Donny hold nerve to oust Rams
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Doncaster beat Derby 8-7 on penalties, after a 3-3 draw at Belle Vue.
Doncaster beat Derby 8-7 on penalties to progress to the Carling Cup third round following a 3-3 draw at Belle Vue.
After the sides' exemplary record from the spot was ended by Lewin Nyatanga's miss on Derby's eighth attempt, James O'Connor stepped up successfully to maintain the club's Carling Cup pedigree.
Sean O'Driscoll's side almost blew the opportunity for another cup run after letting slip a three-goal lead in the last 16 minutes of normal time, but will now hope to emulate last season's exploits which accounted for Manchester City and Aston Villa, and also took Arsenal the full distance.
Rovers came out of the traps much the quicker and found themselves a goal to the good after just six minutes - Jonathan Forte lashing home after hesitant defending.
Paul Heffernan shot wide on the quarter hour, while the visitors offered little, bar the occasional promptings of Giles Barnes.
The hosts doubled the lead just before the half hour - goalkeeper Lee Grant handled Mo Camara's backpass and Brian Stock slotted home the resultant indirect free kick from eight yards out.
Forte, a thorn in the side of Billy Davies's team all evening, continued to threaten and drew a save from Grant, while The Rams appeared toothless in attack, with Steve Howard's delay on a shot allowing a block.
Smarting from a poor first half performance, Derby began the second half with greater purpose, but found themselves three goals adrift in the 57th minute. Forte extending his side's lead - after Grant denied the striker when one-on-one, Forte got a second bite of the cherry and made no mistake.
With their hopes hanging by a thread, Derby strove to find a route back but Barnes, again feeding off a flick from Howard, could not hit the target from the edge of the area.
With Davies's side launching balls into the Donny area, the pressure eventually told in the 74th minute as Howard struck, via a deflection off Adam Lockwood.
The same route brought further reward as Darren Moore headed home in the 78th minute to set the home side's nerves tingling, and from another Howard flick on, Arturo Lupoli tucked home at the second attempt, despite strong suspicions of handball.
Having overcome tremendous odds, Derby proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot once more minutes into extra time, when Lupoli was dismissed for a second booking after a shirt pull.
With a man advantage, Donny exhibited greater attacking intent in the additional 30 minutes, but chances were few and far between as the match went to penalties.
|Doncaster Rovers||Team Statistics||Derby County|
|2||1st Half Goals||0|
|8||Shots on Target||4|
|2||Shots off Target||1|