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Matchday Live: Doncaster Rovers v AFC Bournemouth
Updated 3:29pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Sport
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- Live score: Doncaster Rovers 0 Cherries 1 (Husband own goal 31)
- Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Harry Arter and Lewis Grabban return for Cherries
- Ian Harte, Tommy Elphick, Andrew Surman and Richard Hughes miss out on starting spots
- First-half goal hands Cherries a fully deserved 1-0 win at Keepmoat Stadium
- Rovers: Turnbull, Husband, Jones, Brown, Cotterill, Khumalo, Keegan, Wellens, Robinson, Coppinger, Wabara. Subs: Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Paynter, McCullough, Forrester, Maxted (g/k).
- Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels, Fraser, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh, Pitman, Grabban. Subs: Elphick, Harte, Surman, Coulibaly, McDermott, Thomas, Flahavan (g/k).
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Excellent away performance from Cherries. Dangerous in attack, rock solid in defence. Ideal response to 6-1, 5-1 and 2-0 losses on the road.
Doncaster 0 Cherries 1
Long throw. Cleared.
Doncaster go long with a free-kick. Cherries clear.
Cherries sub: Elphick for Pugh.
Goal kick to Cherries. Doncaster short of ideas in the attacking third.
Mohamed Coulibaly has the ball deep in Doncaster territory but tries to cross and Rovers pile forward.
Tommy Elphick looks set to be introduced.
Doncaster launching long balls into Cherries territory now. Steve Cook has been outstanding in central defence.
Cherries sub: Thomas for Grabban.
This is about as dominant a 1-0 as you could wish to see but Cherries still need to see out two minutes plus added time.
Cherries players queuing up for Pugh's cross. Grabban tees up Coulibaly for a cross but his ball in is cleared before reaching Pitman.
Corner to Doncaster. Cleared.
Cherries will be wondering how they are only 1-0 up here. They have created at least six very good chances.
Pugh again raiding on the left but his delivery from the byline is blocked.
Another opportunity not taken by Cherries. Fine cross from Coulibaly and Grabban, stretching, heads over. But had Grabban left it, Pitman was perfectly placed at the back post to meet the cross.
Wasted chance for Cherries. Pugh gets in behind on the left and opts not to shoot from narrow angle, with his cross then cut out.
Doncaster sub: Forrester for Wabara.
Just seen a picture of the goal and it does look like a James Husband own goal, under pressure from Brett Pitman.
Doncaster starting to build pressure. Cherries not retaining possession as well as they did in the opening hour.
Cutting in from the left, James Coppinger thumps wide. Allsop at full stretch as it flies narrowly off target. Close for the hosts.
Another promising performance from Ryan Fraser.
Cherries sub: Coulibaly for Fraser.
Baffled expressions from the Cherries management and players as Ryan Fraser hits the deck after a tussle with James Husband, who has already been booked. Cherries wanted a free-kick but referee Simon Hooper awards in favour of Doncaster. Looked a strange decision.
Doncaster sub: Duffy for Robinson.
Doncaster sub: Paynter for Cotterill.
Theo Robinson booked for halting Brett Pitman's run.
What a save from Ross Turnbull, somehow getting a palm to Lewis Grabban's close-range header from an inviting Brett Pitman cross. Looked like a certain goal until Turnbull's excellent save.
Centre-half Elliott Ward finds himself on the edge of the Doncaster penalty area. Showing lovely composure, he drops the shoulder and makes space for a shot, but his right-footed drive is blocked.
Attendance: 6,769 (including 290 away supporters).
Richie Wellens lashes way over the bar from a decent chance for Doncaster. Ball dropped nicely for him 18 yards out.
So much going on here at the Keepmoat that @kristemple hasn't had time to eat his chocolate digestive. #afcb— @neilperrettecho 31 August 2013
The latest word on the Cherries goal is that Doncaster defender James Husband may have got the final touch.
Second half under way
The teams are back out for the second half.
In summary, Cherries looked very dangerous during a dominant first-half display. Could easily have been two or three goals ahead. Doncaster only really threatened in the closing moments of the half. Potential for things to get heated if they continue where they left off.
Brett Pitman claims the Cherries goal at Keepmoat Stadium. #drfc 0 #afcb 1. http://t.co/s3DIlnOlnk— @ianwadleyecho 31 August 2013
Picture of the goal which put Cherries 1-0 up here at Doncaster. #drfc 0 #afcb 1. http://t.co/deQzDCsFfe— @ianwadleyecho 31 August 2013
Allsop then produced an exceptional save from James Coppinger's drive to keep Cherries in front.
Ryan Allsop and Brett Pitman were both booked during the closing stages of the opening 45 minutes.
Angry scenes erupted late in the half when rival bosses Paul Dickov and Eddie Howe clashed in a heated exchange following David Cotterill's tackle on Harry Arter. Cotterill received a yellow card.
Cherries' four-man attack of Pugh, Pitman, Fraser and Grabban have caused all sorts of problems for the Doncaster defence.
Cherries went one better on 31 minutes to take a richly deserved lead. Brett Pitman and Elliott Ward both appeared to claim getting the final touch to an excellent inswinging free-kick from Charlie Daniels.
Doncaster have looked very shaky at the back and Brett Pitman almost handed Cherries the lead when he rattled the crossbar with a header from a Charlie Daniels cross.
Ward, Arter and Fraser all had decent efforts in the opening stages of the first half with Cherries in dominant mood.
