MATCHDAY LIVE BLOG

League One; Friday, March 15, 2019; Keepmoat Stadium

Liam Hoden
Created By Liam Hoden
On Mar 15, 2019
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Doncaster Rovers 0 Barnsley 0

In summary
THE TEAMS
ROVERS: Marosi; Blair, Downing, Butler, Andrew; Kane, Whiteman, Rowe (Crawford 66); Wilks (May 82), Marquis, Coppinger (Sadlier 75). Subs: Jones, Lewis, Anderson, Smith.
BARNSLEY: Davies; Cavare, Lindsay, Pinnock, B Williams; J Williams (Hedges 81), Mowatt, Dougall (Fryers 18), Thiam; Woodrow, Adeboyejo (Bahre 59). Subs: Walton, Jackson, Green, Styles.
REFEREE: Ross Joyce (Cleveland)
ATTENDANCE: 11,710 (3,653 away)

9.40 A fair outcome

It's difficult to argue with the outcome of what was a game of two halves.
While Barnsley didn't quite enjoy the dominance Rovers did in the opening 45 minutes, they certainly had the better of the second.
It was a good contest between two hard working, highly energetic sides who both showed flashes of quality but probably lacked the real streak of true quality on the night to edge out the other.
It'd be nice if that was a Championship fixture next season...

9.39 It's over

9.38 Wide

  1. Ryan Hedges drills wide from 25 yards

9.36 Yellow card

Alex Mowatt, Barnsley, 90 minutes

9.35 ADDED TIME

THREE minutes

9.34 Over from Sadlier

Rovers again break rapidly. Alfie May slots through John Marquis who is tackled only for the ball to break for Kieran Sadlier, who drills over the bar.

9.33 Big chance

Rovers break superbly and Alfie May feeds Kieran Sadlier cuts inside before drilling low, forcing a smart block from the superb Adam Davies. May tries to follow up but that is also blocked out by the Barnsley keeper.

9.29 Just wide

Cauley Woodrow drills a low free kick from at least 30 yards and it rolls just wide of the post. The danger was real.

9.28 Barnsley on top

The momentum in the game is with the visitors, who look much more likely at the minute. Rovers just haven't had the control of the midfield they had in the first half.

9.27 Rovers substitution, 82 minutes

9.26 Barnsley substitution, 81 minutes

9.20 Rovers substitution, 75 minutes

9.18 Just wide

Barnsley sub Mike Bahre works space for a shot from the edge of the box and curls for the far bottom corner but it deflects narrowly wide.
Barnsley on top at the minute.

9.15 And even more important.

Marko Marosi tips away from his goal as Victor Adebayejo powers a cross-cum-shot into the middle.

9.14 Important from Marko

Marko Marosi makes an unconvincing parry from a brilliant long range effort from Cauley Woodrow - but it was enough to keep it out and give Rovers chance to clear.

9.11 Rovers substitution, 66 minutes

9.06 Strike from Marquis

....but it;s not a great one.
Adam Davies puts a clearance straight at Marquis' feet and you can see he is eager to have a shot on goal. He hasn't got the space to do so but finds it and goes for goal with a tame low effort that Davies dives on easily.

9.04 Over the bar

Cauley Woodrow sends the ball over the bar from 15 yards after meeting a cross from Jordan Williams.
Barnsley seem to be growing in confidence here and are seeing plenty more of the ball.

9.04 Barnsley substitution, 59 minutes

9.01 Apologies

Having a few wi-fi related issues here. Appear to be back up and running.

Rovers still look the brighter by the way.

8.50 Back underway

8.37 Expect improvement from Barnsley

For the Reds, they have not grasped hold of this game at all. They've been outworked and outfought up and down the pitch.
But there is certainly the positive for them that the game remains goalless at the break.
Losing Kenny Dougall early and pushing Ben Williams into the middle was far from ideal and they have certainly lost the midfield battle so far.
Barnsley have looked threatening on the break - and they've made clear their attacking talents throughout the season. You would back them to have at least spells in the second half.

8.35 Excellent from Rovers

That half firmly belonged to Rovers, despite remaining goalless at the break.
They pressed and harried from the first whistle, beating Barnsley to the punch time after time. It unsettled the visitors and saw them fail to find their own groove. But it also ensured Rovers looked much the more threatening, and arguably they should be in front.
Barring the lack of a goal, it's been exactly the sort of performance they needed to deliver against a side absolutely flying at the top end of League One.
The concern at this point is the lack of goal and that is something they need to rectify as soon as possible.
But, in Rovers terms, it is so far so good.

