Stevenage shock Doncaster

Stevenage gave their season a boost with a well-deserved 3-2 FA Cup third round victory over Sky Bet Championship side Doncaster.

Last Updated: 04/01/14 at 18:19 Post Comment

Peter Hartley: Scored Boro's second

Peter Hartley: Scored Boro's second

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

All the goals came in the second half following a lacklustre performance by both teams before the interval but, when Rovers continued to struggle in the second period, the Boro raised their game and finished worthy winners.

Francois Zoko fired the League One side in front following a mistake by Paul Quinn in the 49th minute and Peter Hartley headed home unchallenged following a 65th-minute corner.

Harry Forrester pulled one back in the 72nd minute with a spectacular 25-yard volley but Rovers were caught pushing too many players forward when Darius Charles added Stevenage's third in the last minute of normal time.

Teenage right-back Liam Wakefield hammered home a second for Doncaster deep into stoppage time but it came far too late to make a difference to the outcome.

Rovers were without midfielder Richie Wellens, who has yet to sign a new contract and has been linked with QPR, and his influential presence was sorely missed.

Mark Duffy landed the first shot on target in the 11th minute but visiting goalkeeper Chris Day reacted smartly to save.

Then Chris Brown failed to connect properly after latching on to a right-wing cross from Wakefield and his header sailed harmlessly wide.

Stevenage grew in confidence as Rovers failed to assert themselves and enjoyed a spell on top just before the interval.

Filipe Morais sent over a deep cross from the right which was only half cleared and Luke Freeman hit a shot on the turn which was saved at the near post.

Marcus Haber had a header deflected wide from a corner and then Freeman was out of luck again with a scorching 20-yarder which fizzed inches past the post.

Doncaster went from bad to worse in the second half and Stevenage cashed in when they snatched the lead in the 49th minute following a blunder by centre back Quinn.

The defender fumbled an attempted clearance and made a present of the ball to Zoko who took a few strides forward before slotting home in fine style.

Ross Turnbull came to the rescue to prevent Rovers going further behind when he did well to save a close-range effort from Freeman in the 56th minute.

Quinn partially redeemed himself five minutes later with a superb last-ditch tackle to prevent Zoko scoring again.

But there was no stopping Hartley when he headed home and after Forrester's scorcher, Charles put the issue beyond doubt from Zoko's right-wing cross.

Wakefield scored Rovers' second but Stevenage stayed resolute in defence and held on for the win.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
19:45
Worcester City 1-1 Scunthrpe  
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Chester 0-3 Barnsley Report
Luton 1-0 Bury Report
Mansfield 0-1 Cambridge Utd Report
Rochdale 4-1 Aldershot Report
Tranmere 2-1 Oxford Utd Report
Yeovil 2-0 Accrington Report
Sunday, 07 December 2014
16:30
Colchester 1-0 Peterboro Report
14:00
Aldershot 0-0 Rochdale Report
Barnsley 0-0 Chester Report

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Popovic would be free to leave current club for Crystal Palace job

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not stand in Tony Popovic's way if Crystal Palace approach him.

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Barclays Premier League: Newcastle 'disappointed' over Pardew link to Palace

Speculation continues to surround Alan Pardew who has been tipped to become the new boss of managerless Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property