It’s a big crunch clash at the bottom end of the League One table today and every point gained in the fixture could be extremely valuable going forward.
Charlton have struggled to the surprise of many and the club have even relieved manager Nigel Adkins of his duties in a bid to get more positive results (and it worked too, with Johnnie Jackson taking temporary charge and winning his first game at the helm last week 1-0).
Doncaster are a position lower than the Addicks and have also faltered so far this campaign. The third tier outfit have lost nine of their 14 games so far this season and have scored only ten goals in total in those fixtures.
They’ve kept a hold of boss Richie Wellens so far but he’ll need to get his side firing soon or they face a task in staying afloat in League One this season.
Both then will be chasing a valuable three points in the game, with a win potentially dragging either side out of the mire on at least a temporary basis.
Here then, are two things to watch out for in the game.
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You can’t really sit and ‘watch’ a coach for 90 minutes but it’s worth keeping an eye on the interim boss and how he performs in his next match in charge of the side.
Having beaten high-flying Sunderland last week, the boss may be staking his claim to have the job on a permanent basis.
Jackson has never been handed a proper managerial role in his career to date but the former Charlton player has done well so far and if he keeps it up on a regular basis, then there is every chance he would win the job in a full-time role.
If he can get another good result against Doncaster and help lead the Addicks away from the drop zone – and his tactics, player selection, in-game plan and substitutions all work effectively – then he definitely would have a case for having the job.
It’s worth seeing then how he fares in another important fixture.
The on-loan Doncaster man has been one of the bright sparks for Rovers so far this season and was impressive in midweek, as the 20-year-old bagged an important goal to help his side to a draw with Cambridge. He helped dictate the play from midfield and it isn’t the first time this season that he has looked exciting and one of the better players for the third tier outfit.
If anyone can help his side in such a crucial game then, it could be the youngster. He may not have much experience yet but he has often played like he has years of playing time in his locker and if he can replicate his performance against Cambridge this weekend, then there is no reason why he cannot help swing the game in Doncaster’s favour.
Galbraith is a good young prospect – and Doncaster will need players like him to keep impressing if they want to stay up. If he can continue to do so – and perform well against Charlton – then they could pile more misery on the Addicks.