Doncaster Rovers 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 RECAP: Okenabirhie just before half time, Ennis just after the restart - Dieng gifts one for Trotters

Doncaster Rovers made hard work of seeing off Bolton Wanderers, but the three points are all that matters.

By Liam Hoden
Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:46 pm
Doncaster Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Doncaster Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

Here’s how the match went at the Keepmoat, on our live blog

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Last updated: Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 20:12

First meeting between sides since Bolton's controversial decision to cancel reverse fixture in August

  • Rovers looking to push on after draw with Rochdale on Saturday
  • ROVERS: Dieng; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, James (John 45); Whiteman, Sheaf; Sadlier, Coppinger (Ramsey 86), Ennis; Okenabirhie (Cole 73). Subs: Jones, Blair, Taylor, Watters.
  • BOLTON: Matthews, Emmanuel, Lowe, Hobbs (Mellis 59), L Murphy, D Murphy, O'Grady, Fleming, Bryan (Delaney 88), Hamilton, Dodoo. Subs: Alexander, Bunney, Faal, Graham.
  • Bolton have taken seven points from the last 39 available
  • GOAL: Okenabirhie (40), Ennis (48); Dodoo (57)


ROVERS: Darren Moore has reported a clean bill of health for the fixture. Loanee Jason Lokilo featured for the U23s against Mansfield Town this afternoon and will continue his wait for a first place in a senior squad. Fejiri Okenabirhie is pushing for his first start while James Coppinger and Ben Sheaf are primed for recalls to the XI.

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

BOLTON: Trotters boss Keith Hill is likely to be without defender Toto Nsiala, who was knocked unconscious in a clash with Coventry's Callum O'Hare on Saturday. Ryan Delaney may make his full debut following his switch from Rochdale. Ronan Darcy is out with a foot injury.

Last time out: Matthews, Emmanuel, Bryan, Nsiala, Fleming, Lowe, Murphy, Hamilton, Politic, Murphy, O'Grady.


Rovers: LDWLWD

Bolton: LLLDWL


Rovers: 4/9

Draw: 7/2

Bolton: 6/1


The Staffordshire referee will take charge of his tenth fixture involving Rovers. This season, he oversaw the 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup first round replay. That was the sixth win Rovers have secured with Sarginson in the middle. He has yet to send off a Rovers player though did dismiss Watford's Mathias Ranégie and Bury's Steven Schumacher on their trips to the Keepmoat.

Sarginson has refereed three Bolton games in the past - with the Trotters losing two and drawing one. 

This season he has taken charge of 25 matches but has only issued one red card so far and not awarded a single penalty. He was handed out 64 bookings.

Sarginson will be assisted Gareth Viccars and Richard Woodward. The fourth official is Joe Simpson.


Darren Moore

Darren Moore says Bolton's unilateral decision to cancel the reverse fixture at short notice will have no influence on tonight's game. CLICK HERE


Cameron John

How Cameron John sees the challenge of having twice as many away games left as those at the Keepmoat. CLICK HERE


Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill

The Rovers boss says Bolton are rarely out of games and his side are going to have to work hard to get the win. CLICK HERE


New Doncaster Rovers signing Jason Lokilo

Here is why loanee Jason Lokilo has yet to be a part of a senior matchday squad since his switch from Crystal Palace. CLICK HERE

And it's FOUR changes from the side that started the draw with Rochdale. OUT go Jon Taylor, Jacob Ramsey, Madger Gomes and Devante Cole. IN come James Coppinger, Ben Sheaf, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Niall Ennis.

It looks at this stage very much like a switch back to the 4-2-3-1 system that Darren Moore has favoured for so much of the season.

Madger Gomes misses out entirely.

SUBS: Jones, John, Blair, Taylor, Ramsey, Watters, Cole.

James Coppinger cuts out a poor clearance from Bolton and strikes for goal, seeing his effort well blocked by Jack Hobbs

From the subsequent corner, the ball is headed out to Ben Whiteman who strikes a wonderful first time effort, through a crowd of bodies with Bolton keeper Remi Matthews saving well

Reece James completely misjudges the flight of a long ball forward, seeing it sail over his head and straight into the path of Joe Dodoo. He squares across the face of goal where Ben Sheaf cuts out the pass and pushes the ball clear.

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