RoversFT: Doncaster Rovers 1 Leeds United 3

Rob Jones heads clear from Matt Smith
Rob Jones heads clear from Matt Smith

Rovers went into their Capital One Cup second round tie against Leeds in bullish mood.

Pre-match James Coppinger fired off a warning to Leeds.

He said: “We’ve got a massive belief among all the players at present.”

Paul Dickov made one change - an enforced one. Dean Furman replaced the suspended Paul Keegan in midfield. There was a place on the bench for Harry Forrester.

Rovers: Turnbull; Wabara, Husband, Jones, Khumalo; Coppinger, Furman, Wellens, Cotterill; Robinson, Brown. Subs: Maxted, Quinn, Syers, Duffy, Paynter, McCullough, Forrester.

Leeds: Kenny; Peltier, Drury, Pearce, Wootton; Tonge, Austin, Mowatt; McCormack, Smith, Poleon. Subs: Ashdown, Murphy, Hunt, White, Brown, Diouf, Hall.

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Doncaster began the brighter. Some lovely link play between Brown and Wellens eventually saw the latter’s shot cleared off the line by Wootton.

Moments later Brown fired an effort over the bar from close range.

Leeds gradually grew into the contest. Former Rovers loanee McCormack blasted an effort over the bar from 25 yards and then should’ve done a lot better from 12 yards when he latched onto a weak punch from Turnbull, only to again fire over.

Midway through the first half Pearce was extremely fortunate to see just yellow for a late off the ball tackle on Coppinger.

Coppinger nearly reacted in the best way possible - but his downward header from James Husband’s cross was saved by Kenny.

Coppinger was right in the thick of the action, this time tracking back to block McCormack’s dangerous 20-yard drive.

Leeds had enjoyed much the better of proceedings from the quarter hour mark, and grabbed the lead on 41. Smith headed a left wing cross back across the face of goal and Wootton was on hand at the far post to convert from two yards out.

Poleon then found space just outside the box but drove his effort just wide of the post.

Duffy came on for Coppinger at the start of the second half and took up a central role, with Rovers going like for like with Leeds’ midfield diamond formation.

McCormack forced Turnbull into a save with a stinging right foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

At the other end Cotterill cut inside from the left and curled an effort over. Leeds were looking like a tough nut to crack.

Poleon and Smith went close for Leeds before Dickov threw on former Leeds striker Paynter, for Robinson.

It took Paynter barely two minutes to make an impact, flicking home Cotterill’s perfect cross to set the cup tie alight.

Leeds re-took the lead on 76 minutes, Peltier’s cross from the right was headed home firmly by Smith.

And just seconds later Leeds doubled the deficit. Wabara was punished for a foul on Poleon in the box, and McCormack sent Turnbull the wrong way.