Doncaster Rovers v Crawley Town: MATCH CENTRE

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DEAN Saunders is set to name an unchanged line-up for the third consecutive game as he looks to maintain Rovers’ 100 per cent start to the season.

Saunders has no fresh injury worries following Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Bury and is not keen to change a winning team.

James Coppinger is likely to remain on the bench despite his Rovers future looking a little more certain after turning down a move to Barnsley.

Shelton Martis remains the only long term absence.

Former Rovers loanee Jonathan Forte will be pushing for his first start for Crawley after coming off the bench in the last two games.

The striker netted in the Red Devils’ 3-0 opening day win over another of his former clubs Scunthorpe United.

Crawley boss Richie Barker stuck with the same team that beat Scunthorpe for Tuesday’s clash with Swindon Town.

But after a 3-0 defeat, Barker may be keen to shake things up with striker Nicky Ajose also pushing for a start.


Boss Dean Saunders: “I wasn’t expecting us to play so well so soon.

“We played miles better than I though we would and we’ve got lots of players in form.

“The main thing is we’ve won games, we’ve hit the ground running and we’re not scrambling around for points.

“I watched Crawley batter Brighton in pre-season and I thought these are a good team and they’ve got a good chance of carrying on because they’ve got a winning formula.

“They’ve got harmony and a place in the team and that’s what they’ve done.”

Rovers probable starting XI (4-4-2): Woods, Quinn, Jones, McCombe, Spurr; Cotterill, Syers, Woods, Bennett, Brown, Paynter.


Chris Brown has taken the bull by the horns this season as he looks to get his Rovers career off the ground following last year’s injury woe.

Three goals in three games is a superb return for the striker who looks fitter, sharper and stronger with each passing game.

He seemed to be in the right place at the right time consistently against Bury and probably should have had more goals than his single winning strike.

The early stages of the 27-year-old’s burgeoning partnership with Billy Paynter look highly promising.

Match odds: Rovers 13/10 Draw 9/4 Crawley 2/1

Crawley last game: Swindon Town (a) 3-0

Team: Jones, Sadler, Connolly, McFadzean, Davis (Cooper, 81), Akpan, Clarke (Ajose, 68), Simpson, Bullman (Forte, 63), Adams, Alexander. Subs not used: Kuipers, Neilson, Torres, Hunt.

Head to Head: This will be the first ever meeting between to two clubs.