MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Doncaster Rovers

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Charlton will be looking to progress to the play-off final at Wembley as we play host to Doncaster Rovers in the semi-final second leg at The Valley on Friday.

The Addicks come into the game with a slight advantage following the 2-1 win at Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the job is not done yet. Goals from Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo sealed the first leg win, before Matty Blair pulled a late goal back.

Lee Bowyer’s men know that a win or draw in normal time will seal a place in the final, while a one-goal loss will send the game to extra time and possible penalties.

The winner of the two-legged affair will go on to face Sunderland on Sunday, May 26th after the Mackems triumphed with a 1-0 aggregate score in their semi-final with Portsmouth.

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Chris Solly returns from suspension following his dismissal at Oxford United and could make his 298th appearance for the club.

Jonny Williams will look to be involved as he returned to bench at the Keepmoat on Sunday. However, Igor Vetekole remains a doubt with a tight groin.

Grant McCann, meanwhile, says that James Coppinger is fit, despite being withdrawn at the break on Sunday. They have no other injury concerns.

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All tickets for the game are SOLD OUT! Thank you for your incredible support.

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Charlton striker Lyle Taylor: “With a goal being the difference, you can’t be slack and we won’t be slack. Bow would never let us be slack. We have to go about business as if it’s 0-0 and do everything we can to win the game and keep a clean sheet.”

Doncaster boss Grant McCann: “It’s going to be difficult, but we have to approach Friday’s game with the same mindset that we had during the second half on Sunday. Charlton are a good side, but we’ve shown for long periods of that game, and our most recent league game that we can match them.”

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Charlton and Doncaster have met 14 times with Charlton coming out victorious in eight of those games and losing four, with the remaining two games ending in draws.

The Addick’s took four points off our opponents this season. A 1-1 away draw saw a John Marquis own-goal cancelled out by Mallik Wilks in March. However, when we played host to Doncaster previously, Joe Aribo and Karlan Grant netted in a comfortable 2-0 home win in November.

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For 2018/19's match previews, we are dipping into the Valley Pass archive to look back on a previous encounter against Charlton's opponents. 

This time, we wind the clock back to November 2013 when Dale Stephens and Simon Church netted in a 2-0 victory at The Valley in the Championship.

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Gavin Ward will be the man in the middle at The Valley on Friday. Ward has taken charge of 38 games this season, producing 126 yellow cards and eight reds.

The referee has already taken charge of this clash early this season for the Addicks' 2-0 win against Doncaster in November and most recently oversaw Charlton’s 3-1-win against champions Luton Town last month, showing the Hatters' Andrew Shinnie a red card for two bookable offences.

His assistants will be Shaun Hudson and Akil Howson with Tim Robinson as his fourth official.

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Supporters will be able to get their hands on a bumper 92-page edition of Valley Review for Friday's play-off semi-final, second leg clash with Doncaster Rovers.

As a memorable season nears its end, the official matchday programme details the campaign with a 10-page month-by-month account of all the highs and lows from August to May.

And with a Wembley meeting with Sunderland up for grabs in the final, 1998 play-off heroes Mark Kinsella and Sasa Ilic both provide exclusive interviews as they share their memories of their incredible achievement 21 years ago.

Click here to read more information about Friday's Valley Review.

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The North Stand’s free entry supporters’ bar will be open as usual, with its doors opening from 5.30pm.

All season ticket holders and Charlton fans with match tickets are welcome to visit the Fans’ Bar before and after the game and supporters can purchase food and drinks in there.

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Saturday's Family Activity Zone will be open between 6pm to 7.15pm giving youngsters the chance to warm up for the game by playing FIFA, pool and table tennis. There will also be face-painting.

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A number of options will be available on the East Street menu for Friday. As well as a ‘sausage of the match’ – which changes every matchday – portions of chips will be on sale and, as a sweeter option, muffins and jam doughnuts will be available amongst other things.

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Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account, Facebook page and official Snapchat account.

Live commentary of the clash - which is presented by ITRM - will be available on Valley Pass exclusively for subscribers. Please click here for more information on how you can subscribe to Valley Pass and how you can purchase a 48-hour matchday pass, which is priced at just £4.

The game is also being broadcast live on both Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

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The game kicks off at 7.45pm and Charlton will be backed by the largest home support at The Valley since 2012. Below is important information for fans attending.

Supporters who are attending Friday evening's match are reminded to leave plenty of time to enter the ground due to the higher-than-usual attendance and are also urged to avoid bringing bags, if possible, to ease security checks upon entrance.

Click here to see how to enter the ground using a paper ticket.

Click here to see how to enter the ground using an e-ticket on your smart phone.

All EFL clubs have been provided with the below information.

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