The FA Cup - Third Round
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Doncaster Rovers 2-3 Stevenage

Francois Zoko

League One Stevenage secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round by knocking out Championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers.

Francois Zoko fired Boro ahead from inside the area after the break.

Peter Hartley then headed in from a corner to double the visitors' advantage before Harry Forrester pulled a goal back with a left-footed strike.

Darius Charles fired in from inside the box to make it 3-1 before Liam Wakefield's late consolation strike.

Stevenage's victory means Doncaster, who are 22nd in the Championship, have now failed to win since beating QPR in a league game on 30 November.

Rovers started brightly, with Mark Duffy and Chris Brown going close.

But Stevenage ended the first half on top, with Luke Freeman and Marcus Haber having chances to put the visitors ahead.

And four minutes after the restart Zoko slotted Graham Westley's side ahead after a mistake by Doncaster defender Paul Quinn.

Boro then doubled their lead through Hartley's 65th-minute header before Forrester's 25-yard volley gave the hosts hope.

But inside the final minute of normal time they were caught on the break as Charles added the visitors' third goal, converting Zoko's right-wing cross.

Wakefield found the net soon after but it was too late for Rovers to score again and force a replay.

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Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1TurnbullBooked at 90mins
  • 15Wakefield
  • 31Stevens
  • 17Woods
  • 2Quinn
  • 12McCullough
  • 7Duffy
  • 4FurmanBooked at 51minsSubstituted forPaynterat 56'minutes
  • 9BrownSubstituted forBennettat 73'minutes
  • 6Syers
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forForresterat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Paynter
  • 13Maxted
  • 14Khumalo
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 23Bennett
  • 25Forrester
  • 30Peterson

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 6Jones
  • 29Hartley
  • 24Doughty
  • 5Ashton
  • 4Chorley
  • 7MoraisSubstituted forAndradeat 75'minutes
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forWedgburyat 75'minutes
  • 19HaberSubstituted forCharlesat 78'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 9Charles
  • 10Burrow
  • 11Akins
  • 20Smith
  • 25Andrade
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
3,899

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Stevenage 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Stevenage 3.

  3. Booking

    Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

  7. Post update

    Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Stevenage 3. Liam Wakefield (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

  11. Post update

    Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Stevenage 3. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Liam Wakefield.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).