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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 8,616) 8th January 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Taylor

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Doncaster 2

B Sharp (41)
J Hayter (43)


Wolves 2

N Milijas (38)
S Hunt (pen 58)
G Elokobi (S/O 77)

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Last Updated at 4:54 pm, January 8th 2011

  1. Doncaster 2 Wolves 2. All square at the final whistle and we go for a replay. Rovers should be proud of their display, but Wolves did spend much of the second half knocking on the door and will feel that they deserved at least a second shot. Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the game.

  2. 90+4

    Hahnemann takes an age with a goal kick, allowing the seconds to tick away. In fairness both sides will probably take a draw.

  3. 90+3

    Rovers' tunr to attack, but there is no way through for Sharp. Another handball shout then goals up as Oster sees a snap-shot blocked by a flying Wolves body.

  4. 90+2

    Smart stop by Sullivan to deny Hunt. Corner to Wolves and they push plenty forward. The loose ball drops to Milijas, who slices badly wide.

  5. 90+1

    Wayward cross from Lockwood. He attempts to go long from wide on the left, but goes too long and fires the ball over.

  6. Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  7. 90

    Brooker replaces Hayter in the Rovers frontline.

  8. 89

    Wolves look to slow things down, but Rovers are giving them no time on the ball. Wilson snaps into a challenge on Hunt, winning the ball back for the hosts.

  9. 88

    Set-piece fails to open up Wolves. Doncaster are pushing more men forward, but need to beware leaving too much space in behind.

  10. 87

    Berra climbs all over Hayter and Rovers win a free-kick. Ironic cheers from the crowd who feel they have had nothing from the officials all day.

  11. 86

    Coppinger agains teases Berra and co. His cross-shot is hit hard,but straight at Hahnemann. Rovers could win this. They have rediscovered their spark.

  12. 85

    Clever cross from Coppinger, which Wolves can only half clear. Sharp takes a wild swing at the ball, but gets nowhere near it.

  13. 84

    Terrible touch from Berra sends Coppinger clear. He then stands on the ball and is forced to settle for as corner as the Wolves defence regroups. The set-piece comes to nothing.

  14. 83

    Doyle with a sight of goal for a moment, but it is soon closed off and his shot is blocked. Rovers break at pace.

  15. 82

    Positive break from Rovers, led by Hird. He cuts inside and goes for goal. His shot is way off target, but is heading for the head of Sharp until Stearman gets in the way.

  16. 81

    Doncaster need to see more of the ball if they are going to win this, they are making life too easy for Wolves.

  17. 80

    Hahnemann in rush to get rid of the ball. Wolves might be about to settle for this. A replay is not the end of the world for them as the tie will go to Molineux.

  18. 79

    Ward is filling in at left-back now. Quite a turnaround for him given that he has spent the majority of the game in search of goals at the opposite end of the field.

  19. 78

    Rovers now looking to work the ball into the space Elokobi has left behind. Sharp battles for a long ball with two Wolves defenders, and is somehow pulled up for a foul.

  20. 77

    How will Wolves fare with 10 men? They have come back into this and were looking like the more likley victors.

  21. 76

    Elokobi is sent for an early bath. He caught Coppinger on the head and can have no complaints.

  22. 75

    Nasty clash between Elokobi and Coppinger. The Wolves man rather flew into the challenge and could be in trouble when he gets back to his feet.

  23. 74

    Wolves hit Rovers on the counter, with Jarvis given loads of space in which to work. He runs at Friend, before curling inches over the top. Sullivan then has to pluck a high cross out of the air under pressure from Doyle.

  24. 73

    Not on this occasion. Jarvis' delivery is good, and picks out Berra, but again the towering centre-half diverts the ball into the stands.

  25. 72

    Guess what? Corner to Wolves, won by Ward as he burst down the left. Surely they will make one of these count in a minute!

  26. 71

    Yet another corner to Wolves. Jarvis goes short to Ward. He dinks over a cross, but no-one in a gold shirt is able to get a telling touch.

  27. 70

    Hunts' delivery is good and after a bout of head tennis, Sullivan has to tip over the top. The second set-piece somehow breaks through a number of bodies at the front post and Sullivan has to parry clear.

  28. 69

    Fletcher makes way for Doyle, as Wolves line up another corner.

  29. 68

    Yet more acrobatics. Ward takes the ball with his back to goal, flicks it up with his first touch and goes for an overhead with his second. Sullivan is right behind the shot and holds on. At the other end, Hahnemann spills a Coppinger cross, but gathers at the second attempt.

