Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool - ‘We owe them one, they keep beating us!’

Blackpool have won their last four league visits to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Blackpool have won their last four league visits to the Keepmoat Stadium.

He may not be the sort of manager who typically goes for a revenge mission motivation tactic but even Darren Ferguson admits Rovers ‘owe one’ to Blackpool.

This weekend’s visitors to the Keepmoat have won their last three league games against Rovers and knocked them out of the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties last season.

So you can see why Ferguson thinks it is time for Rovers to get a win back.

“We do owe them one, I have to say, because they keep beating us,” he told the Free Press.

“But it’s a game that’s definitely winnable.”

Blackpool – promoted from League Two alongside Rovers – got off the mark in the third tier on Saturday with a 1-0 win over MK Dons following an opening day defeat at Bradford City.

Ferguson said: “They actually could have won all three games they’ve played.

“They played very well against Wigan in the cup and were unlucky to lose to Bradford.

“They’ve played three different formations so far.

“On Saturday they played with two out-and-out wingers that were rapid so that’s something we may have to look at.

“They’re a good team, Blackpool. They have a threat.

“They’ve definitely added a lot more pace and energy to their squad this season.”

Youth team graduate Bright Osayi-Samuel and former Birmingham City winger Viv Solomon-Otabor are the two real speed merchants for Blackpool.

In the win over MK Dons they were deployed as wide forwards with Mark Cullen in the centre.

The Seasiders have deployed 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 systems so far this season.

Unsure of exactly what to expect from Blackpool this weekend, Ferguson re-watched their 1-0 win at the Keepmoat in April.

“I had a look at that one in case they play a similar formation,” the Rovers boss said.

“They played in a way that not many teams play against us.

“I’ve had a look at the MK Dons game and a bit on the Bradford game.

“We’ve done some work on that already and we’ll do more on Thursday.

“It’ll be a tough game for us but if we can maintain the standards we showed at Blackburn last weekend then we’ll give them a good game.”


Alfie May is putting pressure on Liam Mandeville for a starting spot after scoring in successive games.

But does Darren Ferguson think May is more effective coming off the bench?

Probable: Lawlor; Mason, Wright, Butler, Andrew; Whiteman, Blair, Rowe, Coppinger; Mandeville, Marquis.


Rovers 3 Blackpool 3, October 31, 2009

These two sides produced a six-goal thriller when they met in the Championship almost eight years ago.

Tangerines boss Ian Hollways said: “I thought it was a fantastic game of football and a credit to both sides. I’d have been happy to pay to watch myself.”


Doncaster have not beaten Blackpool at home in the league in their last eight attempts.


Blackpool lost 2-1 at Bradford City on the opening day but beat MK Dons 1-0 at the weekend. They lost 2-1 at Wigan in the Carabao Cup.

The pace of strike trio Bright Osayi-Samuel, Viv Solomon-Otabor and Mark Cullen gives Gary Bowyer’s side a significant threat on the break.

Colin Daniel impressed in central midfield against MK.