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Doncaster Rovers vs. Watford

Keepmoat Stadium

26.02.11

@15:00

Doncaster Rovers Preview - Away, Feb 26th

It's now a run of seven games without a win for the Goldenboys, equalling their impressive seven unbeaten stretch pre-Christmas as they head to inconsistent Doncaster Rovers who last time out recorded a decent draw at high-fliers Norwich.

Sean O'Driscoll's side are, much like Watford, the model of inconsistency and that has prevented Rovers really kicking on up the league once again this year.

Line up Vs. Norwich City

Sullivan; Hird, Thomas, Friend, Mills; Oster, Wilson, Stock (c), Keegan; Moussa and Euell.

Doncaster Rovers Team News:

Simon Gillett, Mustufa Dumbuya and Adam Lockwood (all knee) are out.

Veteran 'keeper Neil Sullivan is recently back from a shin problem.

Central midfielder Martin Woods out (groin) whilst defender Shelton Martis (ankle) also on the Donny injury list.

Striker James Hayter (calf also), sidelined too.

Blackpool veteran Jason Euell and Leictester's attacking midfielder Franck Moussi recently penned loan deal with the Yorkshire side.

Player to watch: Brian Stock

Formerly of Bournemouth and Preston North End the Welsh international is the heartbeat at the centre of the Donny midfield.

A good passer with good vision stock is the Yorkshire sides club captain and has racked up 149 league starts having initially arrived on loan in 2007.

Watford Team News:

Lloyd Doyley and Will Buckley both missed the Bristol City visit and could well be sidelined again meaning starts for Adam Thompson and Ross Jenkins.

Matty Whichelow could come into contention to add more flair to the midfield in place of Jenkins whilst loanee Andros Townsend has been sent back to parent club Spurs.

Likely Line-up: Loach; Thompson, Mariappa, Taylor, Hodson; Eustace (c); Cowie, Whichelow, McGinn; Weimann and Graham

Player to watch: Matty Whichelow

The Hornet's academy graduate has had more of an impact on the first team this season then even he would have dared to dream.

Came off the bench against PNE to secure a point with a goal and an assist before being dropped for the Bristol City. Should be involved against Doncaster with any sense from Malky to add some flair to the midfield.

Match Facts & Stats

Doncaster Home Form: Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Burnley, Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers 0-6 Ipswich Town.

Watford Away Form: Cardiff City 4-2 Watford, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Watford and Reading 1-1 Watford.

Head2Head Form: Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Watford (08/09); Watford 1-1 Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Robers 2-1 Watford (09/10); Watford 2-2 Doncaster Rovers (10/11).

Match Prediction:

Home Win - We're no good at the moment, but then Doncaster Rovers have been less than convincing at home so who knows, we may scrape three points. The pessimist in me says no though. Watford's luck needs to change.

Match Odds

Doncaster Rovers - 7/4 (Boylesports), Watford - 7/4 (Bet365), Draw - 12/5 (SkyBet)




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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 24 2011

Time: 11:18PM

Your Comments

Hmm.. Home win! i think we will get something up there, (apart from cold) Played good enough in patches at reading on a decent pitch, do the same tomorrow, cut out the stupid mistakes and a point in the bag.
ANDY710
We've a very tuff run in to the end of the season.. 6 more points should be enough. I can't see where from. Maybe tomorrow, cov, shef utd or barnsley... All the others will be very very tuff...
watford1881
Hey 1881, keep the faith we will pick up a lot more points, do you recall last season? We had a bad run and with the better weather, we turned it around. We are in a much better position than last season and we will be fine. Wfc123, have you still got my email addy? I have a telephone number for you, that you are gonna want to call. Let me know.
ANDY710
We're not gonna go down but it's a shame the way we've slipped. All in all though it's been a great season and big credit to Malky again. No, I've managed to lose it. E-mail me through the site again and it will get to me. I'm fascinated as to who this is! (Unless it's Samaritans - I know I'm a pessimist but I'm not that bad!)
wfc123
 

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