Friday, 28 February 2014

The Cherries must take their opportunities against Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers have one of the worst away records in the Championship having only beaten Sheffield Wednesday away from home this season. AFCB don't need to give them any encouragement but should look to put as many goals in against them as they can on Saturday.

Doncaster have only been losing by the single goal away from home in their last few outings against Yeovil and Brighton and their inability to score many away from home must give AFCB some confidence in training this week. They are not helped by the fact that Billy Sharp, who is back on loan at Rovers from Southampton, is serving the last of his three match ban having been given his first ever red card against Brighton.

That is not to say that Doncaster don't have players that can hurt the Cherries. One striker of quality is Chris Brown who is their top scorer on six this season, while James Coppinger we know well from seeing him in League One. Harry Forrester who was at Brentford has not had the impact in the Championship that Donny fans would have wanted but he is also a player who was impressive last season in League One. Mark Duffy is another forward that is looking to build on the two goals he has this season.

Paul Dickov has been under constant pressure all season, but if he keeps Doncaster up he will have undergone a managerial successful step up to the Championship. You can hear what Paul has to say about his team ahead of the game with Bournemouth by listening to the sound bar below where he speaks to BBC Radio Sheffield. He will have targeted this game as potentially one where Doncaster can get something and it will be important for AFCB to get on top in this game straight away and take the lead if they are to help themselves. If Doncaster keep in the game up to half time AFCB run the risk of another bad luck story and we have simply had enough of them.

My main concern will be Doncaster's threat from free kicks and corners. It is vital that AFCB look to minimise the number of these moments against a team that is known to be good at set-peices. It's time to hit these teams hard and start pulling back that goal difference.  

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