A late goal gives Doncaster hope of making Wembley but Charlton have the advantage following their first-leg win at the Keepmoat Stadium and they can finish the job tonight. Charlton took advantage of a wild three minutes to turn the first leg into their advantage – they had initially been second best in what was a tightly contested game before Lyle Taylor’s low header put them in front before Taylor put Joe Aribo in to make it two, but the victory was a tremendous result and they may just be the better side.
Charlton finished 15 points ahead of Doncaster in the regular season and they ended the season full of running too, finishing 4 points clear of the form table (taken from the last eight games of the season). They look to be in an even stronger position when you take their home record into account – they earned 55 points at the Valley, second only to Luton – a record that is much better than Doncaster’s 27 points on their travels.
Until Blair’s late goal their defence was heading for an eighth clean sheet in their last ten games with Krystian Bielik having had a stormer playing as the right-sided centre back alongside Patrick Bauer and Ben Purrington. Those three gave Lee Bowyer plenty of balance in a 3-5-2 formation that proved effective and perhaps at home, midfield talents like Josh Cullen and Josh Parker might be able to get into the game earlier and supply the dynamic duo of Taylor and Joe Aribo.
Charlton are unbeaten in their last 13 at home and they can seal the deal here.
Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
League One Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
19:45 Sky Sports Football HD / Sky Sports Main Event HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
MAY 2019 LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF Doncaster 1-2 Charlton
MAR 2019 LEAGUE ONE Doncaster 1-1 Charlton
DEC 2018 FA CUP Charlton 0-2 Doncaster
NOV 2018 LEAGUE ONE Charlton 2-0 Doncaster
FEB 2018 LEAGUE ONE Doncaster 1-1 Charlton
OCT 2017 LEAGUE ONE Charlton 1-0 Doncaster
JAN 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Doncaster 3-0 Charlton
NOV 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Charlton 2-0 Doncaster
MAR 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP Charlton 1-2 Doncaster
SEP 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP Doncaster 0-1 Charlton
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