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Blues boss on facing Doncaster

12 February 2019

Chris Powell looks ahead to tonight's Sky Bet League One clash against Doncaster Rovers as his side travels to the Keepmoat Stadium in search of another point or possibly points away from home...

On the Charlton draw...

“It’s a case of going again for the players this week, I thought they were magnificent in adversity really I mean we started off very positive and kind of took the game to them for a while and there was a bit of toing and froing but of course the goal really helped us from Stephen (Humphrys). 

I know it took a deflection, but I’ve said to them we’ve got to shoot, we need to shoot more I keep saying it because we’ve got players that can get the goals and it’s great for Stephen who has three goals in four games now.  

The goal kept us on the front foot, and we had to defend well, and I felt every player played their part in that, but the turning point is the sending off. It’s harsh but I can see why he gave it, Dru quite clearly slipped but the contact is very high, and the referee has one instant decision to make and unfortunately for us and Dru it wasn’t what we wanted.  

“I thought that the players actually rallied around the decision and Simon Cox ended up playing on the left wing until half-time and we said to the players, you will be under pressure in the game but there will be opportunities to go forward and we certainly had those moments, and the players all put in a real shift and were backed by nearly 1,500 supporters.  

“I couldn’t have asked for any more, and I wanted us to score right at the end which nearly happened, but to take a point in those circumstances was really heartening to see and on the backdrop of our previous game I thought the players really stood up to the test. But it’s about doing it again and again and again and I have to ask for that from all the players in the remaining 15 games. 

On adapting the style of play for different oppositions...

We’ve had to look at what’s right for us and what will give us the best chance of winning the game, the best chance of not conceding and also what’s the best way for us to be solid because you can’t be too open away from home, but equally you have to have that balance in the team. 

“It’s a balance of being on the front foot and attack minded but also making sure we are in the right areas to nullify them (the opposition). It brings up questions like can someone like Michael Kightly go again on Tuesday, after not playing for a while?

"Do you look at maybe freshening things up? It’s always hard to find a balance as a manager because you want the same personnel to go out there and do great, but then you also want that freshness and the energy which I felt we showed a lot of against Charlton. 

“We spoke about it a lot all of last week, the fact that we have to show that running power and that attitude to do the work because you will get those opportunities that you play for. 

“We trained on Monday and travel on Tuesday, and we’ve trained with everyone and they all know what to do against Doncaster, and we will go there ready for the game and play our part in trying to earn this club three points or at least a point. 

On Doncaster Rovers...

John Marquis is a key player for Doncaster and there’s no doubt about that, but equally they’ve got a special way of playing, and Grant [McCann] has done well with them throughout the season. 

“They’ve got a big game on Sunday against Crystal Palace, but I think that they possibly see this game as bigger one. I know the FA Cup is a great lift for them and I know they haven’t been in the fifth round for a very long time, but I think that because of the position they are in, they will want to do their best to keep their form going.

"The FA Cup game is a bonus match for them, and it’s on Sunday so they’ve got an extra day of recovery, whereas we play Portsmouth at half-past 12 on Saturday, so we’ve both got different things to think about. 

“But for now it's about this game and its about us looking after James CoppingerMallik Wilks and Marquis, but the midfielders have done very well this year for them. They have a style of play that hasn’t really changed this season so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for them.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Doncaster 3-0 Southend

12 February 2019

Southend’s winless run continued as they lost 3-0 to Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium with goals from John Marquis, Mallik Wilks and Herbie Kane.

Despite a bright start from the visitors, Rovers captain Marquis nodded Doncaster in front after less than quarter of an hour when he was found by a James Coppinger cross to score the opener.

Southend had a good opportunity to level shortly after the interval through Simon Cox but they then conceded a second as Wilks’ low drive deceived Nathan Bishop at his near post.  

Rovers had chances to extend their lead further, with Marquis seeing one effort come off the post before Elvis Bwomono blocked another goal-bound effort on the line.

And eventually, they did find a third when Marquis broke clear, teeing up Herbie Kane to tap in from close range to help cement Rovers’ place in the play-off places.

The win for the home side also ensured Doncaster continued their stranglehold over Southend, extending their unbeaten run against Blues to nine games, while Chris Powell’s side remain without a win in their last four matches with Portsmouth next up at Roots Hall on Saturday.  

