Doncaster go through to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, as they comfortably see of non-league opposition Stalybridge Celtic, with Andy Williams putting two past their keeper – McMillan.
One change for Doncaster, as they went into this match, Ferguson’s new signing Felipe Mattioni comes into the squad to replace the injured Cameron Stewart, so the line-ups looked as follows:
Doncaster’s XI: Stuckmann, Lund, Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, Mattioni, Coppinger(c), Middleton, Grant, Evina, Williams and Tyson.
Doncaster’s Bench: Marosi, McCullough, Wellens, Main, Forrester, Anderson and Whitehouse.
Stalybridge’s XI: McMillan, Crowley, Hughes, Higgins, Wylie, Farrell, Wisdom, Chalmers, Dixon, Tames and Johnson.
Stalybridge’s Bench: Chippendale, Osei, Wright, Simm, Hibbert, McKenna and Lingouba.
Firstly, congratulations, James Coppinger, who breaks Rover’s record of most appearances today, and what a way he broke it in. Personally, his performance was fantastic – probably the best of the season, he linked up well with Mattioni, and they both created some good chances, just a shame they didn’t execute them correctly.
Andy Williams has found his scoring way again as he put two past McMillian in Celtic’s goal. Also, he was up and around the box, running for balls, and being a massive pain for Celtic’s defense. His partner, Tyson, was average today. He had a lot of strength upfront, and managed to win a lot of balls, however didn’t manage to convert them runs into finished chances. Keshi Anderson returned as substitute in the second half, and he still doesn’t seem to have lost, because he was very energetic, and was still causing problems for Celtic’s defense. In my opinion, I think that with Anderson coming back from injury, and Williams finding the back of the net by again, by scoring 3 goals in 2 games, I think that this consequently will cause selection headaches for Darren Ferguson.
Overall, in the first half, we was a pretty average team. We started off with a high tempo, but that slowly slowed down, which I think we should of kept that tempo up, because it would tired out the opposition quickly. There wasn’t anything too entertaining in the first half, but we did defend well.
However, in the second half there was an improvement, and Stuckmann made another fantastic save from a free kick that was shot towards his right, by Dixon. We also looked more composed attacking wise with Mattioni, Grant, Middleton and Coppigner playing some excellent possessive football, which looked like with a bit more than week for them to gel together will look like a promising link-up.
My Man of the Match: Felipe Mattioni