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Preview: Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

A look ahead to this afternoon's Emirates FA Cup clash against Darren Moore's Donny side at Ewood Park

9 January 2021

Rovers return to action this afternoon as Tony Mowbray's men take one eye off their Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Doncaster Rovers are the visitors to Ewood Park today as Rovers begin their journey in the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage of the competition.

Donny got their FA Cup campaign underway with a commanding 5-1 victory at non-league side FC United of Manchester in round one, before reaching this stage of the tournament thanks to a 2-1 win at Carlisle United.

The two sides met at the start of the campaign, with Rovers running out 3-2 winners in the Carabao Cup back in August.

After a Lewis Holtby free-kick had given the home side a half-time lead, goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Madger Gomes turned the score around.

However, Rovers battled back and goals from Joe Rankin-Costello and an Adam Armstrong penalty secured the win for Tony Mowbray's men.

Mowbray could make changes for this test, with injuries continuing to prove problematic for the Rovers boss.

Daniel Ayala and Ryan Nyambe remain out of action, which means there could be alterations at the back.

Barry Douglas did a sterling job at right back at Birmingham City last weekend, whilst the same could be said of Bradley Johnson at centre back.

However, with others looking for opportunities, there could be a professional debut at full back for Dan Pike.

Other options in defence include Louie Annesley who, should he feature, will also make his first team debut for Rovers.

Bradley Dack could be pushing for a first start in midfield having appeared off the bench to score at St Andrew's last time out, whilst Lewis Travis will eye the game as the perfect opportunity to boost his match fitness.

Further forward, Tyrhys Dolan could also get game time against a side who he made his professional debut against back in that Carabao Cup clash in August.

And ahead of the contest, Darren Moore believes the tie will be a good gage of where his side are.

“It’s going to be a good game, I’ve spoken before about how well structured they are as a club and they have some good players there," he told the official Doncaster Rovers website ahead of the game.

“They’re having a good season so far and obviously we had a good look at each other when we played them back in August.

“Both teams are doing well and it’s a good one for us to challenge ourselves against opposition from a higher division.”

Supporters can watch the match for FREE, with the encounter one of eight matches made available to watch via The FA’s digital platform, exclusively delivered to homes by Deliveroo.

As this is an FA competition, the encounter will not be available to watch on iFollow Rovers.

However, you can listen to club commentary of the game by purchasing an iFollow Rovers audio pass, which is available for £2.50.

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Taylor Richards' strike is the difference as Rovers bow out of the Emirates FA Cup

9 January 2021

Taylor Richards' strike sent Rovers out of the Emirates FA Cup as Doncaster Rovers earned a narrow victory at Ewood Park to book their place in round four of the competition.

Sloppy defending allowed Richards to roam from midfield before his effort from the edge of the box squirmed under Aynsley Pears just before the break.

Rovers improved after the break, with the best opportunities falling to Bradley Dack and John Buckley, who both couldn't find a way past debutant Ellery Balcombe in the Donny goal.

Dack and Buckley were two of six changes made by Tony Mowbray for the cup tie, with Pears, Stewart Downing, Tom Trybull and Tyrys Dolan joining the duo in the starting XI.

It was an even start to the encounter in frosty conditions, with the returning Pears doing well to smother after Tyreece John-Jules was played in behind the Rovers backline on 12 minutes.

Another let off came a couple of minutes later as Darren Moore's side produced some fine football again to work the next move.

Patient play saw the ball played through to the impressive Richards, but the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee fired wide after skipping inside Amari'i Bell.

At the other end, Ben Brereton worked a chance but fired over Balcombe's upright as the half passed the mid-point at a freezing Ewood Park.

However, with just three minutes to go until the break, the visitors took the lead through the dangerous Richards.

The midfielder ran from the halfway line unchallenged and, going for goal from the edge of the box, the former Manchester City trainee saw his strike slither under Pears and into the bottom corner.

That goal meant Rovers went into the interval behind, with the boss making a change for the beginning of the second half with Barry Douglas on to replace Bell.

Rovers did improve after the break, and Downing's superb corner was headed onto his own crossbar by visiting defender Tom Anderson.

A moment later and Dack turned wide of the target after fine build up play down the left between Brereton and Douglas, as the home side began to up the ante.

At the other end, Fejiri Okenabirhie saw his left-footed effort held by Pears as Donny kept Rovers busy in defence with the hour mark approaching.

The emergence of Harvey Elliott and Joe Rothwell from the bench added an extra dimension to the side, with the former lashing just wide a moment after entering the action.

Time was running out, but Balcombe pulled off an excellent double save to keep out Elliott and then Dack's follow up, the latter stop being the most spectacular with under 20 minutes remaining.

The hosts continued to probe, and Armstrong saw his strike hacked off the line as the clock ticked to 84 minutes.

Three minutes later and a glorious chance came and went as Buckley could only prod wide after Rothwell fed the right back in behind with a tantalising ball in.

And that was to be the final action of what was to be a disappointing day on home turf.

Rovers: Pears, Buckley, Lenihan (c), Johnson, Bell (Douglas, 46), Trybull (Armstrong, 65), Travis (Elliott, 58), Downing (Rothwell, 58), Dolan, Dack (Davenport, 73), Brereton.

Unused substitutes: Kaminski, Gallagher, Grayson, Pike.

Booked: Downing, 35, Travis, 40, Elliott, 81, Davenport, 90.

Doncaster Rovers: Balcombe, Halliday, James, Anderson (c), Wright, Okenabirhie (Amos, 80), Richards (Lokilo, 67), John-Jules, Butler, Simoes, John.

Unused substitutes: Jones, Williams, Coppinger, Blythe, Ravenhill.

Goal: Richards, 43

Booked: John, 81.

Referee: Samuel Barrott.

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