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- Live score: Doncaster 0 Cherries 1 (Arter, 38)
- Rovers: (4-4-2) G Woods; Griffin, Quinn, Spurr, Husband; Cotterill, Harper, Clingan, Hume; Paynter, Brown. Subs: Syers, Martin Woods, Blake, Michael Woods, Wakefield, Keegan, Sullivan (g/k).
- Cherries: (4-4-2) James; Cook, Addison, Elphick, Daniels; McQuoid, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh; Grabban, Barnard. Subs: Fletcher, Tubbs, Fogden, McDermott, O’Kane, Thomas, Jalal (g/k).
- Team news: Simon Francis misses out with a hip injury. Steve Cook in at right-back.
Thanks for joining us. Eddie Howe reaction online shortly...
Superb team performance from Cherries. A professional effort.
Doncaster Rovers 0 Cherries 1
Cherries sub: Fletcher for Grabban
Three minutes of added time here.
Thomas lashes a shot into the side netting after a spell of Cherries pressure.
SUBS: Blake for Paynter for Doncaster
Fogden for Barnard for Cherries
CHERRIES SUB: Wes Thomas for Josh McQuoid on 71 minutes.
Wes Thomas is ready to come on here...
Attendance: 5,951 (including 343 away supporters)
Barnard is dropping deep to help out Cherries defensively, with Rovers pressing the issue now.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Wes Thomas replacing Lee Barnard. Barnard has worked extremely hard up top for Cherries.
McQuoid free-kick well hit and decent save from Woods.
RUGBY - Another win for Bournemouth Lions in National Two South. Three in a row for David Dunn's men. Lions 30 Taunton 27.
@BmthEchoSport @bournemouthrfc win 30-27, clinging on against 14 men #echolive 4 points for Bournemouth, 2 bonus for Taunton #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
Hume heads over for Rovers before Arter's 20-yard drive flies narrowly wide. Not a lot in it, tight game.
@BmthEchoSport @Bournemouthrfc with some late jitters - two tries make it 30-25 #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
Non-league half-times: Wimborne Town 1 North Leigh 1, Mangotsfield Utd 0 Poole Town 1. Both matches in Southern League D1 S/W.
Second half under way at #drfc. Updates online via the Echo's Matchday Live service. #echolive #afcb— @ianwadleyecho 10 November 2012
Second half under way...
Doncaster Rovers 0 Cherries 1 (Harry Arter 38)
With little else on, Arter shrugged off a challenge and tried his luck from 20 yards. His left-footed effort did not look particularly well struck but it had enough on it to beat Woods and roll in off the post.
GOAL CHERRIES - Harry Arter on 38 minutes. Doncaster 0 Cherries 1.
GOAL CHERRIES - Harry Arter 38 mins. #drfc 0 #afcb 1— @ianwadleyecho 10 November 2012
Iain Hume curls wide for Doncaster with possibly the best chance of the half. On the turn from 12 yards.
David James quickly off his line to intercept Brown's attempted knockdown for Paynter. Good goalkeeping.
Quite a quiet period now. Both teams enjoying possession but few clear-cut opportunities.
Doncaster have now settled and are more in the game.
Confident start from Steve Cook, having replaced hip-injury victim Simon Francis at right-back.
Charlie Daniels free-kick flies just wide from 30 yards. Keeper Gary Woods looked worried.
@BmthEchoSport @bournemouthrfc 20-8 Taunton HT #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
@BmthEchoSport @bournemouthrfc 20-8 Taunton - spell of pressure ends with a Ben Stewart try, converted by Pollard #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
Daniels clear down the left. Low cross, well collected by Woods.
Ambitious long-range shot from Grabban straight at keeper Woods.
Cherries still forcing the issue, with McQuoid particularly busy so far.
Not that it matters much to you dear Echo readers, but the press facilities here are excellent. Prime position, everything you could ask for.
@BmthEchoSport @bournemouthrfc 13-8 Taunton - Kingdom 25 yd pen, central position #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
Very lively start by Cherries here.
