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What a fantastic win!!!!! All I can say and I have finally broken my curse of a first away win watching Coventry! Going into the game I would gladly have took a point with them being second, but they were awful, truly were. Coventry boss Mark Robins had to make one force change to his side with captain Carl Baker serving a one match ban giving Adam Barton a chance to prove himself, which he did. Running up to Christmas I wasn’t expecting many away fans but 872 fans so …

This is my view on the fortunes of the local clubs in the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire area for the forthcoming season, you may not agree with what I say (in fact its pretty much a given that someone wont) so feel free to comment on this article or im on twitter @AWFootballBlogs. Enjoy and good luck for the forthcoming season whoever you support.
Championship
Barnsley

Best Odds
To Win League     200/1 (Various Bookmakers)
Promotion             80/1 (Victor Chandler)
Relegation             13/8 (Coral and BET 365)
Overview
Once again Barnsley start the season as most bookmaker’s favourites to be relegated and once again most Barnsley fans …

I am now exactly half way through my Npower Championship previews, in this feature I will be mulling over my thoughts of Doncaster Rovers. This will be their fourth consecutive season in the Championship, but this time around can they match their highest place finish of 12th which they secured two seasons ago, or will the side which finished 21st last season continue their dismal efforts in this campaign…
Doncaster Preview
In recent campaigns Doncaster Rovers have been very inconsistent, last season Sean O’Driscoll’s side only finished one place above the relegation …

Crystal Palace vs. Doncaster Rovers, Selhurst Park, 27/11/10
Following a messy encounter between Palace and Sheffield United last week, the only change that will be truly welcomed is the rotation of referee, after Anthony Taylor misjudged a few decisions which ultimately cost Palace the match. Enough said, lets not conjour up any more ill feeling.
However, maybe more worrying than the standard of refereeing at this level is the timing of captain Paddy McCarthy’s groin injury which will certainly prevent any action this week and for the next 4 preceding. Solid as a rock …

The Opposition:

Doncaster Rovers have exceeded many people’s expectations this season, building on their great performances to the back end of the 2008-2009 campaign; bottom at Christmas Doncaster managed to finish 14th, and currently they sit 11th just 4 points off the play-offs. Sean O’Driscoll has further enhanced his reputation this season as one of the best managers outside the Premier League after achieving great success whilst managing Doncaster, playing a good style of football in the process. Looking to build on last season, their first in the Championship, Doncaster brought …

Derby County’s impressive home form came down to earth with a bump as Doncaster Rovers stole all three points at Pride Park.
The Rams had been unbeaten at home since early November and were on a 4 game unbeaten streak before Rovers arrived at Pride Park, but the visitors deserved their victory as the home side struggled on a freezing December day.
The first half belonged to Rovers as their slick passing football opened up the Derby defence on a couple of occasions, and in the 21st minute they opened the scoring …

Will we ever see a game again? It feels a long time since Rovers fans have had a chance to watch their team, with the last two games being cancelled and it being highly likely that Tuesday’s rescheduled game at Cheltenham will be postponed again, their weekend home fixture was called off too. I wonder what will happen if this FA Cup fixture continues to be pushed back, as the next round game versus Aston Villa is supposed to be played on the 24th. When a home fixture for the …

The transfer window has now opened and it is now time for the Doncaster Rovers hierarchy to make some tough decisions concerning how and if to spend money on players, as whatever happens in the market this January could have a potentially decisive bearing on which league Rovers compete in next season. The defence is of a decent standard and the midfield is excellent, goals are what is needed and it is widely thought that at least one striker will be added to the squad, with two men standing …

The Rovers finally claimed a victory at the 13th attempt against Ipswich on Saturday and what a relief it was for me and all the other supporters inside the Keepmoat Stadium. Seeing the highlights on the Championship this morning it has to be recognised that Rovers were extremely lucky in hanging onto their 1-0 lead, being at the match in person it appeared to be a more even contest it terms of attacking output than the television coverage has proven since. Ipswich were guilty of missing several opportunities and Darren …

Rovers make their first TV appearance of the season tomorrow against Jim Magilton’s Ipswich Town. Rovers enter this game on the back of an horrific 12 game winless streak and Sean O’Driscoll must be hoping that his tactics, which have thus far produced an attractive style of play but few decent results, can start to regularly gain 3 points.
Ipswich on the other hand come into the game undefeated in their last 6, with a handy 1-0 win away at Blackpool last week. The only problem for the Suffolk club recently …