With a date with Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup on the horizon, Doncaster boss Grant McCann insisted that his Rovers side wouldn’t look past Powell’s Blues at the Keepmoat and McCann resisted the temptation to rotate his squad by naming an unchanged line up against Southend.  

Southend, on the other hand, made two changes, one enforced, with the suspended Dru Yearwood replaced by Michael Klass – his first league start – and Stephen McLaughlin coming in for Michael Kightly and the visitors made a lively start.

Early efforts from Elvis Bwomono and Simon Cox were well blocked by the red and white shirts of Rovers as Southend failed to get through and test Marko Marosi, but Blues were then caught by a sucker punch 14 minutes in as the home side took an early lead.  

A hotly disputed corner that was awarded against John White found its way to James Coppinger who expertly whipped the ball onto the head of captain John Marquis, with the striker gladly accepting the invitation to head the ball beyond Nathan Bishop from 10 yards out.

The game’s first bit of quality had unlocked the Southend defence and Rovers almost scored again shortly after Marquis’ header, when Ben Whiteman’s strike took a wicked deflection only to be gathered by Bishop who’d adjusted his body well to make the save.

Southend had an opportunity to level midway through the half with a Timothee Dieng header that was easily held by Marosi before Sam Hart had to be on his toes up the other end to prevent Marquis grabbing a second with a superb recovery tackle.

And Blues were living dangerously as the half came to a close with Bishop springing across superbly to his right to prevent Ali Crawford’s free-kick finding the net. From the resulting corner, Whiteman’s header came off John White and struck the face of the crossbar before Southend hurriedly cleared.

Doncaster carried that forward momentum into the second-half and within a minute of the restart Marquis was causing problems again, doing well to spin his man before firing a low shot towards goal that was well saved by Bishop down to his right.

With just a one-goal margin, Southend were very much still in this contest and they had a glorious chance to level go begging when the ball fell to Cox at the far post, but his goal-bound effort was bravely blocked by Paul Downing to ensure the home side remained in front.

That chance seemed to give Blues a little bit of impetus as they pushed for an equaliser, but they soon found themselves further behind as Doncaster extended their lead through Wilks to all but end Southend’s hopes of taking anything back home to Essex.

The Rovers number seven found the ball at his feet on the right-hand side of the penalty area before firing low between the legs of Hart, deceiving Bishop at his near-post, and putting Doncaster in touching distance of extending their unbeaten run against Southend to nine matches.

Things could have got worse for Blues as Danny Andrew’s free-kick was headed against the post by Marquis. Wilks then broke free and was stopped by a sprawling Bishop only for the ball to fall to Marquis who saw his effort brilliantly blocked on the line by Elvis Bwomono.

But Doncaster would eventually grab a third to seal the three points with Marquis once again involved, breaking free down the right before teeing the ball up for Herbie Kane to have the simplest of tap-ins to make it a night to forget for Powell’s side.  

Doncaster Rovers XI: Marosi, Andrew, Wilks, Whiteman, Marquis (C), Crawford, Anderson, Kane (Smith 77’), Coppinger (Sadlier 69’), Downing, Lewis (Blair 65’). Subs Not Used: Jones, Butler, Rowe May

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Dieng, Cox, McLaughlin, Mantom (C), Klass (Kightly 58’), Moore, Humphrys, Hart, White (Turner 46’). Subs Not Used: Smith, Lennon, Wabo, Kelman, Hutchinson

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Barry Gordon & Joe Clark

Fourth Official: Darren Drysdale


Doncaster Rovers: John Marquis 14’, Mallik Wilks 55’, Herbie Kane 73’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Doncaster Rovers: Aaron Lewis 26’

Southend United: None

Attendance: 6,557 (206 Away) 

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Ticket News

Doncaster ticket information

11 February 2019

Tickets for Blues' away game against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday 12 February will come off sale on Monday at 5pm.

We have been allocated 316 unreserved seated tickets for the Sky Bet League One fixture.

Supporters can pay on the day, cash or card, and there is no price increase on day.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Category Price
Adult £21
Senior (Over 60's) £17
22-24 £17
18-21 £13
12-17 £8
Under 11's £5

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a carer free of charge.

Please note Doncaster operate a no duplicate policy

Away travel information for the Doncaster game can be found here.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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