The FA Cup - Third Round
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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Stoke City

Stoke secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round for the seventh straight year as goals from Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters saw off Doncaster.

The visitors took the lead when Crouch - one of nine changes - flicked in Joselu's teasing cross.

Doncaster replied when Luke McCullough surged out of defence and rolled the ball to Nathan Tyson to tap home.

But the League One side were denied a lucrative replay by Walters' fine 25-yard strike.

Andy Butler hit the bar with a looping header but Darren Ferguson's side could not find an equaliser to take them into the fourth-round draw.

Stoke's striking stand-ins prove their worth

Having played for much of the Premier League season so far with no out-and-out centre forwards in their XI (with Bojan deployed as a false nine), Mark Hughes named a second-string line-up containing no fewer than four strikers: Crouch, Joselu, Walters and Mame Biram Diouf.

And it took just 15 minutes for two of the forwards to combine, with Joselu curling in a fine ball from the right and Crouch bursting between the centre-backs to apply a clever finish.

Crouch - the only player on the pitch to have won the cup, with Liverpool in 2006 - should have made it two but somehow cleared the bar from two yards when Thorsten Stuckmann's save fell to him.

But Stuckmann's luck ran out when his poor goal-kick fell to Walters, whose sweet strike flew into the bottom corner.

Tyson strikes, but no knockout punch for Donny

Doncaster - managed by Hughes's room-mate from his Manchester United playing days, Darren Ferguson - were seeking a place in the fourth round for the first time since 2010, and Tyson's sixth goal of the season raised hopes of an upset.

McCullough beat two players in a superb run and the striker finished at the second attempt after debutant goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard saved his initial shot.

Donny had plenty of chances to grab a late equaliser, but they could not find the target.

Tyson hooked over from five yards before Butler headed over the top from even closer range in stoppage time.

What they said

Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson: "I thought our performance was good. We were really unlucky not to get something out of that game.

"We worked very hard and if we play like that every week we will win games. We've had a couple of clear chances at the end with Nathan Tyson and Andy Butler, but in the cups you don't get a second chance and you have to take them.

"We should have had a penalty at 1-1 and Wollscheid could have been sent off. We felt the little decisions didn't go our way."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "It was a good cup tie. Doncaster played well with a good quality of ball into our box, and we had to defend manfully at times.

"It was two great goals that won us the tie and we're delighted with that. We made a lot of changes and we weren't as fluent as we know we can be, but the guys that came in did well. A number of them haven't had games for a number of weeks so I was really pleased with what they put up today."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 12Stuckmann
  • 38Alcock
  • 4McCullough
  • 6Butler
  • 20Taylor-SinclairSubstituted forMainat 76'minutes
  • 3Evina
  • 29MiddletonSubstituted forMackenzieat 89'minutes
  • 18KeeganSubstituted forChaplowat 77'minutes
  • 22GrantBooked at 84mins
  • 14TysonBooked at 32mins
  • 11Williams

Substitutes

  • 2Lund
  • 8Chaplow
  • 9Main
  • 17Mackenzie
  • 23Marosi
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 34Davies

Stoke

  • 29Haugaard
  • 2BardsleySubstituted forJohnsonat 61'minutes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26WollscheidBooked at 31mins
  • 12Wilson
  • 19WaltersBooked at 62mins
  • 15Van GinkelBooked at 39mins
  • 16AdamSubstituted forSidwellat 87'minutes
  • 18Diouf
  • 11Joselu
  • 25CrouchSubstituted forWhelanat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 6Whelan
  • 8Johnson
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 21Sidwell
  • 23Teixeira
  • 34Shenton
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
13,299

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home19
Away17
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Stoke City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Stoke City 2.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Curtis Main with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joselu (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Curtis Main.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Gary Mackenzie replaces Harry Middleton.

Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Chaplow (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Charlie Adam.

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Middleton.

Booking

Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Chaplow with a cross.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Attempt saved. Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Chaplow.

Attempt saved. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Attempt blocked. Joselu (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Chaplow replaces Paul Keegan.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Curtis Main replaces Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

Attempt missed. Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Keegan.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Attempt missed. Joselu (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Glenn Whelan replaces Peter Crouch.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Joselu.

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