The last time that Doncaster Rovers and Manchester City locked swords was a night that will live in Rovers folklore. Rovers recorded their first ever victory over top-flight opposition in the League Cup by overcoming Manchester City in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. After a goalless 90 minutes, a penalty for each side in extra time sent the tie to the penalty competition where Rovers were triumphant 3-0.
Rovers were unchanged from their home game against Scunthorpe, except for the cup-tied Jonathan Forte replaced by Lewis Guy. City forced the pace in the early stages of the game, with Jihai, Siblerskl, Hussein and Vassell having good chances denied by Andy Warrington. Rovers showed that they could give as good as they got as McIndoe’s low goal-bound shot was cleared by Ireland.
The second half saw few chances to either side, with mainly long-distance shots being the order of the day. The final minute of normal time almost saw City win the game, with Croft’s centre being smashed against the crossbar by Sun Jihai.
And so to extra time. Five minutes into the additional period, Dunne stumbled over Phil McGuire’s outstretched leg, and City had won a penalty. Vassell beat Warrington to put the Premiership side ahead.
But the drama hadn’t finished yet- Rovers received another setback as Warrington broke his leg in a challenge with Onuoha, with the City man being rather harshly being sent off. Danish keeper Jan Budtz came on, with little idea of how dramatic his Rovers debut was to be!
Just two minutes remained when Paul Heffernan was pushed in the penalty area, and Rovers were awarded a penalty, which Mclndoe coolly put past David James to make it 1-1 at the end of extra time.
The penalty shoot-out. Mclndoe started off the proceedings by putting Rovers 1-0 up. Vassell then blasted the ball against the bar, and James Coppinger scored Rovers’ second – followed by Budtz blocking Sibierski’s spot kick. Heffernan took Rovers’ third to put Rovers 3-0 up, and when Dunne’s effort was superbly tipped onto the post by Budtz, Belle Vue erupted in celebration.
A wonderful week for Rovers – Scunthorpe defeated, the contracts for the new stadium agreed and victory over a top-class Manchester City side Adapted from an article In Doncaster away programme 14th July 2008