Match Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient – League One


Leyton Orient will be hoping their strong away form continues against Doncaster as they look to move away from the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Doncaster haven’t been great at home so far, so they will be keen to put that right against the O’s. Here we preview Tuesday’s game:

[textmarker color=”DE0000″ type=”background color”]Doncaster Rovers




Last Season

Top scorer: Chris Brown 9  Championship: 22nd  FA Cup: 3rd Round   League Cup: 2nd Round

Doncaster’s return to the Championship didn’t last as long as they would have hoped, as they suffered relegation back to League One last season. They finished in 22nd place, but they were only relegated on goal difference.

Going into the final day Doncaster were in 21st place, one point ahead of Birmingham City. Donny were 1-0 down against Leciester, but Birmingham were two goals down against Bolton which would’ve seen Doncaster survive. However, Birmingham pulled a goal back with 12 minutes left and Paul Caddis’ equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time saved the Blues and sent Donny down in dramatic fashion.

Donny had problems away from home last season. They won just two league games on the road, giving them  the worst away record in the Championship. They also struggled for goals. Only Blackpool scored fewer goals than Rovers last term who managed 39 all season.


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This Season

Top Scorers: Nathan Tyson 6  League One: 14th  FA Cup: N/A  League Cup: 2nd round

Doncaster have made a unspectacular start to the new campaign, taking 14 points from 11 games. Paul Dickov’s side have struggled to settle at the Keepmoat so far this season having won just one of their five home games. They currently sit in 14th place, but are only six points off the play-offs with two games in hand over some of the teams above them .

On Saturday Doncaster suffered a 3-1 defeat against Fleetwood Town. Stephen Dobbie opened the scoring after 11 minutes, but Nathan Tyson grabbed the equaliser six minutes later. However, Liam McAlinden restored the Cod Army’s lead shortly before the interval, finishing from close range. David Ball then added a third goal for Fleetwood , sealing the victory.

Last lineup: Steer, Evina, McCombe (Robinson 83), Forrester (Main 60), McCullough, Tyson, Keegan, Wellens, De Val Fernandez (Bennett 60), Wabara, Coppinger.

Subs: Furman, Marosi, Robinson, Wakefield, Lund, Bennett, Main

Team News

Rob Jones is the main injury concern for Dickov ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient. The centre back is thought to be a couple of weeks away from a return from his knee injury.

The Doncaster Rovers boss has been frustrated with his side’s inconsistency recently and as result he is expected to make changes to the side that lost at Fleetwood on Saturday. The likes of Dean Furman, Theo Robinson and winger Kyle Bennett could be recalled to the side.


[textmarker color=”1021C2″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

On Saturday Orient missed the opportunity to record their first home win of the season but they halted a run of three straight defeats at Brisbane Road. The O’s and MK Dons could not be separated and the match ended goalless.

The visitors’ best opportunity came mid-way through the first half when Gary Woods parried a Mark Randall shot. Benik Afobe followed up but Woods reacted quickly to push the Arsenal loanee’s attempt onto the crossbar.

At the other end, Shane Lowry powered a volley towards the top corner from long range, but David Martin made the save to deny Lowry a spectacular goal.

Batt then had a golden opportunity to give the O’s the lead. Jack Price executed a perfectly weighted through ball that played the Orient winger in on goal, but Batt fired straight at the MK Dons stopper.

The second half was largely uneventful as both sides struggled to create chances. Mathieu Baudry was sent off in the latter stages but the O’s held out for a point and a clean sheet.

The O’s are unbeaten away from home in all competitions so far this term with six wins and four draws.

Team News

Kevin Nugent’s options will be severely limited due to injuries and suspensions.

Defensive duo Mathieu Baudry and Nathan Clarke will both miss the match against Doncaster due to suspension. Clarke collected his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday, while Baudry was shown two yellow cards in the latter stages of the match.

Dean Cox (knee), David Mooney (ankle), Lloyd James (broken leg), Adam Legzdins (fractured finger), Gary Sawyer (knee tendonitis) and Kevin Lisbie (shoulder) are all likley to miss out.

Nugent also suggested that one or two players will be checked before the match against Donny. It is unclear which players are currently struggling for fitness, but Romain Vincelot could be one of the injury concerns as he appeared to have picked up a knock on Saturday.

However, Jobi McAnuff is available again after serving his one-match suspension and he could well go straight into side, possibly at the expense of Shaun Batt.  New signing Gianvito Plasmati is thought to be lacking fitness therefore he is not expected to be a part of the squad.

Nugent will have to reshape his defence without Baudry and Clarke. Elliot Omozusi is likely to return to the side at left back, allowing Shane Lowry to revert to centre back. Scott Cuthbert may be moved to the middle of defence which could mean Bradley Pritchard is required to fill in at right back. However, if Vincelot is fit he may be used in the centre of defence alongside Lowry.

Marvin Bartley could be called upon to replace Vincelot or Pritchard in midfield.



Ex Rovers



Gary Woods joined Doncaster Rovers in March 2009, and he made his full senior debut in February 2011 and managed to keep his place in the side for the rest of the 2010/11 campaign, making another 15 appearances. The following season he made 14 appearances as Donny were relegated to League One. Woods was first-choice at Doncaster for the 2011/12 season, playing 49 games as they were promoted back to the Championship as champions of League One.




Orient have failed to beat Doncaster in their last eight attempts.Their last victory over Donny was an 8-0 win back in December 1997 at Brisbane Road, which is a club record margin of victory. Carl Griffiths scored a hat-trick, Tony Richards grabbed a brace and Dean Smith scored from the spot. Alex Inglethorpe and Joe Baker also managed to get themselves on the scoresheet.

The last time that Doncaster lost to the O’s at home was also in the 1997/98 season. The hosts were a goal up at the break thanks to Prince Moncrieffe, however Orient fought back to claim a comfortable win. Stuart Hicks levelled the score just after the break and Carl Griffiths then put Orient in front just before the hour mark. Rovers were then reduced to ten men minutes later and Simon Clark took advantage, scoring two goals in quick succession to seal a 4-1 win for the O’s at Belle Vue.

The two sides last met during the 2012/13 season, with Doncaster emerging victorious on both occasions.

First half goals from Iain Hume and David Cotterill  proved to be enough to give Donny all three points at Brisbane Road in September 2012.

The match at the Keepmoat Stadium in January 2013 also ended in a 2-0 win for Doncaster. Rob Jones opened the scoring after twenty minutes and Chris Brown then added a second goal ten minutes into the second half.




[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]

Referee: Christophaer Sarginson

Assistants: Nicholas Barnard and Paul Hodskinson

Fourth Official: Paul Graham


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