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Match Preview: Doncaster v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

17 October 2017

Doncaster Rovers v Pompey

They won successive league games for the first time this season by beating MK Dons at the weekend.

But now Pompey are looking to make it three victories on the bounce when they make the long trip north to face Doncaster tonight.

Darren Ferguson’s men won both contests between the sides last term, including a televised 3-1 triumph at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It was the Blues who had the last laugh, however, as they pipped Rovers to the League Two title on the final day.

Of the four promoted teams, it is Pompey who currently occupy the highest position, sitting one point outside the play-off berths in eighth spot.

This evening’s opponents, meanwhile, are down in 18th, having won just once on home soil in the league.

But they did see off Championship outfit Hull at the Keepmoat Stadium to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup, where they were narrowly beaten at Arsenal.

Doncaster go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Charlton and while Pompey try to break into the top six, their opponents will be keen not to tumble into the relegation zone tonight.

TEAM NEWS
Conor Chaplin has recovered from a hamstring problem, but Drew Talbot has picked up a groin injury.

The visitors will also still be without Adam May (ankle), Damien McCrory (knee), Brett Pitman (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Former Fratton loanee John Marquis is suspended for Rovers, who are also missing Alfie May (hernia) and Andy Williams (thigh), while James Coppinger (calf) is a doubt.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Christian Burgess have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Doncaster 5 wins
3 draws

At Doncaster
Pompey: 5 wins
Doncaster: 2 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Supporters can no longer buy tickets directly from Pompey, but they will be available from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the north-west corner of the Keepmoat Stadium tonight. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of tonight’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have match updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Doncaster are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 2/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham
Blackburn v Plymouth
Blackpool v Bury
Bradford v Oldham
Gillingham v Wigan
MK Dons v Walsall
Oxford v Charlton
Rochdale v Northampton
Scunthorpe v Fleetwood
Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers
Southend v Peterborough

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Doncaster 2 Pompey 1

Donohue sees red as Blues are beaten

17 October 2017

Pompey in action at Doncaster Rovers

A disastrous start cost Pompey as they made the long trip home from Doncaster on the back of a 2-1 defeat.

They conceded twice inside the opening five minutes, with Liam Mandeville opening the scoring before Christian Burgess inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.

A comical own-goal from Mathieu Baudry sparked hopes of a comeback, but they were dashed when Dion Donohue – figuratively and literally – saw red.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that convincingly beat MK Dons on home soil at the weekend.

Gareth Evans returned to the starting line-up in a wide attacking role on the right and was also handed the captain’s armband.

Jamal Lowe dropped to the bench, having travelled up later than the rest of the squad following the birth of his baby daughter.

Pompey were looking to build on successive league victories, but got off to a terrible start and found themselves two down before some fans had even taken their seat.

They had looked bright immediately following kick-off and a couple of attacks were thwarted by the Rovers back-line.

But the hosts were more clinical and broke the deadlock when Rodney Kongolo collected Tommy Rowe’s pass and squared for Mandeville to prod home.

And Doncaster doubled their advantage a few seconds later, as Burgess inadvertently sliced Harry Toffolo’s corner into his own net.

It almost got even worse for the Blues, but Andy Butler could not guide his header on target after meeting another Toffolo set-piece.

Pompey almost reduced their deficit midway through the first half, with Joe Wright forced to clear from the line when Burgess guided Matty Kennedy’s free-kick towards goal.

That was about it for clear-cut opportunities before the interval, with much of the battle taking place in the centre of the pitch.

Ben Close did see a volley charged down when Kennedy’s cross was headed into his path by Nathan Thompson.

Donohue then lifted a free-kick into the box with the seconds ticking down, but Kennedy was unable to force his shot through a sea of bodies.

Half Time: Doncaster 2 Pompey 0

Jackett, unsurprisingly, decided to make a couple of changes at the start of the second half, as the visitors looked for a route back into the game.

They were both attacking substitutes, with Evans and Kyle Bennett making for new father Lowe and – making his 100th appearance – Conor Chaplin.

And Chaplin almost made an immediate impression when Oliver Hawkins was fouled right on the edge of the box.

The diminutive striker stepped up take the free-kick and managed to bend it over the wall and against the crossbar.

But the Blues were handed a lifeline in bizarre fashion on 54 minutes – and it is a moment that Ian Lawlor will be keen to forget.

Doncaster’s keeper allowed Baudry’s back-pass to slip under his foot and was unable to hack the ball clear before it crossed the line.

That gave the visitors a visible lift, while their opponents started to display some nerves now their lead was so narrow.

A couple of dangerous Kennedy corners had to be headed clear, while a cross from the winger was then flicked narrowly wide by Chaplin.

But just when the 620 travelling fans started to dream of a comeback, Pompey were suddenly faced with an even steeper mountain to climb.

A frustrated Donohue kicked out at Niall Mason in an off-the-ball incident and although referee Martin Coy missed it, his assistant advised that the left-back should be dismissed.

The visitors kept trying to push forward in search of a leveller, but were obviously now finding it more difficult.

When they did get the ball into dangerous areas, Doncaster had plenty of players back to halt their charge.

There was clearly a bit of needle between the teams and something Mandeville said as he was substituted left Burgess enraged.

But Pompey were almost celebrating deep into stoppage-time when Lowe met Kennedy’s cross, only for his deft header to be superbly kept out by Lawlor.

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Lawlor; Blair (Mason 46), Wright, Butler (c), Baudry (Beestin 72); Houghton, Whiteman; Kongolo, Rowe, Toffolo; Mandeville (Garratt 88)
Goals: Mandeville 3, Burgess 5 (og)
Booked: Rowe
Subs not used: Marosi, Alcock, Ben Khemis, Fletcher

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, O’Keefe; Evans (c) (Lowe 46), Bennett (Chaplin 46), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Baudry 54 (og)
Sent off: Donohue
Booked: Burgess, O’Keefe
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rose, Naismith

Referee: Martin Coy

Attendance:
7,211 (620 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Doncaster (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

16 October 2017

The Keepmoat Stadium, home of Doncaster Rovers

Tickets for Pompey’s midweek trip to Doncaster are still available.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 500 seats for the long trek to the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office until 5pm this evening.

Alternatively, supporters can purchase tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the north-west corner of the ground on the day of the game.

Category Prices
Adult £21
Senior (60+) £17
Young Person (18-21) £13
Junior (U18) £8
Child (U12) £5

Wheelchair spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

There is a £1 charge for tickets that are bought online or over the phone.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000

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