct in January, with Sheridan receiving a five match touchline ban for the same incident, in which he issued a "foul-mouthed tirade" against the match officials during County's 2-0 defeat to Wycombe in December.
Hardy said in a statement issued to the Press Association: "I was astonished to receive notification from the LMA that Mr Sheridan has decided to appeal his dismissal. We have sent back an extremely robust five page document re-affirming the transparent reasons behind our course of action."
"As well as being owner of Notts County, I am heavily involved in youth football, running a series of teams at Under 8s and Under 10s. Every week I see the influence that the professional game has on young boys and girls from as young as six years old. The conduct shown by Mr Sheridan towards the match officials in this instance was nothing short of scandalous. I am not prepared to tolerate any member of my staff abusing referees and officials in this manner."
"I fully appreciate that the League Managers Association have a duty of care to represent their membership. But surely even a professional body like the LMA realise they are being asked to defend the indefensible. Mr Sheridan clearly believes this 'industrial language' is used in everyday workplaces. Not in my place of work, it's not. And nor at my football club."
"A five match touchline ban is one of the lengthiest and strongest punishments they have issued to any manager this season. For me, this is not just about John Sheridan, the LMA and Notts County. This case has much wider significance and repercussions for the English game as a whole. Over the past years, the FA have instigated a series of very admirable 'Respect' initiatives designed to improve conduct across the game. I'd think we'd all agree that excellent progress has been made but that much more clearly still needs to be done. Mr Sheridan and the LMA are effectively trying to run a coach and horses through the concept of respect in football. Potentially, they can set us back years if they continue to appeal the decision."
Sheridan played for Doncaster Rovers in a few matches of their first season in the Conference.
March 22, 2017
Ferguson plans for table top clash
Doncaster Rovers have eight days between last Saturday's game at Leyton Orient and their next game, which is the televised game at home to Plymouth Argyle on Sunday afternoon.
However, Darren Ferguson is keen to balance the need to recover from recent games with staying in peak form ready for the next game.
As Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "We gave them Monday off but Tuesday and Wednesday will be hard sessions. We’ve got to keep on top of them. We need to keep an edge to their game. You can make the mistake sometimes of leaning off them a little bit.We need to keep that physical aspect to our game. So we need to lean a little bit on them Tuesday and Wednesday and then again Friday and Saturday."
He was full of praise for the performance on Saturday, adding: "I think it really made a difference because the way we were pressing at Orient at the end was just non-stop. It was a fantastic effort from the players."
March 22, 2017
Injury concern for keeper
Darren Ferguson was playing down the seriousness of the groin injury that caused Ian Lawlor to be substituted at half time of Saturday's away game at Leyton Orient, with Marko Marosi, just back from injury, getting his first taste of action for several weeks.
Ferguson revealed: "“Ian’s just felt his groin and it was getting worse so he couldn’t really kick. We’ll look at Ian and hope he’s fine. I’m pretty optimistic he will be, it’s just a niggle on his groin, I wouldn’t anticipate he’ll be out for next week. Marko came on and was a wee bit rusty. He was fine, he didn’t have much to do."
March 22, 2017
Blayney moves to Dundela
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Alan Blayney has joined Dundela after asking for a transfer from Ballymena United earlier this season.
The 35 year old keeper has played four games for Dundela now, and has been on the losing side only once.
He told Belfast Live earlier in the month: "It’s not a one-way thing, I want to help Dundela as much as I can. I had a good chat with Stephen [Gourley] before I signed and was very impressed. I came here first and foremost because I want to play football, but I also want to achieve things and help this club achieve things."
"Dundela has plenty of pedigree and some very talented players in the squad so all the ingredients are there. I’ve actually been taken aback by just how good things are and how professional the club is in everything it does. It’s been really good and they’ve been great with me ever since I joined. I want to repay that and help Dundela get promoted back to where they deserve to be. We try and play a good style of football and the results have been very good."
Dundela are in sixth place on the Premier Intermediate League in Northern Ireland, 10 points behind second placed Newry City and 16 behind leaders Limavady United.
March 22, 2017
Griffith moves to Trafford
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has completed a transfer from Glossop North End to Trafford, who play in the Northern Premier League Division One North.
He began his career with Halifax Town before making the move to Doncaster Rovers in 2005, but he struggled to win a regular first team place and went out on loan to Oxford United in March 2006. Loans to Darlington and Stafford Rangers came the following season, before spending the 2007/08 campaign on loan at Halifax Town before being released by Rovers in the summer of 2008.
That led to a move to Port Vale, where he became a first team regular, and was their Player of the Year in 2010. He moved to Leyton Orient in May 2012 before returning to Vale Park in March 2013 on loan, rejoining on a permanent basis in summer 2013.
A further move to Shrewsbury Town came in August 2014, and then to Carlisle United in January 2015. He stayed there for six months before moving south to join Altrincham, but then decided to retire from playing in September 2015.
However, he was persuaded to come out of retirement to play for Glossop North End in September 2016.
March 22, 2017
Dino leaves Newport
Ex-Rovers striker Dino Maamria has left League Two strugglers Newport County as a consequence of the sacking of their manager, Graham Westley, a couple of weeks ago.
Maamria was assistant manager to Westley, but the management team was dismissed after the club found themselves 11 points adrift at the bottom of League Two and staring relegation out of the Football League in the face.
Newport County issued a statement that read: "Newport County AFC Board of Directors met yesterday evening. As a result, the Club can confirm that Manager Graham Westley has been relieved of his first team duties with immediate effect. In addition, Assistant Manager Dino Maamria will also be leaving the club. The Board of Directors would like to place on record its thanks to Graham and Dino for their hard work in challenging circumstances. Graham has worked extremely hard in improving standards throughout the Club."
