Marshall enjoys moment but Donny prevail

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Dean Saunders was relieved to see his team avoid an FA Cup upset

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Dean Saunders was relieved to see his team avoid an FA Cup upset

Richard Marshall scored the goal of the game to ensure Doncaster could never take it easy in their 3-1 FA Cup win over minnows Bradford Park Avenue.

The 27-year-old midfielder curled home a superb shot from just outside the penalty area in the 56th minute to put the Conference North team back in the match after they had trailed 2-0 at half time to goals from Martin Woods and Iain Hume.

Substitute Chris Brown wrapped up the tie for Rovers when he headed home in the 76th minute but the non-league side went down battling.

Boss John Deacey said "I thought we tried to play the right way and I couldn't have asked for more from my players in terms of effort.

"Richard Marshall scored a great goal to put us back in the match and , to be fair, it wasn't a rarity for him because he's hit a few like that before. But to do it against a really good side like Doncaster in a FA Cup tie is something a bit special.

"I suppose it was disappointing we couldn't kick on from there and level the scores but, let's be fair, we were playing a very good league side. Doncaster were in the Championship last season and are doing well this year and it was always going to be a big ask .

"But I thought we did well in the second half and came out and played some good football and acquitted ourselves with a lot of credit."

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders said: "I'm just relieved to get through it with no injuries because it was always going to be a potential banana skin. I knew it would be a difficult game because we had little to gain and everything to lose playing a non league side.

"I thought they did very well but it relaxed us a bit when we went two goals up although they went and scored with a brilliant effort worthy of the Premier League which left us one mistake away from an upset and a replay".

He added "I was glad we finished it off with the third goal but I thought they performed well and I think they will have a good season. We had a couple of players injured and lacked a bit of width but we got the job done and we just need to keep improving."

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