Saturday, 31 August 2013

Doncaster - we've got your number

There is a bit of me that sees this game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday as a grudge match. As if trophy gate wasn't bad enough, with Tranmere Rovers not allowing AFCB to celebrate last season if the cherries had won the title, Doncaster meanwhile had the audacity to go and snatch that piece of silver away from AFCB, when it seemed we had at least one hand on the prize.

That was then though. The current form of Doncaster has me more worried than anything that might have happened in the past. They are a hard and gritty team that has added some quality without breaking the bank. Their leading goal scorer Robinson looks a tricky winger and their number 9, Chris Brown, would have added a few more to his tally had the game against Charlton not been abandoned. Billy Paynter is another thorn in AFCB's past  along with James Coppinger, while midfielder Paul Keegan looks a handful. What I do like about their team is that they fight for everything and Rob Jones will lead while the others will follow and give their all.

Paul Dickov has perhaps not done so well when lined up against Eddie Howe with his previous Oldham team. Now though it is Eddie that comes into this match under some pressure for AFCB's away form. AFCb will be doing everything they can to keep a clean sheet. I would take a 0:0 right now and motor back down to Dean Court. Sadly that opportunity is not there so AFCB has to plug the holes that have led to so many goals going in away from home. Allsop is going to need serious rehabilitation if he comes away from this one having let in another five or six goals.

I'm hoping that Ryan Allsop has a very quiet game today.
Four our supporters this trip is a brave one to take on. The distance is enormous and there will be no where to hide if AFCB have to take another lesson. If last week at Huddersfield told us anything is that AFCB can not look lightly on any team in this division. Doncaster are in form and at home. Damage limitation should be the first priority and let's see if the team can build from there.

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