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by The Rovers Review

Assistant manager, Gavin Strachan thinks Rovers need to be wary of Walsall's character.

Strachan said that Walsall are a team that like to change their system and can easily adapt to a game, meaning Rovers need to be on the ball on Saturday to have a chance of making it three wins from four.

After missing the 2-1 win over Portsmouth midweek, James Coppinger is set to return to fitness following his short spell on the side-line, should he not react from his training on Thursday.

Andy Williams may not make the cut this weekend as he may not be fit in time, but Strachan insists he is "chomping at the bit", to back out on the pitch.

After serving his suspension John Marquis comes back into the foray, meaning Mandeville now could have a partner at the side of him up top. However, after the Portsmouth win Ferguson indicated he could possibly stick with the same system in the future that earned the three points on Tuesday night.

Walsall haven't won in five game - drawing four against MK Dons, Blackpool Shrewsbury and Charlton, leaving Jon Whitney's team one spot above Rovers in the league.

Rovers haven't had rub of the green against The Sadlers in recent years; the last time Walsall visited the Keepmoat it ended in a 2-1 defeat with Liam Mandeville earning a consolation goal for Rovers that February evening. Rovers' last win came in August 2012, where Rovers cruised to a 3-0 victory away from home with goals from Chris Brown, David Cotterill and Kyle Bennett.
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20 Oct 2017 - Andy Liney

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of former VSC Chairman and Rovers Supporter Director Andy Liney.  Andy was chair of the VSC for over 6 years, taking the reins of the newly formed Trust and using his enormous drive, tenaciousness and love for the club, delivered an enormous amount of positive change that all fans today should be proud of.

Andy lead negotiations with the council over the creation of the Doncaster Community Stadium, now known to football supporters throughout the world as The Keepmoat Stadium, and tirelessly raised funds through the years leading up to the stadium opening.  Many fans will no doubt remember him rattling a bucket under their noses at Belle Vue and asking for their spare change for The Coin Trail, an idea he had to visualise the journey from Belle Vue to the site of the new stadium by following a trail of coins donated by supporters.  Andy raised £56,710.34 for the club from that one idea alone. 

Andy, though small in stature, was always a larger than life character.  He made the character of Donny Dog, the club mascot, his own, often getting into a few scrapes which made supporters laugh.  From riding a moped around the pitch at Belle Vue, to challenging wrestler Al Snow to a bout, to giving Arsene Wenger a Christmas card from Jose Mourhino (after the pair had a well publicised spat) ahead of the Rovers playing Arsenal in the League Cup in 2006, Andy always brought a real sense of fun to whatever he did.

On behalf of all VSC members, the board would like to offer our deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends.  For supporters of the club, his legacy will live on in Doncaster Rovers and the stadium he fought so hard to deliver for the club.  Rest in peace Andy.

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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson now only has one out of five available senior strikers to his use as Portsmouth visit the Keepmoat this Tuesday night.

Following Saturday's 1-0 defeat away from home at Charlton Athletic, Darren Ferguson has lost three of his usual starting players in Alfie May, John Marquis and James Coppinger - who are all ruled out for this mid-week-clash. This means a return to the starting 11 for Liam Mandeville as he's the only available striker out of the five senior ones. Liam's last start for Rovers came in the Checkatrade Trophy win against Sunderland's U21s.

On a brighter note, defender Mathieu Baudry and midfielder Alfie Beestin are now completely available for Ferguson after recovering from their respective injuries. Beestin also has the ability to play up front too, so that could be an option for Ferguson going into the game too.

In Pompey's last match, they were the 2-0 winners against MK Dons with Oliver Hawkins bagging himself a double for Pompey.

The last time these two clubs faced each other was in League Two last season where Rovers triumphed 3-1 with two goals from John Marquis as well as a contribution from Tommy Rowe, helped void Kal Naismith's equalizer on the 41st minute.

At the current moment in time, Darren Ferguson's men are only accumulating 0.92 points per game, whereas Portsmouth is on 1.54 points per game with 33% of their wins so far this season coming on the road.
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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson will certainly be brimming with confidence this weekend, as his side look to earn back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Andy Williams and Luke McCullough are now Ferguson’s only injury woes as they’ve both got a week left until they can come back into contention after suffering their respective injuries.

Mathieu Baudry and Alfie Beestin are both fit and available for selection after recovering from injury too. They've both completed 60 minutes in Rovers’ development game on Tuesday afternoon vs Walsall and they both came through the game, “very well”, according to Darren Ferguson where Rovers' reserve side triumphed 4-0.

Ferguson’s injury list has been dramatically reduced, but his injury frustrations will now turn to selection head ache's as he’s now developing an ever-growing squad of players pushing for a start. Rovers will have to be cautioned and disciplined as striker, John Marquis and versatile defender, Niall Mason have both accumulated 4 yellow cards, meaning if they pick up another yellow card then they will face suspension.

Charlton are a team certainly aspiring for promotion from League One under Karl Robinson, and one player in particular who will play a huge part in their promotion push will be winger Ricky Holmes. Since signing from Northampton Town in 2016, the 30-year-old has played 45 games and scored 17 goals and has received unprecedented amount of praise from Robinson in the past for his performances and spirit.

The Addicks are on admirable form, earning 14 points from 8 games, while Rovers have the fifth worst form in the league earning a dismal 7 points in as many games.
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by The Rovers Review

No home league wins this season means Rovers have endured a frustrating return to league one which leaves them eighteenth, ten games in.

Rovers are becoming renowned for their miss-fortunes on the injury front, but as things begin to look up with Mathieu Baudry on the road to recovery and Luke McCullough not far behind him after picking up a knock in his thigh, Rovers will now be without their fourth-choice striker in Andy Williams as he picked up an injury on Tuesday night vs Sunderlands U21s.

Ian Lawlor endured a late injury against Scunthorpe a few weeks ago, resulting in Marko Marosi making a return to the team ever since, but Darren Ferguson confirms Lawlor has now recovered and will be available for selection this Saturday.

With no wins at home so far this season, Ferguson is calling for everyone’s belief, “We’ve just got to keep believing and I think in performances, we’re not too far off.”
He then followed up with the area where he thinks Rovers have failed, “We have to improve at the top end of the pitch for me, we’ve had too many blanks, there’s reasons for that: the final pass, shot, cross, finish – got to improve – that’s the area we worked on this week.”

Rovers go into this game with the joint-worst home record along with Plymouth and Oldham. Meanwhile, Southend's away form is rather inconsistent too, with them only picking up four points on the road so far.

Form-wise, Rovers are excellent against Southend, with no losses since 22nd September 2007 where Rovers narrowly lost 3-2. The last time United came to the Keepmoat it ended in goalless draw back in August 2015.
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