March 22, 2017
Voting results v Leyton Orient
Thank you to everyone who voted in the latest "Man of the Match" poll, which was for the away game at Leyton Orient on Saturday.
We got votes for five different players, but leading goal scorer John Marquis was the clear winner with exactly half of the vote.
The votes went as follows:
1 John Marquis (50.0%)
2 Tommy Rowe (28.57%)
The remainder of the votes were shared between Niall Mason, James Coppinger and Matty Blair.
The next vote will open after Sunday's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
March 21, 2017
Wellens quits playing
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has announced that he has retired from playing to concentrate on a coaching career.
The 36 year old had recently joined Macclesfield Town, but has now decided to end his playing career, but is now looking for a coaching appointment after completing his UEFA A and B licences.
Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Wellens said: "I decided my body couldn't cope with the training and playing anymore and I had to listen to my body. I am doing a little bit in the media and I am sending out my CV to clubs to try and get a start on the ladder. I want to learn my trade and I am considering what level to go in at, although I will probably start at academy level, working with 15 and 16-year-olds."
"I want to start out of the limelight and learn, making my mistakes away from the public eye. You see a lot of young managers go straight in at the deep end and try and run before they can walk. They make mistakes and their reputation is damaged. I want to make a steadier progress."
March 21, 2017
Three from Rovers named in "Team of the season"
There may still be over a month of the season to go, but the EFL have revealed their "Team of the Season" for each division in the Football League.
Midfielder James Coppinger and John Marquis have been recognised for their exploits on the field of play, while boss Darren Ferguson has been named as the top manager in League Two.
Also named in the League Two team is former Rovers defender Enda Stevens, who is now at Portsmouth.
Former Rovers players have also been recognised in the League One team named by the EFL, with former loan defender David Wheater, who is now at Bolton Wanderers, named alongside striker Billy Sharp, who is having a prolific season at Sheffield United.
The full League Two team of the year is: David Forde (Portsmouth), Enda Stevens (Portsmouth), Christian Burgess (Portsmouth), Sonny Bradley (Plymouth), Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool) , Graham Carey (Plymouth), James Coppinger (Doncaster), Brad Potts (Blackpool), Matt Godden (Stevenage), John Marquis (Doncaster), Ollie Watkins (Exeter)
Manager: Darren Ferguson (Doncaster)
March 21, 2017
Voting results v Notts County
We received nominations for seven different players to be the "Man of the Match" for last Tuesday's away game at Notts County. Midfielder James Coppinger ended up as the clear winner, gaining around half of all votes cast, even after discounting some attempts at multiple voting for various names.
Those players to receive the most votes were:
1 James Coppinger (52.17%)
2 Alfie May (20.83%)
3 Niall Mason (13.04%)
Thanks go to everyone who took the time to vote. The voting for Saturday's away win at Leyton Orient remains open, with the result due to be announced on Wednesday morning.
March 21, 2017
Paynter out for the season
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Paynter will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed by Hartlepool United that he has had surgery on an Achilles tendon injury.
The 32 year old has not played for Hartlepool since January, and the club initially tried to resolve the problem with a series of injections, but they failed to resolve the problem and surgery proved necessary.
Billy has been the club skipper this season and has scored four goals - last season he was their top scorer with 15 goals.
Their head physio, Ian Gallagher, has confirmed that Paynter will miss the rest of the season, but is expected to report back for the start of pre-season training after the summer break.
March 21, 2017
Ticket offer for Plymouth game
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are offering season ticket holders a special deal for this weekend's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
With the top two clashing on Sunday at the Keepmoat Stadium, and the match scheduled to be televised live on Sky Sports, Rovers are obviously keen to have as large a crowd as possible for the TV cameras.
They are offering season ticket holders the chance to exchange any unused season ticket match vouchers from this season to enable a friend or family member to watch the Plymouth game for the reduced price of £10.
Tickets are still available at the usual price (from £17 for adults) for those who are unable to take advantage of the above offer.
The ticket office will be open 9am to 4.30pm today and tomorrow, 9am to 7pm on Thursday, 9am to 4pm on Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturday.
They are also scheduled to open from midday until kick-off on Sunday.
Please remember that, due to the demands of television, the game on Sunday will kick off at 2.45pm.
March 20, 2017
Leyton Orient 1 Rovers 4
John Marquis scored another two goals to take his seasonal total to 23 as Doncaster Rovers picked up an important three points to maintain their lead at the top of the League Two table.
Rovers too the lead when Tommy Rowe scored his 12th goal of the season to crack a 20 yard shot past the goalkeeper after latching on to a loose clearance - but Rovers' lead only lasted eight minutes, as Leyton Orient equalised a minute before half time as Parkes slid the ball past Ian Lawlor.
Rovers regained the lead ten minutes into the second half, and after that there was only one team going to win the game. John Marquis intercepted a square pass across the goal by defender Aron Pollock, and confidently fired home, albeit the ball going into the net off the post, with a 20 yard shot.
Chances which fell to substitutes Andy Williams and Gary McSheffrey could have made Rovers' win even more emphatic, but Marquis showed them how it was done in the 82nd minute, when he met a cross from McSheffrey to plant the ball in the home net.
Three minutes later and it was four for Rovers, as Baudry volleyed home from a McSheffrey corner.
That leaves Rovers 17 points ahead of fourth placed Stevenage, with automatic promotion fast becoming certainty, and sets things up nicely for the visit of second placed Plymouth Argyle next weekend.
March 20, 2017
What the managers said
Boss Darren Ferguson heaped praise on the way his Rovers side went about their business against crisis club Leyton Orient, who are not only battling against relegation out of the Football League, but face a winding up petition in the High Court this lunch time, with a debt of over £125,000 owed to HMRC threatening their very existence.
