King sends Forest through
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: October 26, 2004 9:35pm
Nottingham Forest are into the last 16 of the Carling Cup after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Doncaster at Belle Vue.
The Championship side were made to work hard in a tough midfield battle, but they produced two moments of quality finishing while their hosts failed to trouble Paul Gerrard.
In-form striker Marlon King set Joe Kinnear's side on their way with a well-taken goal, volleying in David Johnson's first-time cross on 33 minutes.
It was King's third goal in two games and his fourth since returning to the Forest side following his well-publicised falling-out with boss Kinnear.
Young defender James Perch killed off any hopes of a Doncaster revival when he met Kris Commons' corner with a precise side-foot in the 63rd minute.
That second goal knocked the stuffing out of Dave Penney's side, who had not been beaten at home since January.
Michael McIndoe's deflected late shot was their best effort at finding a consolation goal, but Gerrard was able to make a simple save low to his left.
Paul Green twice shot too high as Doncaster made a bright start, before John Doolan headed onto the roof of the net as they sought a way back into the game after the interval.