1D star makes Doncaster debut

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson made his professional football debut for Doncaster last night, delighting 5,000 fans with his cameo.

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Meite could be back for Rovers

Doncaster are optimistic that Abdoulaye Meite will recover from the hamstring problem which forced him to miss the second half against Watford on Tuesday night.

Meite could be back in action this weekend Credit: Press Association

Rovers manager Paul Dickov is looking for a loan centre-back following news that Gabriel Tamas (fractured cheekbone) will be out for four to six weeks, while Bongani Khumalo is set to miss the remainder of the season after rupturing a kneecap.

Dickov: We should have won by more

Paul Dickov insisted his Doncaster side should have beaten 10-man Watford by a bigger margin than the eventual 2-1 result.

Paul Dickov Credit: Press Association

But the Rovers manager also admitted his team got lucky with a decision that saw goalkeeper Sam Johnstone go unpunished after hauling down Troy Deeney late in the first half as he was poised to tap home an equaliser, after Chris Brown had headed Rovers in front.

Brown's opener was matched by Ikechi Anya's equaliser, before Billy Sharp grabbed a stoppage-time winner for Doncaster.

Dickov reserved praise for new father James Coppinger, whose wife gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday. Coppinger, usually an attacking midfielder, slotted into an unfamiliar right-back slot against Watford.

Gabriel Tamas will be out injured for four to six weeks with a fractured cheekbone, and Dickov also claimed Paul Quinn, a right-back by preference, was "fantastic" for playing in a centre-back role alongside Abdoulaye Meite.


Sharp back for Rovers for Huddersfield clash

Billy Sharp will come back into the Doncaster squad after serving a three-match ban but Bongani Khumalo will be sidelined for around six months. The South African ruptured his kneecap this week while on international duty.

Billy Sharp is back from suspension Credit: Press Association

Midfielder Mark Duffy and defender Paul Quinn could also return following injuries.

Huddersfield striker Jon Stead could return to contention after he returned from his loan spell at Oldham. Leading goalscorer James Vaughan (calf) remains sidelined while defender Joel Lynch (groin) is in rehab.

Jon Stead is back from his spell at Oldham Credit: Press Association

Midfielder Jonathan Hogg (calf) missed last week's 5-0 win against Barnsley and remains doubtful.

Tomlinson wows crowds on the pitch for charity

He is more used to wowing the crowds on stage but One Direction's Louis Tomlinson did the same on the football pitch last night in his long-awaited debut for Doncaster Rovers.

The boyband star was a second half substitute for the reserve team match against Rotherham in front of a bumper crowd as James Webster reports:

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Louis Tomlinson thanks fans for supporting his Doncaster debut


Wow what an incredible experience . Can't put into words how I feel :) I will never forget pulling on my own Doncaster Rovers shirt !!


Really can't thank the team, the gaffer and every single person involved at Doncaster Rovers enough ! I feel like a 10 year old again !


And obviously a huge huge thank you to everyone who came down :) a real credit to our fans :) hope it was a good day out !

Transatlantic journey for one fan to see Louis Tomlinson

This One Direction Fan was at the Keepmoat tonight to see Louis Tomlinson's debut for the Rovers, but her journey to get there was at a little longer than most others who had turned out to see their idol.

She had travelled from America for the occasion and although the match ended with a goalless draw, she got to see Louis on the pitch in the second half.

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