FA Cup Statistics: Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 17th February 2019
- Venue – Keepmoat Stadium
- Attendance – 14,010
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Cards – Whiteman
- Goals – Schlupp (8), Meyer (45)
- STAR EAGLE – Jeffrey Schlupp (8.5)
A very professional performance in a cup tie that had banana skin written all over it but Roy Hodgson picked a team that he knew would do enough to see the Eagles into the quarter finals. It was far from easy as the League One side played well but the early goal set Palace on their way to what ended up a comfortable victory. It was far from perfect and we could pick holes in it but this was a fifth round cup tie away from home, it really does not matter how you do it. Palace are in the last eight of the competition with a real opportunity. A massive shout out to the travelling support who were once again the envy of social media and created a real presence at the Keepmoat.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.4) – Struggled with his distribution early on but was not helped by some poor passes back to him. Grew into the game as the hosts tried to put the pressure on.
2 JOEL WARD (7.0) – Looked a little rusty early on but got better as the game went on, gained confidence with the help of Townsend in front of him.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.3) – A little jitterly at times and slow on the turn but stood firm when tested, had a good understanding alongside Kelly.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.9) – Has become every reliable when called upon to start in the middle of the back line and continuing to prove that full back just was not his position.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.8) – Not tested defensively an awful lot in this one allowing him to push forward and join in the attack more often than not.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (8.5 GOAL!) – Another very accomplished performance and on the score sheet once again. Drove forward at every opportunity and became the link between the midfield and front line.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (8.4 – ASSIST!) – The captain was ready right from the off and meant business. Always involved in the heart of midfield, linking up well with Schlupp and Meyer throughout.
14 JORDAN AYEW (7.4) – Worked well out wide but often struggled with the final ball, taking it on himself rather than laying the ball off. Still played his part in a more wide position. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.3) on 60 minutes who immediately gave the midfield something different and got involved quickly. Helped shut off the midfield and made it more difficult for the hosts to get through.
7 MAX MEYER (8.2 – GOAL!) – The start for the German that fans craved since the last round and he did not disappoint with a fluid and indluential display. Got on the scoresheet with a nice header at the far post after being involved in the build up play. Comfortable on the ball and strong in the tackle.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.6 – ASSIST!) – Not one of his better games but continued to be effective down the right, got a good assist for the crucial second goal. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.0) on 80 minutes to give the midfield smoe added energy to see out the game.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (7.2) – Starved of real service in his first start for the club and had to carve out his own opportunties, was quick with his feet but was unable to get a clear sight of goal. Best chance with a header cleared. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.3) on 75 minutes to provide some fresh legs up front, never found a chance on goal but gave the opposition defenders something different to think about.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 5 James Tomkins, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 35 Sam Woods
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “It’s good that we are in the quarter-finals, I’m very proud of that. Today we owe an amazing debt to our fans, I don’t quite know how they got there with the problems with the trains, and I thought we were playing at home for large periods of the game. It’s not easy to quieten a crowd like Doncaster’s in a game like this. We owe them a great debt of gratitude and we hope we can reward them by winning our quarter final and hopefully getting a home tie.”
GRANT MCCANN: “We played the game really well, it was a good game but we saw the difference with a Premier League team. I thought between the boxes we were good, but in the final third we didn’t get enough shots away. We matched them for large periods, but if you give players of that standard those chances it will be hard. The goal before the break took the wind out of our sails. We like to get about teams, that’s how we approach it, but we were not going to leave anything in the changing room and we gave it a go today.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Jeffrey Schlupp (8.5) while Herbie Kane (6) had the most shots. The players with the most tackles was Benjamin Whiteman (7) as Jordan Ayew (4) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.29 – 7.21
- Total shots: 18 – 12
- Shots on target: 5 – 4
- Possession: 47.6% – 52.4%
- Pass success: 77 – 76%
- Dribbles: 3 – 13
- Aerials won: 17 – 20
- Tackles: 22 – 12
- Corners: 10 – 7
- Dispossessed: 8 – 10
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