Doncaster Rovers v Bristol Rovers Match Preview 

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head up to Doncaster this weekend hoping to maintain their unbeaten run.

Rovers are now five without a loss with their last defeat coming against this weekend’s opponents.

With the January deadline fast approaching, manager Darrell Clarke has been speaking about two potential incomings early next week.

“We’re quite far down the line with a couple of players,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“However I have known the carpet getting swept out from underneath you, so we’ll see.

“It will probably be early next week, to be honest with you.

“We’ll be hoping to tie those two up, I’ve been in deep talks and had meetings with them so hopefully we can agree one or two things.

“But sometimes they change and I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up, and like I said, at the of the window it will be judged.”

Rovers have no new injury worries going into the game and could be boosted by a returning Daniel Leadbitter, who has been out since the 0-0 draw with Walsall on Boxing Day.

Doncaster go into the game on an unbeaten run themselves, stretching back eight matches in the league and manager Darren Ferguson is hoping his side can extend it by his side doing the double over Bristol Rovers.

“We need a win on Saturday, it’s been a brilliant run so far and we want to continue that, Saturday is not a must win game but it would be nice to round the month off with three points,” he told the club’s website.

“If you have watched us through the course of the season there has been a gradual progression in the side, I think we have shown a resolve to us which I have been pleased about.

“If we win on Saturday that would take us to 40 points after 30 games, and given where we were before Christmas you would have taken that and there are 16 games still to go.”

“We are coming up against teams in form, Plymouth were similar, I like Bristol Rovers as a team, they have a good manager and I like the way he plays.

“It was a really tight affair at their place, they are a team that has good energy and they are aggressive, they have hit a bit of form of late because they have been consistent.

“They went a ridiculous amount of time without drawing a game, then the game after we played them they drew, and then against Blackpool they drew, they played very well against Bradford in a 3-1 win and they will have a lot of confidence coming into this game.”

Doncaster will be without central defenders Mathieu Baudry and Andy Butler game. Baudry limped out of the midweek draw at Scunthorpe with a hamstring injury and Butler will be sidelined for at least six weeks due to a knee problem sustained in last Saturday’s draw at Shrewsbury.


The last meeting between the two sides was just over a month ago, with Doncaster winning 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium.

This will be the 39th meeting between the two sides, both Doncaster and Bristol Rovers have come out on top 16 times with there being six draws.

Bristol Rovers’ unbeaten run of five matches consists of two home wins and three away draws and have not won away from home in the league since October 7th.


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