The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Oldham Athletic in FA Cup fourth round

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FA Cup: Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Oldham Athletic highlights

Doncaster Rovers reached the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in 63 years as they beat League Two Oldham.

Ben Whiteman got the opener with a 25-yard shot on 68 minutes which deflected in to deceive keeper Daniel Iversen.

Oldham then levelled on 84 minutes when Gevaro Nepomuceno's free-kick looped up awkwardly and Peter Clarke scrambled in the rebound from four yards.

But Whiteman won it with a 90th-minute penalty, given for handball on the say-so of the referee's assistants.

Latics captain Clarke was then sent off in the third minute of injury time, a straight red card for violent conduct after a coming-together with home keeper Marko Marosi.

That was an ignominious end to the afternoon for Clarke, who had distinguished himself in the first half with an amazing scrambled goal-line clearance, after Rovers striker John Marquis had rounded the keeper, following which he required extended treatment.

But Leicester City loan man Iversen was the chief obstacle for Rovers, with several fine saves, notably his reflex effort to keep out James Coppinger's volley before going full stretch to deny Kieran Sadlier, on his debut, with a one-hand tip round the post.

After Whiteman put Rovers ahead for the first time, with a shot which ricocheted in off Clarke's head, 1990 FA Cup semi-finalists Oldham were close to a quick response when Chris Missilou hit the post and Callum Lang could only find the side netting with the rebound.

But, although the Latics then did level, the hosts had the final word. After Oldham had appeared to have got away with an effort against the bar, referee Peter Bankes pointed to the spot after consulting with both his linesman and the fourth official.

And Whiteman sent Iversen the wrong way to put the Yorkshire League One side through to the last 16 for the first time since 1956.

Oldham caretaker boss Peter Wild, who guided the Latics to their 2-1 third-round win at Premier League side Fulham, insisted after the game that he knew nothing about continued speculation linking former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes with the position.

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann:

"It's a credit to the boys. It's nice to be on the end of a late goal to win the game instead of a late goal costing us. We showed tremendous character to do that.

"It means everything. For the football club, financially, it changes our lives a little bit. If we can be the lowest league team left in the tournament there's an extra incentive.

"The boys have delivered. They were outstanding. We controlled the game for large parts but in an FA Cup tie you're always suspect to a side coming strong for 10-15 minutes which Oldham did.

"The fourth official and the linesman were adamant it was a penalty. And all of my staff and players were adamant it was a penalty."

Oldham interim boss Peter Wild told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I've seen it back now. It's not a pen. As clear as day, it's not a pen. But that's the weird and wonderful world of officials. Let's just leave it there.

"And their keeper has got Peter Clarke sent off by rolling around with his antics, which, at this level, is poor.

"They've had a lot of chances. They're always going to score one of them and they did. We stayed resilient, got a goal of our own and then it could go either way,

"But it's disappointing that a controversial decision has won the game. We've enjoyed this competition and had some good days out but I'm sure we all want some good days out in the league now."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 2MasonBooked at 66mins
  • 31Downing
  • 12Anderson
  • 3Andrew
  • 15Kane
  • 8Whiteman
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBlairat 63'minutes
  • 19MaySubstituted forWrightat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 22SadlierSubstituted forWilksat 63'minutesBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 7Wilks
  • 10Rowe
  • 11Crawford
  • 17Blair
  • 33Jones
  • 44Lewis

Oldham

  • 1Iversen
  • 34Hamer
  • 4EdmundsonBooked at 86mins
  • 26ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 27Nepomuceno
  • 22BrangerBooked at 89mins
  • 17Missilou
  • 42Sylla
  • 19Lang
  • 8BaxterBooked at 73minsSubstituted forVeraat 76'minutes
  • 10O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 2Dummigan
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Vera
  • 13de la Paz
  • 14Benteke
  • 23Hunt
  • 46Robinson
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
11,260

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Oldham Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Oldham Athletic 1.

Dismissal

Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Joe Wright replaces Alfie May.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Christopher Missilou (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Oldham Athletic 1. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Iversen.

Attempt saved. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 1. Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris O'Grady following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

Callum Lang (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Callum Lang (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Oldham Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gevaro Nepomuceno (Oldham Athletic).

Attempt missed. Callum Lang (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Christopher Missilou (Oldham Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Urko Vera replaces Jose Baxter.

Attempt blocked. Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Gevaro Nepomuceno.

Booking

Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

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

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Herbie Kane.

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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