But Rovers looked in a different class against a home side which featured several teenagers.
Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "Once we got the second goal, we were pretty ruthless. In the first half, we didn't do the basics well enough, we were a bit ill-disciplined in that sense. So we just said at half-time to do the basics right and be a bit more concentrated and disciplined and of course, we knew we would get chances. We missed three really good ones at 1-1 but the second goal came from great pressing and it's a fantastic finish by John Marquis. An outstanding finish. Then the third and fourth killed it."
"There was no complacency in our in our part, we were just a little ill-disciplined in leaving ourselves open to the counter-attack hence their equaliser."
"It's a fantastic win for us, four more goals and 78 points. We are in the right place at a pivotal time in the season."
Leyton Orient boss Danny Webb admitted that the off-field problems were not helping the club. He said: "It's natural for the winding-up order to be on our minds. It's just something else to add to all we've all had to deal with in the last few months and you just have to tell yourself that if it's not going to kill you, it makes you stronger. Hopefully we'll come out on the positive side on Monday although I don't know which way it's going to go, but that is obviously the priority of everyone connected with the club."
"I thought that we were playing ever so well and it was a terrific goal we scored on the counter-attack. It's just disappointing that is not the only thing we are talking about that might have given us a well-earned point. But mistakes were made and we looked more shaky as the game went on and we got truly punished. There was a lot of naivety and a lot of young minds out there and mistakes were made. But I'm not afraid to put the young players in because I know that if they go through this, then this time next season, they won't be making those same mistakes."
March 20, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of Saturday's 4-1 win at Leyton Orient are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the Sky Sports logo to the left.

March 20, 2017
Copps in Team of the Week
Goal scoring Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has been named in the Football League's "Team of the Week", which covers matches played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
The full team named by the EFL is:
Goalkeeper: Dean Lyness (Blackpool), Greg Leigh (Bury), Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town), Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United), Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley), Danny Rose (Portsmouth), James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers), Lee Erwin (Oldham Athletic), Reuben Reid (Exeter City), Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)
Manager: Paul Lambert (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
March 20, 2017
Voting results v Cheltenham Town
We received nominations for six different players for the "Man of the Match" against Cheltenham Town last weekend.
As it turned out, just two of those players featured significantly, with recent signing Alfie May gaining his first "Man of the Match" accolade.
The most votes went as follows:
1 Alfie May (48.48%)
2 Matty Blair (36.36%)
3 Andy Butler (6.06%)
Thank you to everyone who took part. The results of the voting in the away game on Tuesday at Notts County will be confirmed tomorrow.
March 16, 2017
Rovers 3 Notts County 1
Doncaster Rovers picked up another three points in their quest for promotion on Tuesday evening, with a goal each side of half time, from James Coppinger and Mathieu Baudry, setting them on their way to victory, with an injury time strike from Andy Williams capping off a good evening's work.
Yet again, Rovers had to come back from being a goal behind after conceding in the 20th minute, with Richard Duffy scrambling the ball home from a corner. Rovers struggled to impose themselves on the game in a scrappy first half, but they drew level just short of the half time break, with a cross in from the right wing by Matty Blair finding Coppinger six yards out, who made no mistake to score.
After chances had been at a premium, Rovers almost went in front just moments later, with Coppinger's goal bound volley striking Alfie May. A half time lead would probably have been a bit harsh on the visitors, but Rovers did go into the lead just two minutes after half time as Mathieu Baudry heading home from a Coppinger cross.
County had two decent chances to draw level, with Duffy heading wide when well placed, and then a headed goal from a corner was disallowed after the linesman flagged for a foul.
Rovers ensured the win five minutes into stoppage time though, as Rovers counterattacked after a period of Notts County pressure - with goalkeeper Adam Collin coming up for a corner, with Rovers clearing the ball. That meant that Collin was way out of position, enabling McSheffrey to advance up field before finding Williams 40 yards out. With no-one between him and the goal, Williams calmly looked up to put the ball into the net.
March 16, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the way that Doncaster Rovers responded to going a goal behind to take victory and maintain the club's promotion push.
Speaking after Tuesday's game, he commented: ""The main thing was the character of the team and the belief to do what we do in training. The character to come from behind against a good team, I was very pleased with that. We went behind to a sloppy goal and I could sense a little bit of tension in the ground and a little bit of nervousness. Great character from the players and that is the main thing. We really had to dig in, we had to scrap."
With one eye on the league table and the prospects of promotion, he added: "It's looking good but no one is getting carried away. The quicker you do it the better for everyone, it's a big gap and we have managed to extend it between us and second, which is a bonus."
Notts County boss Kevin Nolan was not happy to concede a goal just before half time, and was also highly critical of the performance of the match officials.
He said after the match: "If you come in at half-time 1-0 up you can take stock, regroup and come in with your tails up. As it was we came in a bit flat and they came in buzzing. Then to lose the goal so soon after the restart was so disappointing. Our response was absolutely brilliant and the most disappointing thing from there was when we did look like getting back in the game, the referee stopped us."
"They say when you are top of the league you get a lot more and that has certainly shown today. I still don't know why the goal wasn't given. It's the most disappointed I have been with the officials in my time in management. I thought they were poor from start to finish. Why it was given as a free-kick I will never know. I've had a look at the video and I still don't know."
March 16, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of Tuesday's away game are now available on the Sky Sports web site. To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

March 16, 2017
Promotion gets closer
Following on from Tuesday's victory at Notts County, Doncaster Rovers now know that 14 points from their final nine games will be enough to have automatic promotion assured.
