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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Doncaster Rovers

The Red Dragons return to the STōK Cae Ras in search of back-to-back victories

8 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Doncaster Rovers

The Red Dragons return to the STōK Cae Ras in search of back-to-back victories

8 September 2023

Phil Parkinson’s men return to action this weekend, as the Red Dragons aim to make it three victories on the bounce when Doncaster Rovers visit the STōK Cae Ras.

After a derby day win against Tranmere Rovers and three points against Newcastle United U21s in the EFL Trophy, tomorrow see’s us take on 24th place Doncaster.

The two sides haven’t met in competitive football since 2005, where the South Yorkshire based side defeated Denis Smith’s team in the Football League Trophy.

Wrexham will be without the versatile James McClean for the game, as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Last night they took on France in Paris, where the number 23 came off the bench at half-time to feature in the second half.

The EFL Trophy fixture against Newcastle United U21s saw the return of Jordan Tunnicliffe to the starting line-up, after an extended period out through injury.

Parkinson bolstered the squad once more, with the signing of former Scotland international Steven Fletcher until the end of the season.

In what is another highly anticipated clash, you can watch the game live wherever you are both in the UK and overseas.

 

THE RECAP

A narrow scoreline victory that didn’t reflect the run of play, but nevertheless, Wrexham were good value for the EFL Trophy win against the Magpies.

Sam Dalby got the Red Dragons off to a positive start, slotting into the empty net after both Billy Waters and Liam McAlinden missed opportunities to score in the build-up.

With opportunities to double the lead after opening the scoring, the youthful opposition began to find their feet, and looked a threat through Amadou Diallo.

The tricky wide man probed and caused problems all evening, but couldn’t find an equaliser thanks to the outstretched arm debutant Arthur Okonkwo.

Billy Waters should have made it two in the second half, but he lashed his effort over the bar, and into the SToK Cold Coffee Brew Stand.

Tom O’Connor came close to doubling the advantage, as his well-timed free kick rattled the frame of the crossbar.

It proved to be an effective exercise for the squad, and after the game, new signing George Evans explained he is looking forward to tomorrow’s contest.

He said: “We’ve got to recover well now and look forward to the game because we’ve got a big game on Saturday.

“We need to have the same energy once again and make sure we get the three points.”

 

EYE ON THE OPPOSITION

Doncaster have struggled to find their feet so far this season, with arguably their best performance coming against Premier League opposition.

Donny sit bottom of the league on two points, conceding twelve and are without a win in six league games.

Their only victory came in the Carabao Cup against Hull City, running out 2-1 winners, thanks to a double from former Wrexham striker George Miller.

Since then, they are winless, with only two draws in league action against Mansfield Town and Swindon Town.

However, their stronger performances returned in the Carabao Cup, with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Everton.

Joe Ironside struck before half time, leaving The Toffees trailing before the break. They were good value for their lead, but Beto and Arnaut Danjuma scored late on to defeat Rovers.

Ahead of the game tomorrow, boss Grant McCann spoke to their Club website and added that their full focus is to secure three points.

He said: “We want to continue to improve on what we’re doing and keep moving forward.

“I’m focused on my team going there and putting in a good performance that will hopefully get us the three points.”

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

  

Venue

Pld

Won

Drn

Lst

For

Agst

+/-

Home

    35          

14

10

11

53

39

+14

Away

34

4

15

15

39 

59

-20

               

Total

69

18

25

26

92

98

-6

  

Biggest home win – 5-0 (Div 3) – 15 Feb 1983 
Biggest away win – 4-1 (Div 3 North) – 21 Oct 1933

Wrexham’s Top Goalscorer: Tommy Bamford (6 goals)

HOW TO WATCH

Our fixture this Saturday against Doncaster Rovers is available to be live streamed to supporters both in the UK and overseas.

As the fixture falls during the international break, Article 48 does not apply, meaning fans around the world and at home can tune in to watch the game live.

You can listen to our WrexhamPlayer commentary team led by Mark Griffiths, on both our audio commentary and our video stream.

Match, Month and Season passes are available on our website, and you can find out further details here.

 

 

 


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