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Doncaster v Sutton preview and streaming details

14 October 2023

After ending a run of ten Sky Bet League Two games without a win in convincing fashion against Walsall last week, and keeping alive qualification hopes in the EFL Trophy, Sutton will be hoping to pick up away points for the first time this season in Saturday's visit to Doncaster Rovers. Sutton will be wearing green.

Last season's first ever visit to the Eco-Power Stadium brings back sore memories for U's, who appeared to be well set for an away victory thanks to Donovan Wilson's first half strike before Doncaster scored twice in stoppage time, although Sutton gained a measure of revenge in February with an comfortable 2-0 win at the VBS.

This season, with Grant McCann returning for a second spell as manager, Doncaster started as one of the favourites after a summer that saw right back Jamie Sterry sign from Hartlepool, experienced defender Richard Wood make the short trip from Rotherham and striker Joe Ironside move from Cambridge, but their start was not what would have been hoped and it wasn't until 16 September that they picked up a first win of the season at Forest Green. Subsequent wins over Gillingham and Crawley have moved them away from the foot of the table, although with defeats at Barrow and Stockport mixed in with those results consistency has proved elusive and they are currently in 20th place, four points above Sutton. Wood is one of a number of players likely to miss Saturday's game through injury.

Having rung the changes on Tuesday Sutton manager Matt Gray has no fresh injury worries, and has Rob Milsom back in contention after he came through a 45 minute appearance against Crawley, but Louis John, Jack Rose and Craig Eastmond all remain on the injured list, with the skipper facing an operation on his hamstring injury which is likely to keep him out until the New Year.

Referee Declan Bourne is in his fourth season as an EFL referee, last taking charge of a Sutton game in April 2022 when Bradford City were the visitors to the VBS.

Before the game a minute's silence will be observed as a mark of respect to the innocent victims of the devastating attacks in Israel and Palestine this week. The EFL has issued a statement which can be found here and will be making a donation to the emergency appeal of the EFL's charity partner the British Red Cross, to support the international response efforts aiding those in urgent need across the region. Anyone wishing also to donate can do so here.

As we are in the international break the game will be streamed live on our iFollow system in the UK as well as abroad, and a match pass for £10 can be bought here

Tickets for the game are available on the day, priced £21 for adults, £17 for ages 65+ and ages 14-24, and £5 for age 13 and under, who must be accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price for their age with a carer admitted free. The away turnstiles are next to the Club Doncaster reception, from where any ordered but uncollected tickets can be collected.

The Supporters' Club coach leaves at 7.15am.

For independent travellers who are driving, leave the M1 at junction 32 to join the M18, then leave the M18 at junction 3, the A6182. The ground is about a mile and a half along, behind the Lakeside Shopping Centre, and well signposted from the M18. Car parking is available and can be booked in advance here, price £5. The price on the day is £6, cash only.

By rail Doncaster is served by frequent trains from Kings Cross, taking just over an hour and a half. Bus 56 leaves the bus station, just by the railway station, every fifteen minutes, taking about twenty minutes, or if you prefer to walk turn right out of the station and then carry on along Trafford Way and White Rose Way, with the stadium complex on the left about half an hour from the station.

 

 

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Match Reports

Match report for Doncaster Rovers 4 Sutton United 1

14 October 2023

Doncaster Rovers 4 (Ironside 17 pen, 52, Westbrooke 63, Faal 67) Sutton United 1 (Smith 90+9)

Hopes that Sutton's convincing victory over Walsall last week might herald a change of fortune were dashed at the Eco Power Stadium as Doncaster recorded an ultimately comfortable win that put more distance between them and the League Two basement. It was a similar game to the defeat at Crawley a fortnight ago as U's conceded inside the first twenty minutes but were still well in the game at half time, only for it to run away in the second half as Doncaster scored three times in fifteen minutes.

There was more bad news on the injury front before the game with Hisham Kasimu found to have broken a bone in his leg during Tuesday's EFL Trophy game against Crawley, but the starting line-up that had overwhelmed Walsall remained intact and the early signs were promising, with Josh Coley twice doing well on the right and the second time seeing his shot saved at the near post by Louis Jones, who also had a scare when he was outjumped by Harry Smith but saved by his defence before Aiden O'Brien could force the ball in.

However it was the home side who scored first, against the run of play, when a cross from the right was cleared to the edge of the penalty area where Craig Clay's attempt to send the ball downfield only saw him bring down Mo Faal, conceding a penalty which Joe Ironside despatched easily.

Despite a Luke Molyneux shot that curled just wide of the post and a cross from the same player that flashed across the face of the goal, Sutton were relatively comfortable until the break and could have been level as Smith controlled a superb pass from Joe Kizzi before sending in a shot that was well saved by Jones. O'Brien also sent a volley on the turn just wide (above), and when U's came out at the start of the second half on the front foot there was every prospect of some reward. However those hopes were dashed as Tom Nixon had a shot saved by Dean Bouzanis, and a minute later Owen Bailey's cross from the right was glanced in by Ironside.

Sutton never recovered, and within fifteen minutes the back line had been breached twice more with worrying ease. First a cross from Molyneux after a quick throw in was laid back by Ironside for Zain Westbrooke, whose first shot hit the post but rebounded to give him a second chance he gleefully accepted, and then Faal, a threat all afternoon, ran on to Molyneux's through ball and guided the ball between Bouzanis and the post.

At that stage it seemed a case of damage limitation for Sutton, but despite a couple of scrambles U's goal remained intact for the rest of the game, and there was even the consolation of having the last word and denying Doncaster a clean sheet as, with the last meaningful touch of the game, Smith headed in at the far post after Coley had headed on Kizzi's cross. 

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, S Hart, O Sowunmi, B Goodliffe, C Clay, J Coley, C N'Guessan(sub H Beautyman 66), H Smith, A O'Brien, O Patrick(sub D Mellor 78). Subs n/u S Arnold, R Milsom, R Jackson, L Angol. Booked: N'Guessan, Kizzi, Smith

Doncaster: L Jones, O Bailey, T Nixon, T Anderson, J Olowu, Z Westbrooke (sub G Broadbent 80), L Molyneux, B Close(sub T Kuleya 85), J Ironside, T Rowe(sub H Biggins 60), M Faal(sub J Goodman 81). Subs n/u I Lawlor, D Sotona, W Flint. Booked: Rowe, Nixon

Referee: Declan Bourne

Attendance: 6,473 (133 away)

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