  30. 67

    Milijas has willing runners, but holds on to the ball. Wolves now taking their time as they attempt to pick holes in the Doncaster rearguard.

  31. 66

    Impressive turn of pace from Elokobi as he chases down Coppinger. The Wolves full-back gets back into position and then forces the Rovers winger to bundle the ball out for a goal kick.

  32. 65

    Friend on in place of Chambers.

  33. 64

    Another bicycle kick from Wolves, with Fletcher getting in on the act. His acrobatic fails to lay ona chance for Ward, who was lurking in the middle.

  34. 63

    Slight lull in proceedings, with the midfield battle taking centre stage. Rovers aren't finding the space they were earlier in the game.

  35. 62

    As I say that, Rovers spring forward. Hayter is unable to chase down a long ball over the top though and Hahnemann ambles off his line to gather.

  36. 61

    Wolves have been buoyed by the equaliser. They are now the ones piling on the pressure, with Doncaster unable to get out of their own half at present.

  37. 60

    Really should have been 3-2 to the visitors. The ball drops invitingly for Ward six yards out, but somehow he manages to lift the ball over the top. Bad miss.

  38. 59

    Elokobi leads a Wolves attack, after Doncaster feel they should have had a free-kick. The home support are not happy with the officials.

  39. 58

    GOAL WOLVES - HUNT. All square again as Hunt makes no mistake from the spot. He drills low to Sullivan's left and finds the bottom corner.

  40. 58

    Penalty to Wolves as Chambers cuts down Jarvis.

  41. 57

    Hunt cuts inside from the right flank and outs over a cross-shot. Sullivan is safely behind it.

  42. 56

    Milijas turns the ball around the corner for Jarvis. The pass has too much on it though and Jarvis is unable to bring the ball under his spell.

  43. 55

    One or two loose passes creeping in, from both sides. Doherty drills straight out for Wolves, before O'Connor follows his lead for the hosts.

  44. 54

    A sliced clearance from Berra almost takes my head off. You don't expect to be targetted in the press box!

  45. 53

    Corner to Wolves taken by Jarvis. He gets no height on the delivery and the ball is hacked to safety at the front post.

  46. 52

    Jones tries his luck from distance this time. He gets underneath his shot though and scoops the ball onto the roof of the net. Wolves are getting closer.

  47. 51

    Milijas goes for goal from the set-piece, and gets the ball up and over the wall. His strike is straight at Sullivan though, who watches it all the way into his arms.

  48. 50

    Free-kick to Wolves in a dangerous position right on the edge of the box. What can they make of this?

  49. 49

    Nice football again from Rovers as they play out from the back in neat triangles. They then win a free-kick as Jones' frustration boils over.

  50. 48

    Milijas with an overhead kick in the middle of the park. Not really needed as there was no-one near him, but it looks good. Chambers unable to hook over a cross as Rovers attack down their right once more.

  51. 47

    Chambers bombs down the right, offering an overlap. He puts the ball in low, slightly behind the onrushing Sharp.

  52. 46

    Ambitious effort from Coppinger right at the start of the second half. He takes a touch to set himself before sending a 25-yard volley dipping past the post.

  53. Doncaster get us up and running once more.

  54. The players are back with us and we are ready go again.

  55. Looking at the scores from elsewhere, Wolves are the only Premier League side losing at the interval. That goes to show just how impressive Doncaster have been so far.

  56. Remember you can also bet in-play at Doncaster are now 4/9 to book their place in round four, with Wolves 7/1 and it 5/2 for this game to go to a replay.

  57. How do you see the second half going? Can Doncaster hold on or will Wolves come back into this? Let me know your thoughts at

  58. Doncaster 2 Wolves 1. Rovers make it to the interval with their lead intact. Crazy end to the half, with all three goals coming in the space of six frantic minutes. The hosts have the advantage, though, and will fancy their chances of seeing this out and claiming a memorable scalp.

  59. 45+1

    Doncaster have shut up shop for now. The last thing they want to do is allow Wolves back into this right on half-time.

  60. One minute of stoppage time to be played.

  61. 45

    This is remarkable. Even after falling behind Doncaster were straight back on the front foot. Wolves look all at sea at the moment.

  62. 44

    GOAL DONCASTER - HAYTER. What a turnaround for the hosts. Wolves fail to clear their lines and the ball is thrown back into the mixer by Rovers. Hayter has just enough space in which to hook a volley past Hahnemann from the middle of the box.

  63. 43

    All going wrong for Wolves. Berra tries to roll a square pass to Doherty, but gets it all wrong and fires the ball straight out of play.

