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Big Preview: Doncaster Rovers vs Southend United

28 January 2020

Doncaster Rovers vs Southend United...

Overview

Southend United return to action on Tuesday night following a 10-day break as they visit the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster Rovers in League One.

Blues go into the game off the back of their first league win under Sol Campbell and they’ll be looking for retribution following a thumping 7-1 defeat the last time these two sides met.

But Southend know it’ll be a mammoth task to maintain their recent upturn in fortunes as they’ve only beaten Doncaster once in 15 meetings since the turn of the century.

Form

Southend go into tomorrow night with a level of renewed confidence after they finally ended a long winless run in the league with victory on the road against Accrington Stanley last time out.

The 2-1 win at the Wham Stadium also extended Blues’ unbeaten run to four matches, following draws with MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon and Tranmere Rovers.

Doncaster have picked up three wins and a draw from their last six in the league, but they haven’t won either of their last two thanks to defeat to Coventry and a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Southend United 1-7 Doncaster Rovers

Hutchinson 11’; Thomas 23’, 52’, Ralph O.G 26’, 90’, Whiteman 70’, Sadlier 82’, May 89’

The less said about this one the better as the nine men of Southend were humbled 7-1 by Doncaster Rovers on the night that Sol Campbell was unveiled as Blues’ new manager.

Southend took the lead through Isaac Hutchinson, despite going down to 10-men after just six minutes before a ruthless Doncaster took control of the contest and run away comfortable winners.

Blues Team News

Captain Timothee Dieng will miss out after the Frenchman limped off during the win at Accrington Stanley with a hamstring injury.

Campbell reported no other new injury concerns, though Blues have since lost striker Tom Hopper, who departed for Lincoln last week, leaving Charlie Kelman to likely lead the line for Blues.

Stephen Humphrys missed the Accrington win due to illness but should be fit for a return, with Sam Barratt pushing for a first start in over a year after impressing in recent substitute appearances.

Doncaster Dangerman

Ben Whiteman is one that tends to impress whenever he has come up against Blues in the past and he’s likely to be a consistent threat again for the home side.

A couple of seasons ago, Whiteman scored a hat-trick at the Keepmoat against Blues and he was on the scoresheet once again against Blues back in October.

With five goals to his name, he’s Doncaster’s joint-second highest goal scorer this season, with his last goal coming in a 2-0 win on the road at Bristol Rovers on January 11th.

Ref Watch

Darren Drysdale will be in charge of Blues for the third time this campaign, being assisted at the Keepmoat Stadium by Oliver Bickle and Barry Gordon, with Peter Gooch the fourth official.

Last time out, Drysdale oversaw AFC Wimbledon’s 1-0 win over Peterborough, with the Lincolnshire based ref having officiated 24 matches so far this season, issuing 89 yellows and three reds.

As mentioned, Drysdale has taken charge of Blues twice already this campaign, reffing the defeat at Wycombe Wanderers and draw at Burton Albion.

Away Fans Guide

The 15,000-plus capacity Keepmoat Stadium has been home to Doncaster Rovers since 2006 and is totally enclosed with four covered, single-tiered stands.

Both ends behind the goals are identical in size and design with those Southend fans travelling to support the Blues tomorrow finding themselves in the North Stand.

For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.

Tickets

Pre-sale of tickets for tomorrow's clash ended at 5pm today (27th January) but they will still be available to purchase at the Keepmoat Stadium up until kick-off.

Those who have yet to collect or receive their tickets in the post can collect them directly from the stadium, with those paying on the day able to do so at no increased cost.

Blues have been given an allocation of 500 tickets with prices ranging throughout a number of categories, from £5 for u11’s up to £21 for adults.

Watch LIVE on iFollow Blues

Tomorrow night's Sky Bet League One encounter will be available on iFollow Blues and will be streamed LIVE to international and UK Blues fans!

Match passes for the fixture are just £10 in the UK - £5 overseas – and give you the chance to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home.

To find out more and to purchase a pass click here.


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