With a 21 point lead over 8th placed Blackpool, they also know that another 7 points will confirm the minimum of a play-off place and that, of course, would assume that the likes of Blackpool and Colchester do not drop a single point for the rest of the season!
As Ferguson told DROS earlier this week: "It’s about getting the job done now, I feel like we can be as consistent as we have been over the past few games. We are in a very good position with 10 games to go, my aim for the players and my message to them is to go on and try and win the league. That’s not me getting carried away, that has been my goal from the outset but we have our eyes on the 14 point game to fourth place and the main this is to get promoted and if we do that we could go onto win it."
Ferguson has admitted that 'getting the job done' may mean that results are more the priority than performances, adding: "Being optimistic, I would want us to be a bit more cavalier, where we have been this season and done very well, but the main aim is to get through this week and get as many points as we can. I feel the main thing now is we’ve got to get the job done.We’re always going to create chances. No one is going to argue that we don’t entertain and score goals, but the main thing now is to concentrate on getting the wins."
March 16, 2017
Rovers hand Jones a pro contract
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have given young goalkeeper Louis Jones a first year professional contract, which means he has a deal that lasts until the summer of 2018.
The 18 year old keeper has come through the club's youth team system and has been included on the bench of first team matches on several occasions so far, although he has yet to play in a first team game.
Louis told DROS after signing the deal: "I am extremely happy to secure my professional contract, it’s not been easy but I am glad that my hard work has paid off. Being part of the first team has been an incredible experience for me, especially working under a professional like Paul Gerrard, who has been a huge factor in my development. I am a very ambitious and driven individual, and I can not wait to get started and hopefully get some games under my belt in the future."
March 16, 2017
Billy named Player of the Month
Former Rovers striker Billy Sharp has been named as the League One Player of the Month for February after scoring five goals in as many games for his present club, Sheffield United.
United's manager, Chris Wilder, commented: "Billy epitomises the spirit we have at the club and although it is a personal award I’m sure he will be the first to say it is a team effort. His goals have been invaluable for us, not just in February, but throughout the season."
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman, who is one of the judging panel, said: "Sharp has been scoring vital goals for the Blades all season and February was no different with his goals contributing directly towards eight extra precious points. With an outstanding haul of 26 for the season so far and on the hottest streak of his career, you’d be a brave man to bet against him getting 30 for the season and propelling Sheffield United to the League One title.”
Sharp is now within touching distance of another significant milestone, being just two goals away from the 200th goal of his career, and is also in with a chance of getting his best-ever seasonal haul. The best season in his career so far was the 2006/07 season when he scored 32 goals in 50 games for Scunthorpe United.
March 16, 2017
Match highlights v Cheltenham

Match highlights of Saturday's home 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town are now available on the Sky Sports web site. To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

March 13, 2017
Rovers 2 Cheltenham Town 0
The voting for the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Cheltenham Town is now open. As it is late in starting, voting will continue until Wednesday evening, with a vote for the away game at Notts County tomorrow evening starting on Thursday morning. Once again, apologies for the late opening of the votes; we will update the site on Tuesday morning with outstanding news items.
March 11, 2017
Rovers v Cheltenham Town
Doncaster Rovers will welcome striker Liam Mandeville back into the squad for this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town. He has been sidelined for several weeks with thigh and ankle injuries, but has come through training well this week and, as boss Darren Ferguson said: "He trained very well so he will be involved on Saturday barring any knockbacks. He’s a good player. I’ve got quite a lot of options now up front. Marquis, May, Williams, Mandeville, McSheffrey, Beestin, Longbottom - a hell of a lot actually. It’s good to have all that at this time of the season. Mandeville’s probably slightly different to the other ones as well. He doesn’t play up against people, he plays off them and finds space really well. It’s good to have him back."
Also in line for a recall to the squad is young defender Mitchell Lund, who returned to the club this week upon the ending of his month on loan at Wrexham. Mitchell has impressed Ferguson in training and could well be in line for a squad place, although a place on the bench is the most probable.
Darren Ferguson has decided on a new penalty taker following John Marquis's miss last week - Rovers' sixth failure from spot kicks so far this season.
Missing this afternoon will be Luke McCullough, who continues his return to fitness, with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair also recovering well. Marko Marosi is also sidelined with an ankle injury, and Joe Wright will be missing for another fortnight as he recovers from a knee injury.
Cheltenham will be without Kyle Storer, who begins a four match suspension after being sent off against Mansfield Town last weekend. They are reported to have a "near fully fit squad" for boss Gary Johnson to select from. However, Gary Johnson will not be in the dugout this afternoon, as he serves a one match touchline ban after being sent to the stands last week against Mansfield when protesting against Kyle Storer's sending off.
March 11, 2017
Ferguson warns of threat from Robins
The league table may make it look like this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town could be easy - the Robins languish in 18th place in the League Two table, just 7 points above the relegation spots, but they are clearly in some sort of form, not having conceded a goal in six hours and 40 minutes, and stand just 50 minutes away from setting a new club Football League record.
So for Rovers to score will be achievement itself, and boss Darren Ferguson has warned that this could be one of their most difficult fixtures remaining this season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of the match, Ferguson said: "I think it’ll be as tough as we’re going to get for the rest of the season. And I’m not just saying that. The two times I’ve watched them they’ve been very impressive. The Luton game a bit ago, which I was at, then the Carlisle game, their last home game. They were outstanding and should have won by four or five."
"They’ve got energy, a handful of a front two. They’re a big, big team. Play three at the back. It’s going to be a really tough game, but as I’ve said, most games at this time of the season will be."
"They’re going for a record, if they get to the 50th minute of Saturday’s game then they’ll have gone so long without conceding a goal. They’ve got 10 points out of 12 so it’s going to be a very tough game."
