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by Rich Colby

The end of the season is in sight, with just four games to go Rovers host Fleetwood Town for the first time ever at the Keepmoat Stadium.

While both sides can mathematically still reach the play-offs it is very unlikely that they will.  Rovers sit ten points off sixth place with four games to play while Fleetwood sit eight points off sixth with three to play.  One thing is for sure, whatever the result of this game, someones play-off hopes will be mathematically over and it will be back to the drawing board for next season.

Fleetwood have had a good season overall.  Promoted from League Two last season they were many peoples favourites for a relegation fight, however they sit in a solid 8th position.  Their home form has been good and overall they will be happy with their away performances, picking up 26 points on the road.  Midfielder Steven Schumacher will be the one to watch for them.

Paul Dickov’s men got back to winning ways during the week with yet another away win, this time at Leyton Orient.  I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was ecstatic for Rob Jones scoring the only goal after being ruled out through injury for so long.  Another win against the Cod Army would move Rovers above them onto 60 points for the season so far.

Paul Keegan remains out of the squad through injury despite taking part in light training while the fitness of Luke McCullough and Nathan Tyson will be reviewed.

The sides last faced each other for the only time in their history back in October where Fleetwood ran out 3-1 winners.  Stephen Dobbie opened the scoring but Rovers striker Nathan Tyson leveled the scores within six minutes.  In what was an overall poor display by Paul Dickovs men, a rarity on the road, Liam McAlinden and David Ball sealed the game and the points for the Cod Army.

Paul Dickov will be hoping to try and finish Rovers final two home games on a high after a poor showing to the Doncaster faithful overall this season.

Come on you reds!

Overall record Vs Fleetwood Town:  P 1/W 0/D 0/L 1
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The Labour Party launched its party manifesto yesterday (Monday 13th April 2015) and promised to "give football fans a voice in club boardrooms":

"Football clubs are an important part of many people's identity and sense of belonging. They are more than just businesses. But despite their importance in the lives of their members and supporters, too often there are no effective means for fans to have a say in how their clubs are run.

"Labour will provide the means for supporters to be a genuine part of their clubs. We will introduce legislation to enable accredited supporters trusts to appoint and remove at least two of the directors of a football club and to purchase shares when the club changes hands.

The Viking Supporters Co-operative welcomes any proposals from political parties that aim to strengthen the voice of football fans. 

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by Rich Colby

Only five games left of the League One season to go and Rovers make the long journey to the capital to take on Leyton Orient.

A draw against Rochdale at the weekend extended Rovrs not so great form to just one win in the last eight games.  The poor form of Paul Dickov’s men over the last few weeks has put to bed any thoughts of making the play-offs this season.  There is still pride to play for over the final five games and Paul Dickov will expect maximum effort and commitment in a bid for players to earn contracts for next season.

Leyton Orient have had a rotten season.  Last seasons League One play-off finalists are in a battle to stay in the division this season, only outside the relegation spots on goal-difference.  Their form has picked up over the last couple of weeks though and are unbeaten in the last four games.  The O’s will be fighting for their lives as they aim to claw their way away from the relegation zone, so Rovers wont have it easy.  Striker Darius Henderson has netted in the last two games, and Rovers will have to keep him quiet to make it three in a row.

Rovers remain without Paul Keegan, but him aside there are no further injury worries for Paul Dickov.

The sides last met back in October at the Keepmoat Stadium.  A goal in each half from Jay Simpson and Darius Henderson gave Orient all three points.  Last time Rovers traveled to the Matchroom Stadium in September 2012, goals from Iain Hume and David Cotterill gave rovers the points on their way to promotion.

Come on you reds!

Overall record vs Leyton Orient:  P 30/W 10/D 6/L 14
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by Rich Colby

With six games to go it appears that Rovers season is all but over.  The 3-2 defeat at Sheffield United on Tuesday evening put Paul Dickov’s men 14 points behind the Blades and 10 off the play-offs.  But the miracle is still mathematically possible as Rovers welcome Rochdale to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Keith Hill’s side have had a fantastic season overall.  Dale currently occupy 7th position in the table, just 4 points off 6th placed Chesterfield with a game in hand.  A win for them at Doncaster would keep up the pressure on the play-off contenders, so don’t expect them to come and settle for a point.  Midfielder Peter Vincenti will be the one to watch, he has notched 14 goals so far this season.

Supporters and former Rovers players have called for Paul Dickov to give some game time to a handful of players from the youth team for the rest of the season.  There are rumours that he might just do this so expect to see Liam Mandville and Harry Middleton possibly in the squad.  It was thoroughly pleasing to see Rovers club captain Rob Jones on the bench on Tuesday night after a long absence, maybe he can expect some playing time too this weekend.  Luke McCullough and Paul Keegan remain doubtful.

The sides last met back in November.  Rovers fell behind after 8 minutes to a goal from Matt Done, but Kyle Bennett equalized after 28 minutes.  Late goals from Theo Robinson and  Curtis Main gave Rovers a 3-1 win and all 3 points.  Last time the sides met at the Keepmoat stadium Rovers registered another victory.  An 89th minute goal from Bongani Khumalo gave Paul Dickov’s men a 1-0 win and a route to Round 2 of the Capital One Cup.

Rovers are undefeated against Rochdale in the last six fixtures.  The last defeat coming in March 1998.  Heres hoping that run stretches to 7 games come 5pm on Saturday.

Come on you reds!

Overall record Vs Rochdale:  P 104/W 53/D 17/L 34
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