The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND -

DON­CASTER Rovers can be more than proud of this per­for­mance.

Al­most 14,000 peo­ple crammed into the Keep­moat Sta­dium and the hosts rose to the oc­ca­sion. For the vast ma­jor­ity of the game they de­fended bravely at the back and cre­ated enough chances to let Stoke know they had been in a bat­tle. In truth, they should have at least se­cured a re­play. Be­fore this, Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s side had lost only once in seven and are po­si­tioned nicely just out­side the play-off spots in League One.

On this ev­i­dence, they have the dis­ci­pline at the back and the po­tency in at­tack to mount a wor­thy pro­mo­tion chal­lenge.

As for Stoke, it was a case of job done. Other than Wal­ters’ won­der goal, it wasn’t pretty. But they will fancy them­selves for an­other long Cup run.

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