RECAP: Doncaster Rovers 2 Swindon Town 1 - A third straight win for Moore's men

A Reece James double helped Doncaster Rovers to a third straight win as they beat Swindon Town 2-1 at the Keepmoat.

By Liam Hoden
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 9:04 pm
Doncaster Rovers v Swindon Town
Doncaster Rovers v Swindon Town

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Doncaster Rovers 2 Swindon Town 1

Last updated: Tuesday, 15 December, 2020, 19:25

  • GOALS: James (47, 72), Jaiyesimi (90+7 pen)
  • Third straight win from Rovers
  • TWO changes from win over Gillingham. OUT: John, Richards. IN: Amos, Coppinger.
  • ROVERS: Lumley; Halliday, Anderson, Butler, Amos; Whiteman, Smith (John 73); Sims (Taylor 60), Coppinger (Richards 60) James; John-Jules (Okenabirhie 79). Subs: Jones, Lokilo, Hasani.
  • SWINDON: Kovar; Odimayo, Baudry, Fryers, Grounds; Conroy (T Smith 79); M Smith, Payne; J Smith, Hope (Stevens 59), Jaiyesimi. Subs: Fryer, Caddis, Pitman, Curran, Grant.
  • REF: Paul Howard

Time to turn the screw

After roaring back with a superb performance on Saturday, Rovers now have a three match run against sides occupying the relegation zone.

And it presents Darren Moore’s side with a real opportunity to step into Christmas with an excellent run of form and a top six spot in their sack.

Only, we know it has been against the division’s ‘lesser’ sides where Rovers have struggled this term. However, they have shown improvement in breaking down opposition teams in recent weeks so confidence will be high that they can take on any style of opposition.

What will aid their cause is finding the back of the net more regularly, particularly when dominating play and creating as many chances as they did against Gillingham.

Visitors Swindon are on an awful run of form in results terms and have lost 11 of their 17 matches so far in the league this term.  And they have taken only four points from 24 available on the road.

On form terms, you probably would not change the side that started the win over Gillingham, particularly after a superb first half performance.

But we know Darren Moore does not stick steadfastly to determining his side based on the previous fixtures.

However, it would not be a big surprise if he was to stick with his selection tonight.

Joe Wright is rated as touch-and-go to return from his calf injury so Moore is unlikely to risk throwing him back into the side.

And while Jon Taylor did return off the bench on Saturday, Moore may again take the cautious approach when it comes to his comeback.

Madger Gomes and Rayhaan Tulloch remain longer term absentees.

Possible: Lumley, Halliday, Anderson, Butler, John, Whiteman, Smith, Sims, Richards, James, John-Jules.

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And it’s TWO changes from the side that started the win over Gillingham at the weekend.

Out goes Cameron John and Taylor Richards, with Danny Amos and James Coppinger coming into the side.

Joe Wright continues to miss out as a result of his calf strain.

Subs: Jones, John, Hasani, Richards, Lokilo, Taylor, Okenabirhie.

Former Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry starts for the visitors with former loanee Tyler Smith on the bench

James Coppinger takes the kick-off and we are underway

And it’s for the visitors. Diallang Jaiyesimi lays off for Jack Payne who curls on goal from 20 yards but it’s an easy stop for Joe Lumley.

Matt Smith strikes a volley well off target from a Swindon corner.

It’s been a lively start from the visitors and Rovers haven’t quite got to grips with the game just yet.

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