He is well aware that Rovers have to start winning again, although they have lost only twice in the last 22 games. He added: "We’ve got to concentrate on getting back to winning ways. The only way I look at it is staying positive. If we win we’re bang on the points target and it means we’ve got seven points out of nine. There’s lots to be positive about."
"You look at the two away games [against Cambridge and Crawley], they were tough. We’ve taken four out of six which is not too bad. We’d have liked six out of six. Certainly we’ve got to maintain the points target if we can."
March 11, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town are:
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistant referees: Joe Simpson and Neil Sharp
Fourth official: Alf Greenwood
March 11, 2017
Etheridge and Calder join Imps
Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge and former Rovers loan midfielder Riccardo Calder have joined cup giant-killers Lincoln City on loan until the end of the season.
The pair are cleared to play in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy this season, with Lincoln set to play Premier League club Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals this afternoon.
Lincoln have also reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy - which they should be playing this afternoon, but for their 'unexpected' continuing involvement in the FA Cup!
Etheridge has struggled to feature in the Rovers first team since being dropped back in August, and has not played since Ian Lawlor arrived from Manchester City just before the January transfer window closed.
He recently returned from a loan spell at Alfreton Town, which coincided with the injury to Marko Marosi. His departure means that Rovers will be without a senior keeper as cover for Lawlor, with youth teamer Louis Jones expected to provide cover on the bench until Marosi is fit again.
Calder returned to Aston Villa after having his loan spell at Rovers cut short, and moves out on loan again to get some game time.
Lincoln will probably need all the players they can between now and the end of the season. They have up to 14 games to fit in, with a number of league games postponed due to their FA Cup exploits.
Both could make their Lincoln debuts in the FA Cup, but we guess a place on the bench is perhaps the most they can hope for.
March 9, 2017
Lund returns to fight for place
Wrexham boss Dean Keates has confirmed that Rovers defender Mitchell Lund has returned to his parent club at the end of his month on loan at the Racecourse Ground.
Lund went to Wrexham to get some game time after recovering from his kidney problem.
He was an unused substitute on Saturday when Wrexham won 2-1 at Braintree Town, and returns to Rovers to bolster the squad for the last couple of months of the season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Darren Ferguson commented: "He’s had the month we wanted him to have and now he’s back to try and get into the squad. He’s done fine. We’ve had good communication with Wrexham, a club I know well, and the manager Dean Keates, who I know well. Mitchell has done well. They had a clean sheet last week and it was good for him to get back to speed because he was out for a long time."
Dean Keates, the Wrexham manager, added: "I think it's a case of having a look at our own players now going forward. We're grateful with what he's done. He's come in, got some minutes, and he can go back to Doncaster now and play a part in their promotion push."
March 9, 2017
Marquis eyes next target
Rovers striker John Marquis reached the 20 goal in a season mark when he scored at Cambridge United last week, but already has his eyes on reaching the challenging 30 goals target by the end of the season.
Part of the reason for aiming at such a target is that it should also coincide with the aim of achieving promotion at the end of the season.
When he spoke to the Doncaster Free Press last week, John said: "There’s nothing that can rule that out. I’m not going to get too carried away and too far ahead of myself. But I’d say if I did get to 30 goals there’d be a good chance I’ll have a winners medal around my neck as well. Hopefully we can keep on scoring, myself and the team. It was obviously good to get the win [at Cambridge] and we’re looking forward to the last 12 games."
This season marks a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of John, who began his career at Millwall back in 2009, and has had numerous loan spells during his career.
He added: "I didn’t really set any targets at the start of the season. My main target was to play football. I’ve never had a consistent run in any sort of team. As I’ve said the whole season, it was just a new challenge for me to move up here and hopefully do enough to break into the team and score the goals and put in the performances to keep me in the team. That was my aim, just to play. Everything that’s come with it I’m obviously delighted about."
March 9, 2017
Grimsby tickets now on sale
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 1,904 tickets for the forthcoming away game at Grimsby Town, which is due to be played on Saturday, 1st April.
Please remember that this game will kick off at 1pm due to a request from Humberside Police.
Ticket are on sale to season ticket holders this week, and will go on sale to Alliance members from Monday, 13th March. Remaining tickets go on general sale on Monday, 20th March.
Ticket prices for the game, which is for allocated seats in the Osmond Stand, are:
Adults £18 - Senior Citizens (65+) £11 - Young people (15-18) £11 - Students (with valid NUS card) £11 - Juniors (14 & under) £5 if accompanied, £7 if unaccompanied - Ambulant disabled (high rate) £18 (carer free).
Wheelchair disabled supporters should contact Grimsby Town direct on 01472 605050.
Please also remember that you may be asked for proof of eligibility for concessionary rates at the turnstiles, and you are reminded that you must sit in your allocated seat.
March 9, 2017
Voting results v Crawley
Thank you for the number of votes received for the "Man of the Match" at last weekend's away game at Crawley Town, which ended in a goalless draw.
We received nominations for six different players, with the most votes going as follows:
1 Tommy Rowe (36.36%)
2 Craig Alcock (27.27%)
3 Ian Lawlor (16.67%)
All votes cast will go towards the "Player of the season" totals which will be revealed once the season is over. The next "Man of the Match" vote will open after this weekend's game against Cheltenham Town.
March 7, 2017
Ferguson - predict the unpredictable!
It's anyone's guess as to how results of the next few games in League Two will go - and that's not just for Rovers' games, but everyone else's.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Crawley, he predicted "During this part of the season you’re not going to make money on a coupon! You are going to get some funny results. You’re going to get teams that have struggled all season pick up a couple of results and they find their confidence. So they’re won’t be any complacency, certainly from me to the players and hopefully from the players on the pitch."