  64. 42

    This is quite a game! Doncaster certainly deserve to be at least level and can now look to push on after the break.

  65. 41

    GOAL DONCASTER - SHARP. Doncaster restore parity inside three minutes. Sharp collects the ball on the edge of the box. He needs no second invitation to shoot and turns and drills low into the bottom corner.

  66. 40

    Rovers pass up another chance to shoot, with Wilson the culprit on this occasion. Wolves counter at pace and Hunt curls a dipping effort into the grateful arms of Sullivan. End-to-end stuff.

  67. 39

    Doncaster go in search of an immediate reply. Hird finds a yard of space on the right of the box, but takes his eye off the ball and can only watch helplessly as it slips under his foot.

  68. 38

    GOAL WOLVES - MILIJAS. What a goal from Wolves. Milijas picks up a loose ball 30 yards from goal. There doesn't appear to be much on for him, but he lashes the ball into the top corner past a helpless Sullivan.

  69. 37

    Mills picks up the ball 34 yards from goal and drives forwards. Once he reaches the edge of the box he lets rip. His low drive takes a deflection, which takes the sting out of it and Hahnemann saves comfortably.

  70. 36

    Sharp gambles on Berra missing a header, but the Wolves man stands firm. The Rovers striker is one of those that plays on the last line, always hoping for a sniff.

  71. 35

    Mills robbed of possession in midfield on this occasion. In his efforts to make amends he fouls Milijas. Not happening for Wolves, though, as they rather waste the set-piece.

  72. 34

    Misplaced pass from Wilson almost sets Wolves away. Jones picks up the loose ball, but has no options ahead of him and is forced to spin and play backwards.

  73. 33

    Patient approach still favoured by Doncaster. Milijas then clatters into the back of Coppinger and sees yellow.

  74. 32

    Another penalty shout from the hosts as Sharp nods the ball against Doherty. Again the referee is unmoved. From the resulting corner Wolves are able to clear their lines and breathe a sigh of relief.

  75. 31

    Clever one-touch football has Hunt in space. He tries to slide a ball through to Fletcher, but fails.

  76. 30

    Sharp pulled up for a foul on Berra. He doesn't agree with the call and neither do the home support. The Rovers striker gets a talking to, but nothing more.

  77. 29

    Ward felled on halfway. Rather then throw the ball into the box, Wolves go backwards. For the time being they have swapped Hunt and Jarvis, with the latter now on the left.

  78. 28

    Jones comes on in place of Edwards.

  79. 27

    Big handball shout from the home support falls on deaf ears. Unsurprisingly, the officials come in for a bit of abuse. Wolves break, but Fletcher is blocked off by Chambers.

  80. 26

    Edwards is down and will require treatment. He hobbles over to the sidelines and sits on the bench. Doesn't look like he will be back.

  81. 25

    Nice passage of play involving Oster and Wilson as they work the ball around the Wolves midfield. One stray pass then puts paid to all their good work.

  82. 24

    Hayter is able to escape the attentions of Doherty. He rather scuffs his cross, though, and the ball fails to reach Sharp in the middle.

  83. 23

    Wolves think they have sprung Fletcher in behind Lockwood, but he is flagged offside. The Scot is then fortunate not to get booked after failing to retreat 10 yards.

  84. 22

    Coppinger picks up the ball 20 yards from goal. The crowd urges him to shoot, but he instead looks to dance his way into the box. He doesn't get far.

  85. 21

    Berra risese highest again to meet a cross from the left. He is falling as he heads goalwards, though, and sees the ball drop harmlessly wide.

  86. 20

    Jarvis causes problems again, but sees another cross cut out at the front post. Wolves win a free-kick in the heart of midfield, but Doherty's final delivery is poor and floats over the heads of those who had wandered forward.

  87. 19

    Hayter with an acrobatic attempt to get on the end of a fizzed cross from the right. He throws himself at the ball, but is unable to get his head to it.

  88. 18

    Dangerous cross from Jarvis, who is always going to try and cut inside on his left foot. O'Connor reads the situation well and is able to nod clear.

  89. 17

    Doncaster take the chance to slow things down and indulge in a bout of keep-ball. Mills then gets bored of that and hammers a long ball straight out of play for a Wolves goal kick.

  90. 16

    Jarvis gives chase down the Wolves right, but Lockwood watches him all the way and sees the ball safely out of play. Have been impressed by Rovers so far.

  91. 15

    Poor effort from Fletcher as he loops a tame drive wide of the goal. He had time and space in which to work Sullivan.