3:54pm Sat 31 Aug 13
Half time 1-0 to the cherries keep it up lads
Apologies for lack of updates...technical issues took us offline for a fair while. We are back up and running so will provide a recap of the first half now before second half updates. The good news - Cherries lead 1-0 at half-time.
Anyway, enough of that. Time to get under way.
Just got offered a chocolate biscuit here...friendly press box.
The teams are out here...
While Cherries have earned two excellent home wins in the Championship, their away form has been in stark contrast, with league defeats at Watford (6-1) and Huddersfield (5-1). However, Eddie Howe's men produced a decent display in the League Cup at Watford on Wednesday, despite going down 2-0.
So, off the field, great news that new signing Tokelo Rantie has been granted a work permit. Cherries now aiming to emulate that positivity by stopping the rot away from home.
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SPOTLIGHT ON THE OPPOSITION – Doncaster Rovers
CHERRIES are today facing one of their more familiar tests at Keepmoat Stadium – arguably the place where the club’s renaissance under Eddie Howe really got going last season.
Harry Arter’s solitary strike handed Cherries their fifth win in six unbeaten matches following Howe’s return from Burnley, a result which dared supporters to dream of a promotion despite a poor start under Paul Groves.
It was AFC Bournemouth’s second consecutive success at Rovers after goals from Max Gradel and Jo Kuffour handed Cherries an unlikely 2-1 win early in 2007-08, a rare highlight in a season which ended in relegation to League Two while Donny were bound for the Championship.
But prior to that, Doncaster had rarely been a happy hunting ground for Cherries with just one win from their previous 16 trips to Yorkshire.
Cherries’ biggest success at Rovers was the 3-0 victory at Belle Vue in the Third Division title winning season of 1986-87. The sides did not meet again until they were paired together in the FA Cup first round in 2002, a tie Cherries won 2-1 at Dean Court.
However, despite their success last season, Cherries will be up against a much-changed side this time round following new manager Paul Dickov’s recruitment drive over the summer.
Rovers’ new-look team have made a strong start to the campaign, recovering from an opening-day defeat to Blackpool to take four points from Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.
They had seemed set for their second win of the season at Charlton last Saturday before a deluge forced the abandonment of a match Doncaster were leading 3-1.
Notable summer signings include Derby County frontman Theo Robinson, who has found the net twice in his opening three league matches, former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and experienced Championship campaigner Richie Wellens following his release by Leicester City.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM – Ryan Allsop
Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, who made his 40th career appearance in the League Cup defeat at Watford on Wednesday, told the Daily Echo: “It has been good experience to get my first games in the Championship.
“There have been ups and downs and the division is clinical. We had two good home wins including a clean sheet against Wigan. The downs were conceding so many goals away from home.
“Conceding six at Watford was the first time it had happened to me. It was disappointing and it never looks good when that happens. But there is no point dwelling on it because those games have gone.
“You are disappointed at the time but you have to put it behind you and move on otherwise it is going to affect your game. You have to be mentally strong as a goalkeeper because these things are going to happen and there are going to be times when you concede a lot of goals. It is about how you bounce back and react to those games.”
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM – Eddie Howe
Discussing Cherries’ start to the season, Howe told the Daily Echo: “We have certainly had our ups and downs.
“It has been difficult to take because, in the two away games when we have been heavily beaten, we have actually performed pretty well for long spells. I know people will disbelieve that due to the scorelines but we have given away some needless goals and that has been our Achilles heel.
“But, in terms of performances, I have been involved with teams which have been heavily beaten 1-0 when you are not in the game, you don’t see the ball and the other team lays siege to your goal.
“We have certainly more than matched our opponents but have been ruthlessly exposed for any mistakes defensively. That is the nature of the division and we have come up against two in-form strikers who have punished us heavily. It is something we will definitely try to address.”
Another shot of #afcb players warming up ahead of this afternoon's clash at #drfc... http://t.co/GAcr3LmDB2— @ianwadleyecho 31 August 2013
#afcb players warming up ahead of this afternoon's clash at #drfc... http://t.co/I6U8vLbg8P— @ianwadleyecho 31 August 2013
View from the press box here at Doncaster... http://t.co/K604sVBS6N— @ianwadleyecho 31 August 2013
Rovers: Turnbull, Husband, Jones, Brown, Cotterill, Khumalo, Keegan, Wellens, Robinson, Coppinger, Wabara. Subs: Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Paynter, McCullough, Forrester, Maxted (g/k).
Tommy Elphick, Ian Harte and Andrew Surman drop to the bench, with Richard Hughes missing out on a place in the 18. Matt Ritchie and Josh McQuoid still not fit enough to return.
Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels, Fraser, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh, Pitman, Grabban. Subs: Elphick, Harte, Surman, Coulibaly, McDermott, Thomas, Flahavan (g/k).
Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Harry Arter and Lewis Grabban return for Cherries. Looks like a 4-4-2 for Eddie Howe's men, with Brett Pitman likely to play in the 'number 10' role, just behind Grabban.
Team news is in...Cherries boss Eddie Howe has made four changes following the League Cup loss at Watford on Wednesday.
Good afternoon all and welcome to Keepmoat Stadium for Doncaster Rovers v Cherries in the Championship.
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Also, former Cherries and Rovers defender James O'Connor has written a piece for the Doncaster paper about why he thinks Theo Robinson will be their star player. You can read that here
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