"I think that each game will be as hard as the next one. Certainly Cheltenham and Notts County, our next two home games, are probably two of the form teams at the moment. And Crawley will be a tough game this weekend."
"It’s always been the same, we’ve got to get our job done right,” he added. "That’s the most important thing. At this stage of the season when we get our job done right you probably do get the rewards for it."
March 7, 2017
Dean takes a trip to Canada
Former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has joined Canadian North American Soccer League club FC Edmonton, which is the tier below the MLS in North America.
Shiels played for League of Ireland club Dundalk last year, but makes the move to Canada ahead of the start of Edmonton's NASL season, which begins in early April.
FC Edmonton's head coach is Rover Colin Miller, who commented: "Dean's a goal scorer and a creative player who works at a level we would expect of someone at FC Edmonton. I'm delighted that Dean has joined our club. Dean did very well for my old club Rangers and has had a fantastic career."
"I’ve done a lot of research on Dean, spoke to a lot of people in Scotland about him and talked with Albert Watson who knows him as well," Miller added. "Everything came back glowing. He’s a leader and a quality player who wants to attack and score goals, so I’m very excited to have Dean here."
March 7, 2017
Ferguson confident of Jordan's return
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is confident that he can persuade Jordan Houghton to return to the Keepmoat Stadium on loan next season when he recovers from injury.
Houghton, aged 21, has been a big hit at Rovers since signing on a season-long loan in the summer, but his time at the club was recently cut short due to a serious knee injury.
The comment to the Doncaster Star from the Rovers boss was: "Jordan has just signed a new contract with Chelsea and I know he’s happy there. His next natural progression would be to go on loan to a League One club. If we get promoted I would feel we would have a chance with all three (Houghton, along with Niall Mason and Conor Grant). I would be optimistic with that, given how well they’ve done here and how much they’ve enjoyed it.”
March 7, 2017
Razak - it's Big Sam's fault!
Ex-Rovers midfielder Abdul Razak is now playing in Sweden, having joined IFK Goteborg earlier this year.
The former Ivory Coast international has criticised former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce, who was his boss while Razak was at the Hammers, for his career in England stalling.
He spent four months at West Ham in 2014, following time at previous clubs Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala, but did not appear in a single competitive fixture for West Ham.
Razak hit out at Allardyce for this, telling ITV Sport: "It didn’t work at West Ham due to Sam Allardyce, as I like to play football and that’s not his style. Then my work permit expired, so I had to wait for another one. The Home Office take a long time to reply, so then I was without a club. So I ended up four months without a club."
Since leaving West Ham, Abdul has played for OFI Crete, Doncaster Rovers and AFC United before trying his luck abroad.
He joined Rovers in February 2015 under the management of Paul Dickov in an attempt to revive his career in England, but struggled to feature in the first team and left at the end of the season.
March 5, 2017
Crawley Town 0 Rovers 0
The sixth penalty miss of the season meant that Doncaster Rovers had to settle for a point. They had struggled to make their domination of the game count, but they were up against a goalkeeper determined not to let them through.
Darren Ferguson elected to start the game with the same side that played at Cambridge United on Tuesday, and Rovers continued their good form in the first half, even though they failed to convert possession and chances into goals.
The second half was a more even affair, but Rovers still had sufficient chances to win the game, with substitute Andy Williams having a late chance to take all three points back to South Yorkshire.
March 5, 2017
What the manager said
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson was disappointed with yesterday's result, regarding it as two points dropped, rather than one gained.
And it was another penalty miss that particularly frustrated him, as it probably cost Rovers victory.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, Ferguson commented: "It's one of real frustration and disappointment with the result, but frustration mainly because we've unfortunately come up against a goalkeeper that was adamant he was not going to let a goal in today. We were completely dominant, in the first half in particularly."
"It's six penalties we've missed this season which is too many and it's cost us points. If we get the first goal we probably go on and win it comfortably. In the second half Ian Lawlor has made two good saves, the first time they really threatened us."
"I've seen hundreds of times in games like that where you actually end up losing them because you just frustrated. We had two cleared off the line. It was just one of those days where the ball wouldn't go in the net. But it's another point. It's a disappointing result because we wanted to build on Tuesday at Cambridge and take advantage of that. But it's another point on the board, we've now got two home games coming up and it's important when you don't win the game you don't lose it."
"It's two defeats in 22 and the boys couldn't give me any more really. We tried and tried and tried to break them down and unfortunately we just couldn't on the day."
March 5, 2017
Match highlights

Highlights of yesterday's match are now available on the Sky Sports' web site. Or rather the build-up to the award of Rovers' penalty, along with the missed spot kick are now available for your viewing!
To view their coverage, please click on their logo to the left.

March 5, 2017
Goal scoring review
Our review of former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals this weekend begins in the National League, where Jon Parkin scored twice for York City as they beat Eastleigh 3-1 at Bootham Crescent.
It was a good week for "The Beast", who also scored for the Minstermen in their 1-1 home draw against table toppers Lincoln City on Tuesday evening.
Another name we've not mentioned for some time is that of David Syers, who is currently turning out for Darlington 1883 (soon to revert to their name of 'Darlington'). David scored one of Darlington's two goals in their 2-2 draw at Worcester City in the National League North.
A rung further down the non-league ladder saw Bradley Grayson scoring the winning goal for Buxton as they beat Barwell 1-0 on their travels in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Finally, also going back to action on Tuesday evening, Joe Pugh, who is on loan at Frickley Athletic, scored a vital winner two minutes from time in their home game against Matlock Town.
