LEAGUE CUP REPORT: Hull City (H)

Doncaster Rovers are in the third round of the Capital One Cup following a thrilling game at home to Championship side, Hull City.

Rovers edged past York in the opening round, beating them 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Hull were victorious against Rotherham in their first round tie, again on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Match Action – First Half

The game could not have started any better, from a Hull City point of view. Little more than 30 seconds were on the clock when Tom Cairney found AARON MCLEAN who scored a neat goal in front of the South Stand.

The visitors continued to dominate the game, holding the ball confidently and not allowing Doncaster Rovers to do anything with the little possession they had.

It was only a matter of time before Hull had doubled their lead and did so in the 10th minute. James Harper fouled Jay Simpson on the edge of the area, awarding the visitors with a free kick. Tom Cairney struck the ball well but his shot rattled the bar before falling to SIMPSON who slotted home from close range.

Doncaster Rovers’ performance was extremely poor in the opening stages and many fans would be forgiven for thinking our cup run was over.

The game began to level out after the second goal, although Hull were still in the ascendency. It was, however, Rovers who scored next.

The ball was chipped forward to James Coppinger who headed it across to DAVID SYERS around thirty yards from goal. Syers struck the ball with his first touch, looping into the right of the goal giving Ben Amos in the Hull net no chance of a save.

At the break

ROVERS 1-2 HULL

Match Action – Second Half

Rovers looked like a different side when they ran out for the second half, winning a corner within the first minute.

In the 55th minute, James Coppinger’s corner was headed away by Abdoulaye Faye. His clearance fell again for Coppinger who swung the ball in for a second time. ROB JONES timed his header to perfection, sending the ball into the far of the net before reeling away to celebrate his first Doncaster Rovers goal.

Rovers were clearly fired up following the equaliser and went on the attack straight from the kick off, winning a corner. Nothing came of the attack but the hosts looked like a completely different side to that that opened the game.

Chances came and went for both sides in the next period but neither could snatch the lead.

After 79 minutes, Hull substitute Paul McKenna saw fit to square up to Rob Jones over a clip on the midfielder. The referee awarded McKenna with a straight red card for violent conduct. Jones was also shown a yellow for his part in the furore.

Rovers were the side on top following the sending off, with shots coming from Cotterill and Syers as well as brilliant work from James Coppinger on the wing.

The game looked set for extra time until, in the 92nd minute, James Coppinger sent the ball across the box where DAVID SYERS tapped past Amos for a well earned victory.

Hull hit the side netting from a free kick in the closing seconds but could not produce a reply to Syers’ injury time goal.

How it finished

ROVERS 3-2 HULL

vikingsbloggen MOTM – James Husband/David Syers. Referee – Steve Rushton.

Attendance – 4, 703. Match Rating – 8/10. Atmosphere Rating – 8/10.

How they lined up

Rovers

Woods

Quinn JONES McCombe Spurr

Coppinger Harper Keegan Husband

SYERS Blake

And on the bench… Sullivan, Paynter (Blake – 68), Cotterill (Quinn – 60), Meade, Middleton, Mullen, Binns.

Hull City

Amos

Dudgeon Faye Chester Dawson

Evans Olofinjana Cairney Stewart

SIMPSON MCLEAN

And on the bench… Oxley, McKenna (Cairney – 37), Cooper, Devitt, Aluko (Mclean – 74), Bruce (Faye – 87), Proschwitz.

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