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Hunt penalty rescues Wolves

DONCASTER 2 WOLVES 2

Harry Polkey

Published 09/01/2011 | 05:00

Doncaster Rovers have achieved much to be proud of in the seven years since they were playing non-league football, but this was a day that will rank among their most satisfying.

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Sean O'Driscoll's side matched their Premier League opponents in a dramatic match, particularly in the first half, during which they came from a goal down to take the lead.

Wolves reasserted themselves in the second period, levelling through a Stephen Hunt penalty before George Elokobi's red card left them hanging on.

"It was a harsh decision, George genuinely went to try and head the ball, and the decision was influenced by some Doncaster players and the reaction of the crowd," said the Wolves boss Mick McCarthy.

Otherwise he acknowledged it had been a genuinely exciting cup tie, as did O'Driscoll.

It was an open game from the start, and it was a goal of real quality that put Wolves ahead, Nenad Milijas driving a 30-yard shot home. Almost immediately Billy Sharp turned his marker on the right of the penalty area and shot past Marcus Hahnemann, and two minutes later James Hayter seized on a flick-on and steered the ball inside the right-hand post to put Rovers ahead.

Wolves' determination at the start of the second half made it clear that McCarthy does not regard this competition as a distraction. The pressure to paid off when Sam Hird fouled Matt Jarvis resulting in a penalty converted by Hunt.

Wolves maintained their dominance, at least until Elokobi was dismissed, after which it was a case of holding on.

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