October 19, 2010
Voting results v Cambridge United
It was a close-run affair for the "Man of the Match" for Tuesday's away game at Cambridge United. With five different players receiving nominations, and votes spread fairly evenly, the players to receive votes were:
1= Alfie May, John Marquis (28.57% each)
The remainder of the votes were shared between Niall Mason, James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe.
March 4, 2017
RIP Steve Adams
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Steve Adams at the age of only 57.
Steve played for Rovers between 1989 and 1991, starting 25 league games during that time, but was a provider of many crosses which allowed the briefly prolific David Jones to shine.
He joined Rovers from Scarborough after starting his career at Worksop Town, but after losing his place at the end of the 1989/90 season he only featured occasionally the following term. After leaving Rovers, he joined Boston United, continuing his playing career in non-league with Kettering Town, Gateshead, Witton Albion, Macclesfield Town, Denaby United and Matlock Town.
His only Rovers goal came on 15th December 1989 in Rovers' 2-0 away victory at Halifax Town.
Steve went on to set up the Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme, and it was a Sheffield Wednesday spokesman that confirmed Steve's death on Twitter last night.
The statement read: "Tonight, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Adams, a Wednesdayite and former Community Programme Manager at the club. RIP."
Steve confirmed that he was battling cancer back in 2012, although the cause of his death has not been revealed.
March 4, 2017
Crawley Town v Rovers
It looks likely that Darren Ferguson will select from an unchanged squad for this afternoon's away game at Crawley Town, with no new injuries reported.
Marko Marosi, Joe Wright, Liam Mandeville and Aaron Taylor Sinclair continue their recoveries from injury, and while Luke McCullough is due to return to training on Monday, he is several weeks away from being considered for first team action.
For Crawley, they are likely to be without defender Josh Lelan, midfielder Jordan Roberts and striker Matt Harrold. Lelan missed Tuesday's defeat to Exeter with a hip injury, while Roberts has missed the last two weeks with a calf strain. Matt Harrold has been sidelined since November due to a knee injury.
March 4, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoons' away game at Crawley Town are:
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistant referees: Josh Smith and Gavin Muge
Fourth official: Anthony da Costa
March 4, 2017
Congratulations Dave!
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Dave Mulligan was celebrating last week when his first child was born.
Dave, who is now living in New Zealand, was visiting the hospital to visit his wife, Michelle, when he had another surprise - in the car park he spotted a Jeep with "DRFC Rovers Till I Die" on the number plate!
His 'selfie' is posted to the left as proof!
Dave played 77 games for Rovers, scoring four times before moving on to Scunthorpe United. He ended his playing career in New Zealand, and was a full international for the country and was a member of their 2010 World Cup squad. He is now a football coach.
March 3, 2017
McCullough on the way back
Injured defender Luke McCullough is "way ahead of schedule" as he recovers from a serious cruciate ligament injury, and returns to training next week.
While that does not mean a return to action is imminent, it does indicate that he is doing well, and boss Darren Ferguson thinks that he will be contending for a place in the side before the season ends.
Addressing the situation, the Rovers manager told the Yorkshire Post: "McCullough is way ahead of schedule and with the way he’s going, I would expect him to be fit before the end of the season. You have to be careful. But Luke is fit and his body fat is very good and he has trained very hard. It can be so hard mentally with a long injury like that. He has gone about it the right way and is running very, very well and joining in now in the warm-ups."
March 3, 2017
Barnes moves to Florida
Ex-Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has joined a new club, less than a year after joining Vancouver Whitecaps, who play in American's MLS (Major League Soccer).
A statement on the MLS site reveals that Barnes has moved to Orlando City in exchange for midfielder Brek Sheaf.
Barnes started his career at Derby County before moving onto West Bromwich Albion (2010) and Doncaster Rovers (2011) before travelling to the USA to sign for Houston Dynamo in August 2012.
Niki Budalic, Orlando City general manager, said: "We're thrilled to boost our attack with a player like Giles. His versatility to score and create goals will be a valuable asset this season. I'd like to thank Brek for his exemplary professionalism during his time with our Club."
March 3, 2017
Donaldson moves to Burscough
Rovers youngster Tony Donaldson has joined non-league club Burscough on loan until the end of April. The midfielder joined Rovers in January from non-league club Runcorn Linnets after a trial at the Keepmoat Stadium, and instantly went out on loan to AFC Telford United for a month.
When joining in January, he signed an 18-month contract with Rovers, meaning he is signed to the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.
March 3, 2017
Dene is Player of the Month
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Dene Shields has been named as the BOV GFA Player of the Month for January 2017.
Dene presently plays for Maltese top flight club Xewkija Tigers and has been a regular goal scorer for them again this season.
He has won most major awards going in Gozitan football, and was the league's top goal scorer for consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2014.
March 3, 2017
Travel information to Leyton Orient
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Leyton Orient on Saturday, 18th March.
The coaches will leave Retford at 8.45am, Bawtry 8.50am, Harworth 9.00am, Rossington 9.00am, Hare & Tortoise 9.05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.15am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.30am.
Fares for the trip are:
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 (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
March 2, 2017
Cambridge United 2 Rovers 3
Doncaster Rovers had to withstand a determined, late fight back by Cambridge United to win their first game in six matches after taking a commanding 3-0 lead. With other results going in Rovers' favour, their lead at the top of the table was consequently extended to six points. Perhaps just as important was the opening of a 12 point gap above fourth placed Portsmouth, and 17 points above 8th placed Mansfield Town, who are the team just outside the play-off places. With 12 or 13 games to go for those teams, such a gap makes it look very promising for Rovers!
First half goals by Tommy Rowe and Mathieu Baudry within five minutes stamped Rovers' authority on the game and helped the confidence come back - even though Rovers insisted that confidence has never been a real issue.
