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Match Preview: Doncaster v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

20 August 2021

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Doncaster Rovers v Pompey

Pompey begin a long run of away games when they visit the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The postponement of a Fratton fixture with Plymouth at the start of September means the next three league contests are all on the road.

Danny Cowley’s side are hoping to build on their perfect beginning to the campaign, with three successive victories sending them to the League One summit.

Their next opponents, by contrast, are one of a trio of teams yet to collect a single point so far this term.

Rovers have been beaten by AFC Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday and Accrington, although did see off Walsall on penalties to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Former Salford boss Richie Wellens took charge of the South Yorkshire outfit in May following the departure of Darren Moore a couple of months earlier.

One of his first acts as manager was to persuade Ben Close to turn down a new contract at Fratton Park and sign for Doncaster.

A last-gasp John Marquis goal was not enough to prevent the Blues from losing 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have doubts over the fitness of Marcus Harness (quad) and skipper Clark Robertson (ankle) after the pair went off injured at half-time on Tuesday night.

Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are definitely missing, while Callum Johnson serves the final game of his suspension.

Former Pompey forward Jordy Hiwula is sidelined for Doncaster, along with Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jon Taylor (all ankle).

Charlie Seaman and Matt Smith are both back in training after periods of self-isolation, with the latter having contracted Covid-19 and the former deemed a close contact.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Kieron Freeman ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Doncaster 8 wins
6 draws

At Doncaster
Pompey: 6 wins
Doncaster: 4 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can purchase tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy reception next to the away turnstiles at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Click here to read a guide for away fans.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Mark Cunliffe and Joe Simpson
Fourth Official: Stephen Wade

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from BBC Radio Solent by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday (1pm)
Bolton v Oxford
Cambridge v Burton
Charlton v Wigan
Crewe v Accrington
Fleetwood v Cheltenham
Gillingham v Morecambe
Ipswich v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Plymouth
Sunderland v AFC Wimbledon
Wycombe v Lincoln

CLASSIC CONTEST

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Match Reports

Doncaster 0 Pompey 0

Williams penalty saved in entertaining stalemate

21 August 2021

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild in action for Pompey at Doncaster Rovers
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Shaun Williams saw a second half penalty saved, as Pompey's winning start to the season ended with a draw at Doncaster.

The home side looked more dangerous in the first half, but it was certainly a different story after the interval.

Michael Jacobs and John Marquis were both denied by fine Pontus Dahlberg saves, while the keeper then kept out a spot-kick from substitute Williams.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that beat Shrewsbury on home soil earlier in the week.

Joe Morrell was handed a first start in the centre of midfield, while there were also returns for Connor Ogilvie and Gassan Ahadme.

Williams and Lee Brown both dropped to the bench, but Marcus Harness (quad) missed out through injury.

There was a quick reunion with academy graduate Ben Close, who appeared in midfield for the hosts.

The hosts were dealt an early blow when skipper Tom Anderson went down injured and had to be replaced in the centre of defence by Branden Horton.

But it was Rovers who looked the more dangerous side before the break, with Tiago Cukur not quite able to turn home Charlie Seaman’s teasing delivery.

They thought the deadlock had been broken after Close had picked out Tommy Rowe in the Pompey box.

His first attempt was brilliantly saved by Gavin Bazunu and although the second was tucked away, the linesman was flagging for a foul on Clark Robertson.

Close was looking a particular threat and dragged one good opportunity wide before seeing another well saved by Bazunu.

The Blues, meanwhile, were still looking to make a real impact on proceedings, having been forced onto the back foot.

A cross from Kieron Freeman was angled over the bar by Ronan Curtis, who later tried to make Ro-Shaun Williams pay for dallying on the ball.

Curtis also hit a firm 35-yard free-kick through the Doncaster wall, but straight into the arms of Dahlberg.

The keeper had drawn a few groans for sending some goal-kicks out of play and there were ironic cheers when he managed to keep one on the pitch.

Pompey’s best chance came just before the break, as Robertson met Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s corner, but could only manage to divert the ball into Dahlberg’s arms.

Half Time: Doncaster 0 Pompey 0

The visitors had a chance soon after the interval, when Gassan recovered from taking a heavy touch to find Curtis in the box.

He met the ball with a neat flick, but Dahlberg did well to get down quickly and stop the ball finding the net.

Pompey were still struggling for fluency, however, and Cowley decided the time was right to make a change just before the hour mark.

It came in the centre of midfield, where Morrell was withdrawn and replaced by the evergreen Williams.

And a second switch followed a few minutes later, with Jacobs coming on for the tireless Hackett-Fairchild.

He almost gave the visitors the lead on 67 minutes following a frantic spot of pinball in the Doncaster box.

The ball eventually fell to Jacobs and he hit a shot through a sea of bodies and towards the net, only for Dahlberg to get down and make a fine stop.

But the keeper then made an even better save to deny Marquis from point-blank range after a Williams corner had been nodded back into the centre by Sean Raggett.

The danger was not over, though and when the ball was sent into the box again, Gassan’s header looped just over.

Pompey were suddenly looking really dangerous, but the otherwise faultless Bazunu almost spilled a Seaman shot into the net and had to grab it at the second attempt.

Cowley’s final change followed on 74 minutes, with Marquis applauded off by both sets of supporters and replaced in attack by George Hirst.

The Blues should have gone in front late on, as Bazunu’s long pass forward found Gassan in the box and he was clumsily bundled to the turf.

Referee Carl Boyeson immediately pointed to the spot, but Williams’ penalty lacked power and Dahlberg went the right way to keep it out.

The game remained incredibly open, however, and it was still Pompey on the front foot, looking to turn one point into three.

But Doncaster almost grabbed a late winner themselves, as Branden Horton’s effort bounced into the turf and was looping into the net before a back-pedalling Bazunu managed to tip it over.

The Blues kept piling on their pressure throughout seven minutes of additional time, but could not force a way through.

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Dahlberg; Knoyle, R.Williams, Anderson (c) (Horton 12), John; Bostock (Smith 69), Galbraith; Seaman, Close, Rowe; Cukur (Gardner 87)
Booked: Bostock, Knoyle
Subs not used: Jones, Blythe, Barlow, E.Williams

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Freeman, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Tunnicliffe, Morrell (Williams 59); Hackett-Fairchild (Jacobs 62), Gassan, Curtis; Marquis (Hirst 74)
Booked: Marquis, Jacobs
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Brown, Harrison

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 6,660 (1,292 Pompey fans)

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