Derby blues for Rovers

Crowded out: Rovers goalscorer James Hayter attempts to escape the attentions of two Leeds United defenders last night.  Picture: Steve Taylor
Crowded out: Rovers goalscorer James Hayter attempts to escape the attentions of two Leeds United defenders last night. Picture: Steve Taylor
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Doncaster Rovers were left mourning the chance that got away as Leeds United came from behind to dump them out of the Carling Cup.

James Hayter, whose goal separated the two sides in the 2007-08 League One Play-Off final at Wembley, gave Rovers an early lead in his first game back after a four-match lay-off. Man-of-the-match Kyle Bennett hit the post before Ramon Nunez scored the first of his two goals.

“If that had have gone in it would probably have been game and match,” admitted Leeds No 2 Glynn Snodin. “Rovers came flying out of the traps and we couldn’t live with them in the first 25 minutes. We had to revert to Plan B and fortunately it paid off for us. But credit to Rovers they played very well. Bennett was a threat all night. As well as hitting the post twice Bennett went close on two other occasions.

“I could have had four,” Bennett said. “I thought I’d scored with the first one when it was 1-0 and I started to celebrate.”

Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly said: “We were first class in the first 25 minutes. The worry was we didn’t adapt when they changed their tactics. But I thought that we picked our game up again in the second half.”