The big-character display that saw Doncaster Rovers beat Crawley Town

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Two under pressure rookie bosses go head-to-head when Doncaster Rovers welcome struggling Crawley Town to the Eco-Power Stadium this afternoon.

Gary McSheffrey’s Doncaster have fallen to twelfth in League Two after three straight defeats, but did halt their losing run against Lincoln City in the Papa Johns Trophy on Tuesday.

Their opponents today, who are led by Kevin Betsy – also in his first senior managerial role – have won just once in the league this term, with two defeats in their last two.

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Doncaster Rovers v Crawley Town LIVE

Key Events

  • Doncaster looking to put an end to three straight defeats in League Two
  • Crawley have lost their last two in league and cup
  • Rovers beat Lincoln City in the Papa Johns Trophy on Tuesday

Doncaster try playing out from the back and surrender possession. Crawley come forward and Caleb Chukwueme’s low shot from inside the area goes wide of the far post.

Doncaster force another corner

Ben Close sprays a pass out wide to Luke Molyneux, who finds Kyle Hurst on the overlap. His low cross is cleared for a corner.

Clayton’s delivery is just too high for Joseph Olowu, however.

Rovers starting to get on top.

Miller does well to get in front of his man for a forward pass and finds the run of Hurst, who dances past a couple of challenges in the area but sees his low effort saved by Corey Addai.

A Crawley corner is delivered into the six-yard box and missed by the Rovers defence. A bit of pinball ensues in their box before play is stopped for a foul on Kyle Hurst.

Clayton being very vocal in the early stages to help his team get going.

Luke Molyneux is hurt

The winger is on the deck clutching his lower back.

Doncaster force a corner

They get a man over, Miller finds Hurst but defender cuts the pas out. The home side force another when Joseph Olowu’s back-post header is thwarted, but it comes to nothing.

Crawley get us started.

Gary McSheffrey’s programme notes

‘The last few weeks have been disappointing, with poor performances both individually and collectively.

‘The group showed tremendous character over the first month of the season an I feel that we haven’t seen enough of it in these recent defeats.

‘I know criticism of individual players has raised a few eyebrows but it comes with the best of intentions. I am fully aware of what these players are capable of and the potential they have and it is my job to bring the best out of them on a consistent basis.

‘And rest assured that, as a staff, we are just as critical of ourselves as any player and are constantly assessing and evaluating the decisions we make.’