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Three To Watch: Will any of these Doncaster players give Sunderland a hard time tonight?

We’ve hand-picked the three Doncaster players most likely to cause Sunderland some harm in tonight’s game - will any of them live up to the hype in front of the Sky TV cameras?

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Reece James

Games/Goals: 23/2

Reece James has proven to be a shrewd signing by Moore and is one the first names on the Rovers team-sheet, and has even started adding goals to his game.

Recently handed corner taking duties, Moore has been rewarded by his decision to hand him the responsibility in recent weeks with Rovers looking far more dangerous from set-pieces.

James perhaps has more in his locker than just the dependable full-back we saw at Sunderland, but despite his relative success at the Stadium of Light last season, he’ll be keen to show his former club just what they are missing.

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James Coppinger

Games/Goals: 25/3

It’s unbelievable to think that Coppinger has almost completed two decades at Doncaster Rovers and is still as key to their squad as he was when he first joined.

Being plucked from non-league by Sir Bobby Robson in 2000, he left St. James Park to go directly to the other St. James Park when he joined Exeter City, before eventually moving to Yorkshire with Doncaster, where he’s remained ever since.

At 38, Coppinger is still a decent player. He topped the assist table last term and was a vital cog in their promotion push under Grant McCann last season. His ability to create was a huge reason for John Marquis’ fabulous season in front of goal.

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Jon Taylor

Games/Goals: 25/5

A player courted by Sunderland in the summer, the former Rotherham United winger is doing well down in Yorkshire, hitting five goals already this term.

The 27-year-old Scouser has bags of experience in League One and won promotion from the third tier back in 2018 with the Millers, where he spent a total of three seasons.

Unusually for a winger, he doesn’t get too many assists, instead preferring to get in the box himself, or have a crack from a decent angle.

He’s tricky, very quick and hard working, Taylor has a fantastic engine and his battle with Denver Hume this evening is sure to be an intriguing one.

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