Bucky’s Blog: Who made it into my strongest Doncaster Rovers XI?

Nathan Tyson leads the line for what John Buckley feels is Rovers' strongest team.
Nathan Tyson leads the line for what John Buckley feels is Rovers' strongest team.

This week we asked our resident Rovers columnist John Buckley to name what he feels is Doncaster Rovers’ strongest XI.

We should point out, John selected his team on Tuesday afternoon - prior to Tuesday night’s 5-0 win at Crawley.

John Buckley’s strongest XI (4-2-3-1): Bywater; Wabara, McCullough, Butler, Stevens; Keegan, Furman; Coppinger, Wellens, Forrester; Tyson.


Stephen Bywater picks himself in goal. Reece Wabara - not that I didn’t rate him to start with - just seems to improve a little bit each time I see him play.

Andy Butler and Luke McCullough have formed a decent partnership and they almost pick themselves too.

Left back Enda Stevens also looks very assured on the ball and can get forward.


I like Paul Keegan. There’s a suggestion he might sit too deep but he keeps us well positioned and well protected.

Dean Furman is capable of sitting deep or playing more advanced. He’s experienced playing in lots of different roles and, if we needed him to, he could bomb on.

But I’d have Richie Wellens in a more advanced role. I just think with him given more of a free role in front of the sitting two we can get the ball forward quickly because he reads the game so well and he likes to play it on the floor.


If he’s fit I’d always play James Coppinger, he’s very intelligent. Him and Wellens have an understanding, it’s almost telepathic.

Harry Forrester is a top, top player when he turns it on. He’s dangerous whether he goes outside or comes inside, so they’d be my choices as wingers.

Nathan Tyson has been unlucky with injuries. When he’s fit, he’s a threat and he’s done well for us. I’d play him when he’s available.


I’m a big fan of Kyle Bennett. He’d play if James Copppinger was injured. I like him either out wide or behind the striker, he can do the same job as Forrester and Coppinger. But when Coppinger and Forrester are fit they have to play.

I’d stick Liam Mandeville and Jack McKay on the bench, alongside Uche Ikpeazu.