  92. 14

    Long, hopeful ball over the top for Sharp to chase. He beats the offside trap but the ball skips off the surface and is always running away from him. Hahnemann comes and gathers on the edge of his box.

  93. 13

    The hosts are dominating at the moment, with Wolves yet to find their feet. Rovers obviously feel that a Premier League scalp is there for the taking, and they have every right to think that.

  94. 12

    Sharp with a clever knock-down into the path of O'Connor, who has raced forward. The door is slammed in his face. Rovers remain on the offensive though and when a low cross finds Sharp he fires home. Unfortunately for him, the flag has gone up so we remain all square.

  95. 11

    Wolves break straight down the other end and win a corner of their own. Hunt hangs the delivery up to the far post, where Berra is pulled up for climbing all over his man.

  96. 10

    Rovers play the corner short and catch Wolves cold. Once the ball is prodded towards the edge of the box, Chambers sends a dipping volley narrowly over the bar.

  97. 9

    Oster sprays the ball wide for Coppinger. He is quickly outnumbered. A long throw has Wolves backtracking for a moment, before Berra nods behind.

  98. 8

    Good interplay between Wilson and Coppinger. The latter forces a corner after darting into the box. The set-piece is easily dealt with.

  99. 7

    Sullivan called into action again as he tips a stinging effort Milijas around the post. The resulting corner bobbles around in the area until Chambers pumps clear.

  100. 6

    Sullivan has to be alert as a back-pass in his direction threatens to fall short. The veteran keeper gets to the ball just in time.

  101. 5

    Nice from O'Connor as he skips past Fletcher. Doncaster are looking to play their way out from the back. A floated cross to the back post, hit from halfway, is too high for Hayter.

  102. 4

    Ward rises inside the box for Wolves but is unable to grow enough to meet a cross which took a wicked deflection up in the air.

  103. 3

    Doncaster's turn to go close. Hayter is freed in acres of space down the left and wastes no time getting in a cross. Oster arrives at the back post, but drills across the face of goal and wide.

  104. 2

    Hayter unable to beat Stearman in the air. Throw to Rovers in a decent position. Platform on which to build.

  105. 1

    So close to an opener inside 60 seconds. Elokodi nods down the line for Fletcher. He drills over a low cross which Jarvis volleys inches wide. Some of the away support thought it was in!

  106. Wolves, after a lengthy pre-match huddle, get us underway.

  107. Here come the players. We are almost ready for the off now. I still get the feeling that Doncaster could do something today. Wolves, though, have named a stronger side than many expected, so they are obviously taking things seriously.

  108. Wolves have brought a decent following with them. Plenty of empty seats around the ground, as you might expect, but there is a healthy crowd in attendance. Here's hoping that they and we are treated to a lively contest.

  109. I have dragged myself out of the warm press room in time for kick-off and am now in the stands. The option is there at the Keepmoat to watch the action unfold from behind glass, but I am going to man up, brave the cold and take in a bit of atmosphere.

  110. A last-gasp equaliser from Cesc Fabregas has dragged Arsenal out of a hole against Leeds, while Millwall are getting well beaten by Birmingham. No shocks so far, but will we get one here?

  111. All the players out on the pitch and going through their pre-match rituals. Sun is shining but there is a chill in the air. Pitch looks perfect, unlike some FA Cup surfaces from down the years!

  112. Wolves team: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Edwards, Stearman, Fletcher, Ward, Hunt, Berra, Jarvis, Milijas, Doherty. Subs: Hennessey, Jones, Muganji-Bia, Doyle, Davis, Winwall, Batth.

  113. Doncaster team: Sullivan, Chambers, Mills, O'Connor, Hird, Wilson, Oster, Lockwood, Coppinger, Sharp, Hayter. Subs: Martin Woods, Brooker, Friend, Webster, Gary Woods, Fairhurst.

  114. You can also bet in-play throughout the game at Doncaster start as 17/10 outsiders, with Wolves 6/4 and the draw 12/5. You can get Billy Sharp at 11/2 to open the scoring, or Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at the same price.

  115. Can Doncaster spring a surprise or will Wolves book their place in round four? Who are the men who could settle this tie today? Let me know your thoughts.

  116. How do you see the game going? You can air your opinion by contacting me direct at

  117. Mick McCarthy's did of course see off Chelsea last time out, though, so confidence shouldn't be a problem for the visitors.

  118. Possible upset on the cards here today, with Rovers in decent form in the Championship and Wolves struggling towards the foot of the Premier League.

  119. Welcome to the Keepmoat Stadium for our coverage of today's FA Cup third round clash between Doncaster and Wolves.


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