Matchday Live

Tuesday, August 13, 2019; 7.45pm; Blundell Park

Liam Hoden
Created By Liam Hoden
On Aug 13, 2019
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In summary
GRIMSBY: McKeown; Hendrie, Pollock, Davis, Gibson (Hessenthaler 65); Cook, Hewitt, Ring (Green 79); Vernam, Ogbu, Wright (Cardwell 90). Subs not used: Russell, McPherson, Hope, Painter.
ROVERS: Dieng; Halliday, Anderson, John, James; Blair (May 79), Whiteman (Sheaf 46); Crawford, Sadlier, Kiwomya (Taylor 59); Ennis. Subs not used: Lawlor, Blaney, Gomes, Longbottom.
REFEREE: John Brooks (Leicestershire)
ATTENDANCE: 2,470 (478 away)



And he met it with a header! But it was blocked out.
Grimsby threatened to break on an open goal before Tom Anderson's timely and cynical interception.
That was the most exciting thing that happened in the second half.


FOUR minutes

9.21 Rovers substitution

9.20 Yellow card

Jon Taylor, Doncaster Rovers, 78 minutes

9.18 Petering out

Right now this game only looks set to meander towards a 1-0 victory for the hosts. Rovers have lost any semblance of the crisp passing play they displayed earlier in the game.
Alfie May is coming on though shortly in a bid to rescue the game.

9.09 Good strike

Kieran Sadlier smashes a shot from the edge of the box which forces James McKeown into a decent save.

9.08 Wide

Good footwork from Grimsby's Jordan Cook sees him find space for a shot but he fires narrowly over from 15 yards.

9.00 Rovers substitution

8.58 Well over

Kieran Sadlier twists and turns on the edge of the box and drills well over the bar.

8.56 Well wide

A really good, swift attack from Rovers ends in an awful effort from Niall Ennis. Alex Kiwomya touches the ball into space on the edge of the box but Ennis snatches at his shot and pulls it well wide.

8.52 Not this time Kieran

Kieran Sadlier rises superbly to meet a corner but, on this occasion, sends his header wide of the far post.

8.47 Back underway

8.47 Rovers substitution

Amazingly, Rovers are behind at half time in a Carabao Cup tie they have thoroughly dominated, without managing to find the breakthrough.
It has been a familiar story so far for Rovers, with impressive build-up play failing to deliver clear-cut chances and, more importantly, goals.
The positive has been the continued improvement of a side that looks so close to hitting their stride but are lacking the killer touch where it matters the most.
Play has been excellent up to the edge of the Grimsby box with arguably the best passing play so far this season. And Rovers have defended well, barring the goal when they were cut through far too easily.

8.32 That's the break


TWO minutes

8.29 Brilliant save

Seny Dieng produces an excellent stop to tip the ball over the bar from a rasping drive from Jordan Cook from the edge of the box.

8.27 Close from Kiwomya

Alex Kiwomya cuts inside from the left and fires low for the far post but can only watch it bounce narrowly wide.

8.26 Should be level

A really good attack from Rovers ends as Brad Halliday passes across the box, leaving Kieran Sadlier with a tap-in but he blasts a shot which James McKeown somehow touches over the bar.

8.24 The hosts take the lead

Jordan Cook slots in for Grimsby after a swift breakaway to give the hosts the lead against the run of play. Quick passing saw Cook played in and he finished confidently beyond Seny Dieng. It all came from a horrendous pass from Brad Halliday which allowed Grimsby in to score. The first sign of a switch-off and Rovers are punished.

8.24 Goal Grimsby

8.20 Just wide

Kieran Sadlier runs onto a loose ball and curls just wide from 20 yards.

8.19 Rovers in control

Rovers are supremely comfortable in this match but remain on the hunt for the opening goal.
They are playing arguably their best football of the season so far, spraying passes around the pitch with ease and making some excellent runs. They are also finding spaces for chances but have simply lacked the accuracy to truly test Grimsby keeper James McKeown or threaten to break the deadlock.
At the other end, Rovers are dealing with everything that comes their way well before it reaches the final third.

8.11 Great counter, close attempt

Brad Halliday storms down the right and cuts a low pass into the box. Niall Ennis struggles to get it under control before turning and shooting and drags his strike just wide of the far post.

8.05 Wide

Rovers surge forward in numbers and it looks like Alex Kiwomya forces himself an opening, only for the ball to be pushed out wide. Brad Halliday runs onto it and smashes a shot but slices it wide of the near post.
There's a real pleasing relentlessness about Rovers' attacking play but they need to improve their efforts on goal if they are going to find the breakthrough.

8.04 Best effort so far

Kieran Sadlier collects the ball from Alex Kiwomya and works space for a shot from 25 yards, forcing a save at full stretch from James McKeown. After a series of off-target efforts from team mates, that was some strike from Sadlier.

7.59 Whiteman fancies a goal tonight

Ben Whiteman picks up the ball 25 yards out, with space opening up ahead of him, and smashes a shot which drifts wide.
He may well fancy a goal tonight but he's going to have to improve his accuracy if he's going to get it.

7.55 Another chance

Kieran Sadlier plays a superb ball out to the right to find Brad Halliday, who squares to Ali Crawford. Crawford lays off to Ben Whiteman, who curls for the far corner from 20 yards but sends his effort wide.

7.54 Good pressure

Rovers keep the heat turned up on Grimsby and Niall Ennis forces James McKeown into an unconvincing stop as he smashes in a cross after good work on the left.

7.53 Well over

Good build-up play from Rovers sees Kieran Sadlier released down the left. He stabs in a cross, which is headed out only for Ben Whiteman to run on and strike first time, but his connection is poor and the ball hits the top of the stand.

7.50 Chance

Alex Kiwomya threatens to break through for Rovers as he latches onto an excellent ball from Ben Whiteman but it closed down by a pair of Grimsby defenders and goalkeeper James McKeown. Kiwomya goes for the lob but sends the ball well over the bar.


Grimsby's Elliott Hewitt gets the game up and running

The team

And it's six changes made by Darren Moore with debuts handed to goalkeeper Seny Dieng and centre half Cameron John. Also coming into the side are Ali Crawford, Matty Blair, Alex Kiwomya and Niall Ennis - who is making his first start.
Missing out entirely, unsurprisingly, is James Coppinger