Match Verdict: Doncaster Rovers 1 Ipswich Town 4 (AET)

Andy Williams battles with Ipswich's Myles Kenlock
Andy Williams battles with Ipswich's Myles Kenlock

Doncaster Rovers bowed out of the Capital One Cup despite a brave showing against Championship pacesetters Ipswich Town.

Andy Williams’ superb header had put Rovers in front but Brett Pitman pounced in the second half to take the tie into extra-time.

With Rob Jones and Luke McCullough having added their names to a growing injury list, a makeshift defence failed to stem the waves of Town attacks and extra-time goals from David McGoldrick, James Alabi and Ryan Fraser sent the Tractor Boys through to round three.

Skipper Jones had replaced Gary MacKenzie in the heart of the defence, while Curtis Main returned to partner Williams in a 4-4-2, at the expense of Harry Middleton.

With Saturday’s defensive horror show still fresh in the mind there were one or two jitters at the back early on. Thorsten Stuckmann had to parry an effort from Josh Yerworth after a corner landed kindly at the feet of the young defender, before the German got down low to save from David McGoldrick who had outpaced Jones.

Pitman broke the offside trap but fired wide as Town continued to look the more likely.

Paul Dickov was forced into an early change when McCullough limped off, handing Mitchell Lund an opportunity.

Rovers broke the deadlock with their first goal from open play this season mid-way through the first half. It was worth the wait as Cedric Evina’sball in from the left was expertly headed in by Williams.

Rovers started knocking the ball about crisply and an incisive move carved Town open but a last-ditch block denied James Coppinger.

Rovers survived another scare when Pitman broke clear but his lob came back off the bar and McGoldrick blazed over.

Rovers re-emerged without Jones, forcing them into a defensive re-shuffle that saw Aaron Taylor-Sinclair move to centre back, but the hosts continued to attack.

The hard-working Curtis Main played in Williams but his shot lacked conviction, before the lively Billy Whitehouse saw a powerful effort palmed away by Dean Gerken.

But Ipswich levelled against the run of play when a quick break ended with Pitman beating a watchful Rovers defence to the loose ball and sweeping it home.

The goal lifted the visitors but Rovers continued to probe and the excellent Williams continued to pose problems. However, McGoldrick was doing just the same at the other end.

He went close on several occasions as Town ended normal time on top, and Rovers had to be thankful to the ever-impressive Stuckmann for two excellent late saves.

McGoldrick finally did what he had been threatening on 102 minutes when he got in front of his man to head home Toure’s right wing cross.Moments later Ipswich put the tie out of reach when McGoldrick was given too much space in the box and his shot was helped into the net by Alabi.

Ryan Fraser rubbed salt in Rovers’ wounds by drilling home a fourth - but the scoreline flattered Mick McCarthy’s men.

Rovers: Stuckmann, McCullough (Lund 19), Jones (Whitehouse 46), Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, Coppinger, Wellens, Chaplow (Middleton 100), Evina, Williams, Main. Subs not used: Marosi, Carberry, P McKay, Mandeville.

Ipswich: Gerken, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Yorwerth, Smith (Chambers 79), Coke, Tabb, McDonnell (Fraser 99), Toure, Pitman (Alabi 70), McGoldrick. Subs not used: Maitland-Niles, Sears, Benyu, Crowe.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland)