The FA Cup - Third Round
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Preston North End 1-3 Doncaster Rovers in FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Preston North End 1-3 Doncaster Rovers highlights

John Marquis scored his 19th goal of the season as Doncaster produced an FA Cup upset at Championship side Preston.

League One's top scorer Marquis headed home Matty Blair's early cross to put Rovers ahead at Deepdale.

Andrew Hughes nodded injury-hit Preston level but Tom Anderson poked Doncaster back ahead from a free-kick.

Mallik Wilks' cool late finish sealed Rovers' progress as Grant McCann's side reached the fourth round for the first time since 2010.

Preston - hit by a glut of injuries, including to top scorer Callum Robinson, who is out for several months with a hamstring problem - have raided the two lower divisions in the early days of January.

But new signings Josh Ginnelly, Jayden Stockley and Brad Potts were all cup-tied for this match - and it was one of Doncaster's early pieces of business who proved decisive.

Rovers this week extended Wilks' loan from Championship leaders Leeds until the end of the season and he caused Preston no end of problems.

Wilks fired inches wide on three occasions after the early opener from Marquis, who also had a header cleared off the line by Graham Burke.

Doncaster, sixth in League One, have now won nine of their past 12 games, while Alex Neil's Preston are winless in five.

Preston, who hit the post just before the interval through Hughes' 25-yarder, had chances to go ahead after levelling but Rovers keeper Ian Lawlor denied Daniel Johnson and Darnell Fisher.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I think during my time here, off the top of my head there have been five or six games where I have felt it has been unacceptable in terms of performance, and that was one of them.

"What I will say is that's pretty much the same team who have churned out so many games recently, but I don't want to make excuses, I will take full responsibility for today's performance and result.

"We need to get back to trying to play as well as we can and picking up wins because we haven't been getting the results.

"Everyone knows that goals change games. The second goal was a disappointing one to concede, and the third goal is a comedy of errors really and that finishes the game."

Doncaster boss Grant McCann:

"I thought we were outstanding today. I'm particularly proud of the response after we conceded.

"We stayed mentally strong and re-established control. From that goal we were again the better team and the team who looked most likely to win.

"I told the players before the game to go and show that they can compete at this level and I think they've done that.

"It is a great feeling to be in the fourth round, it has been a long time since the club got so far. We are all excited to see who we will get drawn against."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 13Crowe
  • 2Fisher
  • 23Huntington
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 12GallagherBooked at 71mins
  • 18LedsonBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBarkerat 60'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 11Johnson
  • 19BurkeSubstituted forBrowneat 45'minutes
  • 45NmechaSubstituted forMaguireat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 5Clarke
  • 8Browne
  • 15Woods
  • 21Barker
  • 24Maguire

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 17Blair
  • 12Anderson
  • 6ButlerBooked at 2mins
  • 3AndrewBooked at 77mins
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forRoweat 85'minutes
  • 8Whiteman
  • 15Kane
  • 7WilksBooked at 33minsSubstituted forSadlierat 89'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 19MaySubstituted forCoppingerat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Rowe
  • 13Marosi
  • 22Sadlier
  • 26Coppinger
  • 35Horton
  • 38Greaves
  • 44Lewis
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
8,101

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Doncaster Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Doncaster Rovers 3.

Attempt missed. Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kieran Sadlier replaces Mallik Wilks.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Doncaster Rovers 3. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

Jordan Storey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tommy Rowe replaces Ali Crawford.

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Booking

Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Herbie Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces Lukas Nmecha.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Doncaster Rovers 2. Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Michael Crowe.

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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