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Posted Fri 06 Dec 13

Preview: Doncaster Rovers

Match Preview: Setting the scene
Doncaster Preview Setting the Scene
Wanderers will be going all out to return to winning ways against Doncaster Rovers this Saturday following successive defeats at the hands of Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town.

With another Yorkshire side set to visit the Reebok Stadium this weekend, Dougie Freedman and his players will be hoping for better luck against Paul Dickov’s newly promoted Rovers side.

The visitors however will make the trip to BL6 in buoyant mood having secured a hard-earned point away at Birmingham City in midweek, along with a number of impressive victories over high-flying Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers so far this season.

A fixture which was last played competitively back in 1987, the two sides did meet in the FA Cup in January 2007 where Wanderers ran out 4-0 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium with strikes from Idan Tal and Kevin Davies plus a brace from Andranik Teymourian ensuring Bolton’s progression into the fourth round.
Match Preview: Team news
Doncaster Preview Team News
Mark Davies and Josh Vela both enjoyed 65 minutes apiece in a behind-closed-doors game in midweek, but the clash with the Yorkshire outfit will come a little too soon for the duo.

Chris Eagles however should be fit after recovering from a knock he sustained earlier in the week, while long term absentees Adam Bogdan, Stuart Holden, Marc Tierney and Joe Riley all remain sidelined.
Match preview: Op camp
Doncaster Preview Opp Camp
Doncaster Rovers make their first ever visit the Reebok Stadium following a steady if not spectacular start in their return to the second tier of English football.

Having returned to the Championship at the first time of asking following their relegation in May 2012, Rovers and recently appointed manager Paul Dickov have already produced a number of impressive performances during the opening months of the campaign.

With Dickov having strengthened his squad during the summer with the acquisition of ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and highly rated former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, the Doncaster faithful will be hoping that their side have found the perfect blend of experience and youth to help them maintain their Championship status come May.
Match Preview: One to watch
Doncaster Preview One to Watch
At the tender age of 24, Theo Robinson has already developed a reputation for his goal scoring exploits during the early stages of his career. 

Having played for eight different clubs so far, Robinson has been capped by Jamaica and has even featured alongside Wanderers’ very own Jermaine Beckford for the Reggae Boyz.

Starting his career at Watford, Robinson only made two appearances in his three years with the Hornets, being sent out on loan to a variety of clubs including Wealdstone, Hereford and Southend United where he proved his worth in front of goal.

Following his stint at Vicarage Road, Huddersfield swooped to secure the youngster’s signature in the summer of 2009, with the striker going on to enjoy two successful seasons in Yorkshire.

After enjoying a brief loan spell with Millwall during his time with the Terriers, the Lions moved to bring him to the club on a permanent basis in January 2011. 

Robinson however struggled to settle in the capital, with Derby County becoming his next port of call just six months after his move to Millwall had been completed.

The Birmingham-born frontman’s time at Pride Park was to turn out to be arguably the most prolific of his career to date, with the centre-forward notching 23 goals during two years with the Rams.

His exploits in Derbyshire certainly caught the eye of many a potential suitor, but it was to be Doncaster Rovers who secured his signature in the summer with Robinson announcing his arrival with a goal on his debut against Blackburn Rovers – one of his four strikes so far this term.
Match preview: Man in the middle
Doncaster Preview Ref
Richard Clark will officiate Wanderers’ clash with Doncaster Rovers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Residing in Northumberland, Clark has been involved in the game since 2009 and has taken charge of 15 games so far this season across the Championship, League One, League Two, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Having dished out 48 yellow cards during the course of the current campaign, Clark has also awarded five penalties and dismissed six players.

Although he has never refereed a Bolton first team game, he did take the whistle for the U21s’ 0-0 draw with Sunderland back in September 2010.

Steven Copeland and Robert Jones will run the line, while Nigel Miller will be the fourth official.