Sunderland AFC v Doncaster Rovers: Confirmed team news, action and reaction from the Stadium of Light

Sunderland welcome Doncaster Rovers in League One this evening, looking to continue their fine form of late.
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Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers LIVE

The Black Cats beat Rovers away from home last month to kick-start their resurgence – but can they continue their unbeaten run this evening?

We’ll have action, reaction, team news and analysis from the Stadium of Light throughout the evening here in our live blog, with our team in position.

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Sunderland AFC v Doncaster Rovers

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And welcome to our live Sunderland AFC live blog, as the Black Cats face Doncaster Rovers.

We'll have live updates right here throughout the evening - including team news, action, reaction and more!

What team will Phil Parkinson select this evening?

There's some big choices for the Sunderland boss - with Kyle Lafferty and Bailey Wright both knocking on the door for a start.

More of the same this evening?


Sunderland are unchanged for this evening's clash - meaning there is again no place for Kyle Lafferty, or fellow new recruit Bailey Wright, in the starting line-up.

Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, meanwhile, drop out the squad completely.

Doncaster Rovers make two changes, with the evergreen James Coppinger surprisingly named on the bench.

Our team are in place!

The atmosphere is building here at the Stadium of Light...

A decent crowd is expected, even though the game is being broadcast this evening.

Doncaster are also set to bring a strong travelling contingent from South Yorkshire.

Kick-off is rapidly approaching...

The two teams have both headed down the tunnel, and kick-off is not far away.

We've got the fancy Sky Bet archway in place in the centre of the pitch, and even a plinth for the ball! It's like being back in the Premier League, this...

As the not-so-dulcet tones of The Prodigy ruing around the Stadium of Light, the teams take to the field.

Yet again, no sign of Stewart Donald or Charlie Methven in the DIrectors' Box. Methven said on BBC Newcastle earlier this week that he would be attending the game.

Superb noise already here from the home fans, as Doncaster get the ball rolling.

New signings Bailey Wright and Kyle Lafferty received a particularly loud cheer when the teams were announced, but both were named on the bench this evening.

There's been no real chances as of yet, but referee James Adcock isn't endearing himself to the home faithful - with what looked to be stonewall fouls on Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire waved away. They were in promising positions, too...

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