Doncaster Rovers 1 Rochdale 1 RECAP: Taylor with the early opener for Rovers, Dale level late on

Doncaster Rovers are looking to build on their brilliant performance at Tranmere Rovers as they welcome Rochdale to the Keepmoat – and you can follow it all live.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 4:54 pm
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale

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Last updated: Saturday, 08 February, 2020, 15:33

  • Rovers lead inside the first minute but pegged back nine from time
  • ROVERS: Dieng; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, James; Whiteman; Taylor (Ennis 64), Ramsey, Gomes (Sheaf 85), Sadlier; Cole (Okenabirhie 64). Subs not used: Jones, John, Blair, Coppinger.
  • ROCHDALE: Sanchez; Matheson, O’Connell, McShane, Norrington-Davies; Ryan (Dooley 77); Lund (Wilbraham 71), Morley; Rathbone; Done (Smith 65), Henderson. Subs not used: Lynch, McNulty, Williams, Keohane.
  • REFEREE: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire)
  • HT: 1-0
  • GOAL: Taylor (1), Rathbone (81)

Building on brilliant performance

Tuesday night felt like the start of a new era for Doncaster Rovers as they swept aside Tranmere Rovers with new faces and a new system driving them on. Rovers ran riot to deservedly earn a comfortable win and now is the time to kick on and hopefully build something in the remaining couple of months of the season.

Another struggling side await but one that can certainly be tricky on their day. Rochdale are capable of excellent football themselves but have had a hard time converting good play into wins in League One this season.

So, how will Rovers line-up?

That is likely to be the pressing question with each and every game Rovers have left this season.

Darren Moore has multiple options as his disposal and is not afraid to use them. What is certain is that he will not employ the same approach as Tuesday night simply because it worked so well for the test of Tranmere. He will have a plan of how to halt Rochdale and hurt them in the same breath.

James Coppinger will return to the squad after electing to have an injection in his ankle earlier this week. He is fighting fit and feeling great and has a very good chance of starting the game. Fejiri Okenabirhie will also be pushing for a start after scoring off the bench on Tuesday. Jon Taylor, Reece James and Ben Sheaf will be banging on the door also after sitting out from the start at Prenton Park.

Whatever side he selects, Moore has got some tough decisions to make - even though he would not label them so himself. For anyone to drop out that starting on Tuesday night would feel harsh. But there were players that had already dropped out which felt equally so.


ROVERS: Darren Moore has no fresh injury worries ahead of this game. James Coppinger is back in contention while loanee Jason Lokilo will be pushing for his first inclusion in a squad.

Probable: Dieng; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, James; Whiteman; Taylor, Ramsey, Coppinger, Sadlier; Cole.

ROCHDALE: Young star Luke Matheson is back available for Rochdale having been temporarily ineligible following his transfer to and loan back from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Callum Camps is facing a race against time to be fit. Matty Lund could make his re-debut for Dale having returned to the club on deadline day. Former Rovers loanee Tyler Smith is pushing for a start having scored the winner against Shrewsbury Town last week.

Last time out: Sanchez, Norrington-Davies, O'Connell, McShane, Dooley (Done 54), Keohane, Rathbone, Ryan, Morley (McLaughlin 76), Wilbraham (Smith 67), Henderson.


Rovers: WLDWLW

Rochdale: WLLDLW


Rovers: 3/5

Draw: 29/10

Rochdale: 19/4

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Doncaster Rovers side to face Rochdale

And it's TWO changes from the side that started the win over Tranmere Rovers in midweek. Wolverhampton Wanderers duo Cameron John and Niall Ennis both drop to the bench with Reece James and Jon Taylor returning to the side.

It looks as though Darren Moore will stick with the 4-1-4-1 system he deployed at Prenton Park but he does have the flexibility in the side to switch to a 4-2-3-1 with either Madger Gomes or Jacob Ramsey dropping in alongside Ben Whiteman.

Doncaster Rovers substitutes for the clash with Rochdale

Crystal Palace loanee Jason Lokilo continues to wait for his first opportunity in a Rovers matchday squad while Fejiri Okenabirhie awaits his first start.

Jon Taylor strikes after 46 seconds!

It was wonderful work by Kieran Sadlier that created it. He cut in off the left and clipped a lovely ball in towards the back post where Jon Taylor brushed it with his shoulder to slightly divert it into the bottom corner.

3.12 Good early pressure

It's been all Rovers inside the first ten minutes and they are certainly looking to turn the screw here. They're pushing back a Rochdale side who are able to get plenty of men behind the ball quickly and look like being a tough nut to crack.

3.19 Good spell by the visitors

I appear to have jinxed it.

Rochdale have seen plenty of the ball in the last five minutes and are working it well in wide areas. They've lacked the final ball so far but played some decent stuff.

A free kick from out wide from Rhys Norrington-Davies is headed towards goal only for Seny Dieng to fail to claim. The ball bounces around for a few seconds before it is hooked away by Brad Halliday.

It's all gone a bit slack from Rovers.

3.24 Struggling to get out

Rochdale look set in at the minute and Rovers are struggling to get out of their own half. The visitors have pushed everyone into the Rovers half and it's seeing them come straight back on the front foot whenever the ball is cleared out.

A low ball is cut into the area which Oliver Rathbone runs onto but fires well over the bar. Rathbone should have done much better and so should Rovers in attempting to defend the attack. It's decidedly off the boil at the minute.

Rovers break very well. Ben Whiteman heads a loose ball out to Kieran Sadlier, who cuts across Luke Matheson and curls for the far post, only to hit the woodwork.

A Rochdale corner goes deep to the back post, with Seny Dieng failing to claim. Paul McShane gets a head to the ball, looping it over Dieng and onto the crossbar. The Rovers keep then caught it, getting a whack on the head for his trouble.

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