STOKE A FRIGHT
Walters’ stunner ends Fergie hopes
before squaring for Tyson who, at the second attempt, fired the ball home.
In an end-to-end encounter, Mame Biram Diouf then came close with a half-volley on the turn but Thorsten Stuckmann did well to get down and hold on. Conor Grant came within inches of firing the hosts into the lead on 50 minutes, but his low effort shaved the outside of the post.
The Potters finally tightened their grip and, after Crouch somehow missed an open goal from twoyards out, Walters fired them into the lead again on 56 minutes.
The Republic of Ireland international picked up possession on the edge of the box before he superbly rifled the ball into the top corner.
As Rovers pressed thereafter, so Stoke became more dangerous on the counter-attack. Diouf got up well to win a driven Charlie Adam corner but the striker’s header was well saved by Stuckmann.
With the clock ticking down, Andy Butler clipped the bar with a header before Tyson spurned a chance to force a replay. After getting on to a knock-down on the edge of the six-yard box, the forward could only turn his snap shot over the bar.
If that wasn’t enough heartbreak for the vocal home faithful - then what came next certainly was.With seconds left of injury time, Butler again stole in at the back-post and looked certain to score. But the centre-back’s brave header flew inches over the bar.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: “We rode our luck a bit and on another day Doncaster may have been in the next round.
“All in all it was a pleasing day because it was a good cup tie and we are thankful to be in the hat for the next round.We gave a few of our players a rest because it has been a busy period and we were ok – we managed to get the job done.
“It took two quality goals to take the tie away from them. I think Doncaster come out of this with a lot of credit but Walters’ goal was good enough to win any tie.”
THREAT: Doncaster’s Andy Butler fires in a shot
STAR MAN PAUL KEEGAN Doncaster