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League 1 Spotlight: Doncaster Rovers

Tom Hancock continues his series.

18 July 2018

One of the three sides automatically promoted from League Two the season before last, Doncaster will have been satisfied with their first campaign back in the third tier, finishing in mid-table.

While it might not initially seem so from the fact that they finished just five points above the drop zone, Rovers ultimately survived fairly comfortably. They proved hard to beat last time around, and only the top six ended the season with fewer defeats – although only final day survivors Rochdale recorded more draws than Rovers’ 17.

And with a solid defence that finished as the sixth best in League One – and better than play-off winners Rotherham – contributing to a final goal difference of zero, there's plenty to be positive about heading into 2018/19.

If new manager Grant McCann can keep the side as hard to break down as they were under his predecessor Darren Ferguson, and use that as a foundation to convert some of those draws into wins, it could turn out to be a rather successful campaign for Donny.

Last season: 15th in League One

In charge: Grant McCann
Appointed a few weeks ago after Ferguson’s resignation in early June, the 38-year-old Northern Irishman is in his second managerial role. He spent most of the previous two seasons in charge of fellow League One outfit Peterborough, one of three clubs for whom he made over 100 appearances as a player – the others being Cheltenham and Scunthorpe. The former midfielder’s international career saw him score four goals in 39 caps for his country.

Star player: James Coppinger
A veteran of almost 700 career appearances – the vast majority of them for Doncaster, stretching way back to 2004 – Coppinger is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 37. A true club legend and their all-time record appearance holder, the versatile midfielder scooped two player of the year awards last season, having played an integral role throughout the campaign once again. He recently signed a new one-year contract.

Key ins: Centre-back Tom Anderson has signed on a two-year deal after his contract at Burnley expired – he netted twice in seven games during a loan spell with Rovers earlier this year. Left-sided midfielder Ali Crawford has come in on a free from Scottish Premiership Hamilton Academical, while young Leeds forward Mallik Wilks has joined on loan until January.

Key outs: Defenders Craig Alcock and Mathieu Baudry were among six players released at the end of last season, along with striker Andy Williams – who’s since joined Northampton.

EFL head-to-head:
Meetings: 4
Wycombe wins: 3
Doncaster wins: 0
Draws: 1

First meeting:
25/09/1993 (League Two): Wycombe 1-0 Doncaster (Wycombe scorer: Tim Langford)

Last meeting:
22/04/2017 (League Two): Wycombe 2-1 Doncaster (Wycombe scorer: Luke O’Nien (2))

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