8.35 That's the break

8.33 ADDED TIME

TWO minutes

8.26 Brilliant save Marosi

Marko Marosi comes to Rovers' rescue with a brilliant save from Jordan Williams' shot. Barnsley broke quickly from a Rovers attack with a cross evading everyone only to land at the feet of Williams at the back post. Marosi rushed out and smothered the shot superbly with the Reds looking certain to score.

8.24 Excellent from Rovers

Rovers are well on top in this game, pressing at both ends of the pitch and forcing plenty of mistakes, They're crafting decent chances too. They only thing they haven't done is score.

8.21 What a strike

James Coppinger smashes a volley from a deep corner, forcing a superb block from Adam Davies. It was a fantastic strike but the angle was a tight one.

8.13 Last gasp from Blair

Matty Blair slides in with a last ditch tackle to keeper out Ben Williams on the left of the box. Barnsley moved up the pitch far too easily, with simple passes that found the space between the Rovers lines. Williams was released on the left side of the box but was tackled as he looked to get his shot away.

8.10 Brilliant break

Rovers surge forward on the break from half way with Herbie Kane doing brilliantly to win the ball and carry. He plays quickly to John Marquis who squares to Mallik Wilks but the effort from the Leeds loanee is far too tame.

8.07 Yellow card

Liam Lindsay, Barnsley, 20 minutes

8.05 Barnsley substitution, 18 minutes

8.04 Break

We've already had a lengthy break for Kenny Dougall to receive treatment after a clash with Ben Whiteman. And now we've got another with Dougall sitting down, clearly unable to continue.

7.59 Wide from Wilks

John Marquis finds Mallik Wilks on the corner of the box with a wonderful crossfield ball. Wilks cuts inside, skips through a challenge but hooks his shot tamely wide.

7.59 Very bright start from Rovers

If Rovers rediscovered their energy at Blackpool, they've only increased it in the short time between that game and this. They are high energy, all action both with and without the ball. They're pressing Barnsley hard and pushing forward quickly with the ball.

7.53 More Rovers pressure

Mallik Wilks sends a side volley wide of the far post after Rovers keep up the pressure. The ball was tossed around the Barnsley box with John Marquis nodding across to Wilks who swiped a volley but could not turn it on target.

7.51 Big double save

Barnsley keeper Adam Davies comes to his side's rescue twice in quick succession.
Danny Andrew launched a ball into the box from deep and it was met at the back post by Mallik Wilks, who thundered a header on target which Davies palmed away. John Marquis ran in and fired on goal but again Davies was equal to the effort.

7.48 Sidenetting

Mamadou Thiam drives a shot into the sidenetting as Barnsley threaten early.
Rovers lost the ball in the middle of the park with Barnsley full back Dimitri Cavare charging forward. The ball switched to the far side where Thiam galloped into the box and drilled low.

7.48 Underway

Kenny Dougall of Barnsley takes the kick-off and we are underway

7.44 They're here

The team is in

And it's three changes for Rovers tonight.
John Marquis returns to the side as expected, as do James Coppinger and Herbie Kane. Alfie May, Kieran Sadlier and Ali Crawford drop to the bench.

And the visitors

And it's three changes for the visitors tonight.
IN: Jordan Williams, Ben Williams, Victor Adebayejo
OUT: Dani Pinillos, Jordan Green, Mike Bahre

The build-up

TEAM NEWS
Rovers: John Marquis returns from suspension, while James Coppinger and Herbie Kane are likely to be restored to the starting line-up. Tommy Rowe could keep his place after netting the equaliser at Blackpool.
Possible: Marosi, Blair, Downing, Butler, Andrew, Whiteman, Kane, Rowe, Coppinger, Wilks, Marquis.
Barnsley: The Reds are without star striker Kieffer Moore, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and suspended midfielder Cameron McGeehan.

LAST MEETING
Barnsley 1 Rovers 1
November 24, 2018, League One
Rovers produced one of their best performances of the season at Oakwell but had to settle for a point. Herbie Kane’s header was cancelled out by Cauley Woodrow’s (pictured) goal.

HEAD TO HEAD
Rovers wins 27
Draws 23
Barnsley wins 24

SCOUT REPORT
Barnsley became the first side to stop Sunderland scoring in a League One match this season in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Oakwell. The Reds were the better side in the first half but in the end were quite satisfied with a point. 

MEMORY MATCH
Richard Chaplow scored a last minute winner when these sides last met at the Keepmoat, in 2015. Rovers won 2-1.

FORM GUIDE
Rovers: WLDLDD
Barnsley: WDDWWD

MATCH ODDS
Rovers: 9/5
Draw: 5/2
Barnsley: 11/8

PRE-MATCH READING

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