EFL Cup
FulhamFulham2DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1

Fulham 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz had a good World Cup with Costa Rica - but was left in the cold by Felix Magath

Fulham managed only their second win in 10 attempts this season as they beat League One side Doncaster to reach the Capital One Cup fourth round.

It was also Kit Symons's first win as caretaker boss following the dismissal of Felix Magath last week.

Bryan Ruiz scored the first with a 15-yard drive before defender Dan Burn nodded in Ross McCormack's cross.

Fulham survived a scare when James Coppinger scored before Theo Robinson's penalty was saved by Marcus Bettinelli.

German Magath had completely frozen Ruiz out of the first-team picture, but the Costa Rican was brought back for the weekend game against Blackburn and proved his worth on Tuesday with the opener.

Match stat
Fulham's only wins this season have come in the League Cup

Rovers keeper Jed Steer had already been forced into action inside the first minute when he saved McCormack's shot with his legs, but had little chance with the goal - a shot rammed in by Ruiz.

Doncaster had their chances in the first half, with Cedric Evina curling a free-kick narrowly wide and Dean Furman seeing his shot deflected over.

However, it was Fulham who found the net again when centre-half Burn, standing in as captain for the rested Scott Parker, headed in at the far post.

The visitors deservedly pulled one back on the hour when skipper Coppinger jinked his way into the box and fired in an angled drive.

Rovers should have equalised 12 minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty after Tim Hoogland had handled Robinson's header in the area.

Robinson took the kick himself, but Bettinelli guessed correctly by diving to his left to keep out the low shot.

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons: "There will be a thorough search for the right manager and my challenge is to make sure that right person is me.

"Results are vital for my chances of getting the job. We have to build confidence - this is stepping stone and a good starting point."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov on Robinson's penalty miss: "Theo's taken penalties for us before and I'll never have a go at anyone who stands up there as I've done it myself.

"He put it on target but the keeper made a good save. The only disappointment is if it had gone in I think we would have gone on to win the game."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 40BettinelliBooked at 10mins
  • 5AmorebietaSubstituted forKavanaghat 69'minutes
  • 2Hoogland
  • 6BodurovBooked at 80mins
  • 33BurnBooked at 90mins
  • 3StafylidisSubstituted forParkerat 72'minutes
  • 21Christensen
  • 10RuizSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes
  • 28Hyndman
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Rodallega

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 8Parker
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 30David
  • 32Kavanagh

Doncaster

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Steer
  • 3Evina
  • 22Wabara
  • 12McCullough
  • 15WakefieldSubstituted forMcCombeat 89'minutes
  • 4Furman
  • 23BennettSubstituted forForresterat 45'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 18Keegan
  • 19WellensSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes
  • 14Tyson

Substitutes

  • 6McCombe
  • 9Robinson
  • 10Forrester
  • 13Marosi
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 30Askins
  • 35Ferguson
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
8,070

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Reece Wabara.

  4. Booking

    Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Nathan Tyson went off injured after Doncaster Rovers had used all subs.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jamie McCombe replaces Liam Wakefield.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jed Steer.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

  14. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Bryan Ruiz.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  18. Booking

    Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

  20. Post update

    Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.