DONCASTER Rovers and Wolves will try again to resolve their FA Cup third round tie at Molineux next week after it finished honours even at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Wolves, whose away record in the Premier League is the worst in the division, will no doubt fancy their chances in the replay having shared the spoils on a ground where Rovers have lost just once in the Championship this season.
But they know that they will have to perform to see off Rovers if Sean O'Driscoll's side play as well as they did in Saturday's encounter in the first ever game in the competition between the two clubs.
With O'Driscoll hailing from Wolverhampton, he will certainly be looking for his charges to do him, and themselves, proud on what promises to be a emotional occasion for the Doncaster boss.
With Billy Sharp and fellow striker James Hayter in the form they are in at the moment, only a fool would write off Rovers' prospects.
Both men were on the mark in the first half which ended with Rovers leading 2-1.
But it was Wolves, who were close to being at full strength, who drew first blood.
Fresh from their midweek Premier League win over champions Chelsea, Wolves took the lead on 38 minutes with a superb 30-yard strike into the top left-hand corner by midfielder Nenad Milijas, which gave keeper Neil Sullivan no chance.
Wolves, who were defending an unbeaten record in the town, had almost scored in their first attack - striker Stephen Ward shooting just wide when well placed after being set up by Steven Fletcher.
Rovers gradually forced their way back into the game with John Oster and Mark Wilson both showing up well in midfield and centre-back Sam Hird went close with a shot.
The first goal came slightly against the run of play, but Wolves briefly looked capable off adding another as they pushed forward at pace.
Sharp levelled the scores on 41 minutes.
He latched on to through ball by Wilson and drilled it past keeper Marcus Hahnemann from just outside the box.
It was his 11th goal of the season and his fourth in the last three games.
"At the minute I feel as though I can score in every game, though even when I'm not in such a rich vein of form I still believe that," he said.
"But everything that I hit at the minute is going in, so I'm delighted."
Sharp, who had bagged a brace against home-town club Sheffield United five days earlier, says he gained no extra satisfaction from netting against a top-flight club.
"As I have said before, every goal is a goal whether it is against a League Two or a Premiership side. I'm not bothered as long as the ball goes in the net."
Reflecting on the game, Sharp said: "They were on top early on and then we got on top in the middle of the game and then they were pressing for the winner just before they had a man sent off, so maybe it was a fair result."
No sooner had the cheers following the equaliser died down Rovers added a second on 43 minutes.
Left-back Joseph Mills, who had been sweating about being allowed to play by parent club Southampton for most of the week, pumped the ball in from the left with Oster heading it down at the far post and Hayter taking advantage of Wolves' failure to clear the danger when firing it home.
Said Hayter: "We went behind and came back to lead at half-time and we've done that quite a few times this season.
"It was a great strike by Milijas from their point of view, but we responded well and went into the break 2-1 up.
"We were quite confident in the dressing room at half-time. We obviously knew that they'd come out and try and put us under pressure at the start of the second half.
"But I thought that we handled it quite well until a quick bit of play by them won them the penalty.
"We had a bit of pressure and put balls into the box after they'd gone down to ten men, but nothing really went our way.
"Probably neither side wanted a replay but that's the way it is and we are going into a run of games when we'll be playing Saturday Tuesday, Saturday Tuesday, for a while.
"Hopefully it won't affect our league form. If you can get that consistency sometimes you can get on a roll and that's what we'll be trying to do."
Wolves drew level on 58 minutes.
Hird was judged to have brought down Matt Jarvis just inside the box and Stephen Hunt made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.
Wolves looked the more likely winners at that stage with Ward (twice) and Jarvis going close and Rovers had to dig deep.
"They had a good spell in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure, but I felt that we dealt with a lot of it really well," said Wilson, who produced arguably his best performance of the season.
"I enjoyed it," he said.
The wind was taken out Wolves' sails on 77 minutes when they were reduced to ten men following a heavy collision between James Coppinger and Wolves defender George Elokobi whilst challenging for a header.
Whatever the rights or wrongs of the referee's decision, the dismissal served to change the complexion of the game. After being on the back foot, Rovers suddenly looked the more likely winners, though Hahnemann was never seriously troubled.
Like O'Driscoll, McCarthy - whose side face a battle against relegation - admitted he hadn't wanted a replay, but added: "I didn't want a defeat either."
IT was a cracking cup tie. We'd watched their last three games.
They lost against West Ham but should have won it, so we knew what to expect.
They were very organised; they've got some good players in there with the likes of Milijas and Hunt, and are very disciplined and do things really well.
They set off well in the first ten minutes but the only time I felt worried (in the first half) was when they shot just past the post.
The rest of the time I thought that we coped.
I thought that we shaded the first half.
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