On a wet evening, Darren Ferguson recalled Mathieu Baudry to the starting line-up at the expense of Harry Middleton, who was named on the bench. The home side started well and won one of the most dubious of penalty decisions you will ever see, with Ian Lawlor racing out to intercept a long ball and appeared to get hold of the ball very cleanly. But the referee had other ideas and pointed to the spot, to the amazement of most in the ground. Justice was perhaps done as the resulting spot kick was blazed over the bar by Luke Berry. Looking back, that event could be seen as a turning point in fortunes, with Cambridge's confidence rattled, whilst Rovers' grew. Rovers were willing to bide their time, but took the lead in the 18th minute, as Craig Alcock put the ball through to Tommy Rowe, who cut back to rifle the ball past the home keeper.
The lead was doubled five minutes later, with a short corner enabling Conor Grant to whip the ball across the goalmouth, with Baudry on hand to flick the ball into the net at the far post.
Rovers were in command for the remainder of the first half, and continued in the same vein after the break, and made it 3-0 with an indisputable penalty award when Marquis darted into the penalty area before Leon Legge clipped his heels from behind. Marquis stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball home assuredly to take his seasonal total to 20 goals.
And then came the late response from Cambridge, who pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go, as Marquis found space to crack the ball home from 30 yards. Rovers had Matty Blair and Mathieu Baudry to thank for blocking goalbound shots, but it was into added time that Cambridge set the alarm bells ringing as they grabbed a second goal as Berry powerfully headed home. But Rovers hung on, and came way from the Abbey Stadium with all the points.
March 2, 2017
What the managers said
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson was pleased to see his side pick up their first win for a while after failing to pick up maximum points in the previous five games, but admitted that the end score was closer than he would have liked.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "I thought it was a very good performance. I think just winning by the one goal flattered Cambridge. At 3-0 we were outstanding. We were fortunate because you always find it a lot more difficult when you go behind. It was an appalling decision (the penalty Berry missed) but justice was done when Berry's missed it. The keeper got the ball quite clearly. The ball changed direction, it was so clear. Thankfully he's missed and then we've gone on and scored quite quickly after that."
"Some of our football in the first half was excellent against a really good team. We got a little bit of luck when it goes to 3-2, they've got the ball in the box but it would have been a bit of a travesty. At 3-2 with a minute to go there's always one more chance and they had it but we got a little bit of luck. We haven't won in five but we remained positive. We score goals, another three tonight, that's what we're about. We want to score goals and we want to win every game we play."
The view of the opposition's manager, Shaun Derry, could not be more of a contrast, as he bemoaned the number of chances spurned by his players.
Speaking to the Cambridge News after the game, Derry commented: "It was too little, too late for me. To have seven unbelievable opportunities against a top-of-the-table team and just take the two and concede in the manner we did, you end up losing games."
"You can’t go from one extreme to another and we’ve done that tonight. I bang the drum about taking the opportunities and we didn’t do that tonight, but in one box we weren’t ruthless enough and in the other we definitely weren’t good enough. I’m not too sure people can question the character of the team, I think that’s something I’m very proud of the boys for and the way they keep going, but it’s giving yourself a mountain to climb and when it’s fine margins the way it was in the first half I’m expecting a lot more and I didn’t get that tonight."
He continued: "We made a go of it the last 10 minutes, but I’m really disappointed here. I’ve just calculated we’ve had seven good chances against the side who are top of the table and I’m full of emotion at this minute in time and full of anger as well."
March 2, 2017
Voting results v Accrington Stanley
Thank you to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" voting for the home game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.
Even though the voting was very late in opening, we are very pleased at the number of people who contributed, which saw nominations for six different players.
Matty Blair narrowly won the voting, coming just ahead of midfielder Tommy Rowe.
The players receiving the most votes are as follows:
1 Matty Blair (31.57%)
2 Tommy Rowe (27.78%)
3 James Coppinger (17.65%)
4 John Marquis (11.77%)
Voting for the away game at Cambridge United will be open until early on Saturday morning, with the results confirmed later on Saturday morning.
March 2, 2017
Jamie waits to be paid!
Former Rovers winger Jamie Lawrence has been waiting to be paid after his work as a fitness trainer for the Ghana national squad while they were competing in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which was played in Gabon earlier this month.
Lawrence, along with Gerard Nus, the assistant coach, were stranded in Gabon awaiting being paid. The problem seems to have arisen with the resignation of the Ghana team boss, Avram Grant, after the ending of the tournament, which appears to have also led to the end of the tenure of his backroom staff.
The pair have been staying put as they fear that if they return home, it will weaken their chances of being paid.
Gerard Nus said: "We have tried everything, knocking all possible doors, but there is no way. They keep telling us, 'tomorrow, tomorrow'."
Nus may have to continue his battle alone, as Lawrence has to return home to the UK soon, due to "family issues".
Ghana finished the Africa Cup of Nations in fourth place.
March 2, 2017
Ticket information v Leyton Orient
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 1,028 tickets for the away game at Leyton Orient, which is to be played on Saturday, 18th March.
Tickets for the game are now on general sale at the following prices:
Adult £22.00 - Senior (65+) £14.00 - Student (valid NUS card) £14.00 - Armed Forces (proof of affiliation) £14.00 - Unemployed (proof of benefit receipt) £14.00 - Under 18’s £5.00
Ambulant disabled and carer tickets are free of charge if on mid to high rate disability living allowance.
Wheelchair and carer tickets are free of charge and are to be booked direct with Leyton Orient by emailing l.martin@leytonorient.net
March 2, 2017
Video highlights v Accrington

Sky Sports have published some match highlights of Saturday's home game against Accrington Stanley. If you would like to view them, please click on the Sky Sports logo to the left.