Daniels rolled corner to McQuoid on the penalty spot, but McQuoid mis-hits when unmarked. Good chance.
We're under way here.
Superbly observed minute's silence.
The teams are out. There will be a minute's silence before the game kicks off.
#afcb score prediction: #drfc 1 #afcb 2. What do you reckon? #echolive— @ianwadleyecho 10 November 2012
@BmthEchoSport In form Pollard kicks 25 yd pen left of the posts. @bournemouthrfc lead 13-5 #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
As well as Cherries updates, we hope to bring you latest score info from Bournemouth rugby, Wimborne Town and Poole Town among other local non-league action...
@BmthEchoSport TRY @bournemouthrfc back in front, slick break down left ends with Dan Connolly going over Pollard converts, 10-5 #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
@BmthEchoSport TRY! Taunton's Greg Charlton 10 mins, not converted. @bournemouthrfc 3-5 Taunton #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
@BmthEchoSport @bournemouthrfc 3-0 Taunton - Dan Pollard pen 22 yds from the left wing #echolive— @theonionsack 10 November 2012
KEY MAN – HARRY ARTER
The midfielder has been in excellent form since Eddie Howe’s return to Cherries.
He starts today and will be tasked with pulling the strings for Cherries in the centre of the park.
Arter’s performances were rewarded last month with a new long-term contract, which runs until summer 2015.
League matches only...
Doncaster wins 12
Cherries wins 11
- Cherries’ only previous visit to Keepmoat Stadium saw goals from Max Gradel and Jo Kuffour seal a 2-1 win.
There is little to choose between the teams on recent evidence.
Doncaster had gone seven matches without defeat prior to losing at home against Crewe on Tuesday.
Since Eddie Howe’s appointment, Cherries have enjoyed a six-game unbeaten streak, with five wins, a draw and no fewer than 18 goals.
Past five league games...
Doncaster – L W W W D
Cherries – W W D W W
THE GAFFER – DEAN SAUNDERS
Rovers boss Saunders enjoyed a distinguished playing career at the top of the game.
A striker with clubs including Aston Villa, Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Galatasary and Benfica, he scored 22 goals in 75 international appearances for Wales.
On hanging up his boots, Saunders moved into coaching with Bradford City before joining Blackburn Rovers to work under Graeme Souness, who had been his manager at Anfield.
After serving as assistant to John Toshack with the Welsh national team, Saunders was appointed manager of Conference side Wrexham in 2008.
He arrived at Keepmoat Stadium as successor to ex-Cherries boss Sean O’Driscoll in September 2011.
MANAGER’S THOUGHTS – DEAN SAUNDERS
Saunders told his club’s official website: “They’ve got a new manager and have turned a corner, recording four victories out of five.
“He’s a different voice in the dressing room but they have got good players and spent a lot of money.
“We’re a match for anybody in the league. We went to Tranmere and beat them as we did at Notts County – we have got a positive result against all the top teams so we have got nothing to fear.
“They are a good team so we have to be resilient. We let in the sort of goals, against Crewe, that we hadn’t been letting in so we have got to get back to being solid.
“We are going to get a minimum of five chances so we have to make sure we are solid. We are in League One and we have got to battle for every point.”
2:22pm Sat 10 Nov 12
Well what can we say except, in Eddie and Jason we trust. Come on you Reds
MANAGER’S THOUGHTS – EDDIE HOWE
Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think they are a much-changed side from last season in terms of their personnel. Dean Saunders has done a great job to regroup and get together a squad that is going to push at the other end of the table.
“They are a very good football team and they certainly like to play from back to front and all through the thirds of the pitch, so full credit to them and the job they have done.
“It will probably be one of our toughest examinations. I think they will be up there at the end of the season.
"They have still got a couple of Championship players who have been there and done it at the higher level, so that will help them in terms of their experience and trying to maintain their challenge.
“But it goes without saying that we certainly don’t fear anybody at the moment and we are looking forward to every game.”
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Welcome to Keepmoat Stadium for this afternoon's League One clash between Doncaster Rovers and Cherries. We'll have pre-match build-up and team news from about 2.20pm before live coverage of the game...