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Birmingham City 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

The enthusiasm gained from last weekend’s victory over Southampton was doused somewhat as Rovers snatched defeat from the jaws of, well, a point at least, at Birmingham City. Of course St Andrews is no easy place to go, as both Club Brugge and Nacional can attest to, but having led 1-0 early in the second half Doncaster will be disappointed to have returned empty handed. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Southampton

What I like about selling the fanzine on matchday is that during the hour and a half spent outside the ground you get a sense of the prevailing pre-match mood amongst Rovers fans. Had I been asked at 2:55pm to sum up the mood of Doncaster supporters in a single word then I would have probably chosen ‘foreboding’. The most optimistic supporters clung to a “you never know”, but for the most part we felt we did, and we weren’t looking forward to seeing it unfold. Continue reading

Millwall 3-2 Doncaster Rovers

So, that’s November. A month from which manager Dean Saunders targeted eight points ending with Rovers picking up just half that. Of course it was a month which contained tough games, and regardless of their league position, a trip to Millwall is never easy. Rovers created chances, and they scored two goals through the efficient Billy Sharp, but still made the long trip back north without reward. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Watford

Before this game there was the opportunity see the League trophy and meet the players at the Keepmoat Stadium. Given the significant turnover of playing staff in the past month much of the squad may have been wise to take up the offer themselves and get to know their team-mates. Three new faces arrived in Doncaster this week; Habib Beye, Herold Goulon and Marc-Antoine Fortune, and all three went straight into the starting line-up. Continue reading

Barnsley 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

Awful. Just awful. If you can find a positive from this game then chances are you’re a Barnsley fan. Rovers never got going at all at Oakwell, they struggled to retain possession or win it back, and mustered just a single shot in the whole ninety minutes. Of course we can all have off-days, but it seems that Rovers’ tend to come the longer they have to prepare for games; twice now the side has returned from international breaks and during their two weeks off seemingly forgotten how to play the game. Continue reading

Ipswich Town 2-3 Doncaster Rovers

OK, so, hands up who saw this result coming then? No, us neither. As we had said in the match preview, Ipswich away looked to be the most daunting of Rovers’ November fixtures, and yet the hosts were done for inside the game’s first half, thanks in no short measure to one El-Hadji Diouf. For all the moral questions over his signing, and the McKay approach in general, it remains quite clear that Diouf really is a bit too good a footballer for the lower reaches of the second tier. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Middlesbrough

One of the many things that irritate me in the modern world is the notion of forced sentiment; being told how we should feel in the wake of a tragedy or a death. A minute’s silence for example was once a very rare occurrence, a fitting tribute for only a very personal or very national tragedy. However, in the past I have stood in silence ahead of Rovers matches for, amongst others, George Best, Alan Ball and Iraq hostage Ken Bigley. All tragic losses of course, but what have they to do with our town, our club or us? In short, if anyone has cause to ask ‘who’s this for?’ ahead of a minute’s silence, then you shouldn’t be having one. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Coventry City

The consensus before kick-off was quite clear, if Rovers are as hell-bent at staying in the Championship at any cost as the last month’s activity has inferred, then a home game against Coventry was the sort of fixture that had to be won. It wasn’t. And on the spectacle delivered by the two sides it is hard to envisage neither being involved in a relegation battle come the end of the season. Continue reading

Portsmouth 3-1 Doncaster Rovers

Could the bright new era we were promised be turning into more of a false dawn? After an improved showing brought a somewhat unfortunate defeat at Blackpool on Tuesday night Rovers travelled to the south coast hoping to get the result the midweek performance had perhaps merited. However, any hope of going one better was to be dealt a significant blow just three minutes in as Portsmouth keeper Stephen Henderson hoofed a ball downfield that missed everyone bar Luke Varney, who needed just one flick of the boot to knock the ball beyond Neil Sullivan and turn the clearance into a goal. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 0-3 Leeds United

Abysmal, awful, terrible, shocking. Just four of the words used by friends, and myself, to describe Rovers showing in this fixture, and four of the kinder ones at that. Asked what positives he could take from the game Dean Saunders could only highlight the work rate of James Hayter, on as a 70th minute sub. In the build-up to the game I suggested that tonight would finally show us what Saunders’ plans for the side were. If that is what this was then we can be very worried about what lies ahead. Continue reading

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