The FA Cup - Fifth Round
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Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace in FA Cup fifth round

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FA Cup: Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace highlights

Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp says the Eagles are "in a good position to get to Wembley" after his goal helped his team overcome League One side Doncaster Rovers to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Schlupp scored in the eighth minute and Max Meyer headed in a second just before half-time as Palace won 2-0 at Keepmoat Stadium.

The last eight will feature only two of the top six teams in the Premier League - Manchester City and either Chelsea or Manchester United, who play each other in the last fifth-round tie on Monday.

Along with Palace, the other Premier League sides left in the competition are Wolves, Watford and Brighton, with Swansea and Millwall - both in the bottom half of the Championship - also still in the cup.

"It's a great tournament but if we get a lesser team, so to speak, we have a great chance," Schlupp told the BBC.

"It was tough, we'd seen their form and we knew it was going to be tough. But we are pleased to have won, and we scored two good goals.

"We knew if we got past this we'd be in a good position to get to Wembley."

There are 36 league places between Palace and Doncaster and the Eagles took an early lead when Schlupp shot low into the net after a fine individual run.

Meyer then nodded in from Andros Townsend's headed cross to double the visitors' lead in first-half injury time.

Doncaster, who were aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, had a better second half but Ben Whiteman's shot was saved by Wayne Hennessey, Alfie May headed over from close range and James Coppinger's effort was deflected wide.

Doncaster's run comes to an end

The Eagles have never won the FA Cup, losing twice in finals to Manchester United in 1990 and 2016, but this was also only the second time in 23 years they had reached the last eight.

The quarter-final draw will be made after the Chelsea v Manchester United match and the last-eight ties will be played from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize money.

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Schlupp gives Palace early lead

Roy Hodgson named a strong Palace side at Keepmoat Stadium and handed a first start to Michy Batshuayi since his loan move from Chelsea at the end of the January transfer window.

Their first goal came after Luka Milivojevic won possession and released Schlupp, who was able to sprint into the box and shoot past Marko Marosi.

Milivojevic was also involved in the build-up to the second as his intelligent ball over the top of the Doncaster defence released Townsend, whose header found Meyer with the German scoring only his second goal for the club.

Doncaster, sixth in League One, had beaten Chorley, Charlton, Preston and Oldham to reach this stage but, despite a bright spell at the start of the second half, could not do enough to progress any further.

Man of the match - Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)

Luka Milivojevic
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic was involved in both of his side's goals. He won possession that started the move that led to Jeffrey Schlupp's goal and his pass found Andros Townsend, who headed across goal for Max Meyer to score the second

Townsend impresses again - the stats

  • Crystal Palace have won away at Doncaster for the first time since August 1960, ending a six-game winless run in all competitions (drawn two, lost four).
  • The Eagles have reached the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup for the second time in the last four seasons - as many as in their previous 33 campaigns.
  • Doncaster have not beaten top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since January 1985 (1-0 vs QPR), drawing two and losing six since.
  • Palace have scored in their last nine games in all competitions, their longest run since netting in 10 successive games in March 2016.
  • No Crystal Palace player has provided more goals (seven) or assists (four) than Andros Townsend in all competitions this season.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp has scored five goals in all competitions for Crystal Palace this season, his most in a single campaign since 2011-12 (six for Leicester).

'We saw the difference' - what they said

Doncaster manager Grant McCann said: "We played the game really well, it was a good game but we saw the difference with a Premier League team. I thought between the boxes we were good, but in the final third we didn't get enough shots away.

"We matched them for large periods, but if you give players of that standard those chances it will be hard. The goal before the break took the wind out of our sails a bit.

"We like to get about teams, that's how we approach it, but we were not going to leave anything in the changing room and we gave it a go today."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: "It's good that we are there [in the quarter-finals], I'm very proud of that.

"Today we owe an amazing debt to our fans, I don't quite know how they got there with the problems with the trains, and I thought we were playing at home for large periods of the game.

"It's not easy to quieten a crowd like Doncaster's in a game like this. We owe them a great debt of gratitude and we hope we can reward them by winning our quarter-final and hopefully getting a home tie."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 12Anderson
  • 3Andrew
  • 8WhitemanBooked at 81mins
  • 19MaySubstituted forBoocockat 89'minutes
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forRoweat 64'minutes
  • 15Kane
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forSadlierat 64'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 6Butler
  • 10Rowe
  • 22Sadlier
  • 33Jones
  • 40Boocock
  • 44Lewis

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 7Meyer
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forMcArthurat 80'minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forBentekeat 75'minutes
  • 14J AyewSubstituted forKouyatéat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tomkins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 17Benteke
  • 18McArthur
  • 31Guaita
  • 35Woods
  • 44Riedewald
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
14,010

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Rieves Boocock replaces Alfie May.

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Offside, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer tries a through ball, but Jeffrey Schlupp is caught offside.

Booking

Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Andros Townsend.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Michy Batshuayi.

Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Attempt blocked. Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a through ball.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kieran Sadlier replaces James Coppinger.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tommy Rowe replaces Ali Crawford.

Attempt saved. Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Jordan Ayew because of an injury.

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