DONCASTER Rovers must concentrate on their league campaign after bowing out of the FA Cup in last night’s painful third round replay at Wolves.
Although Rovers never really looked likely to record their first ever win at Molineux, they were only a goal adrift until just before the hour mark and still in the game. But once the home side had added to their lead there was only going to be one winner.
Rovers were without on-loan left-back Joe Mills, ruled out with a knee injury, and new loan signing Matt Kilgallon, who was ineligible.
They were forced to make a late change when Martin Woods, set to make his first start in nearly three months, was replaced by Dean Shiels after the warm-up. Wolves, who have dropped back into the Premier’s bottom three, welcomed back skipper Karl Henry after a two-month lay-off and centre-back Jody Craddock, out since October.
Wolves were the first to threaten and it took a good tackle by skipper Adam Lockwood to deny striker Stephen Fletcher. Rovers record signing Billy Sharp had an even better chance at the other end, but he he failed to beat keeper Marcus Hahnemann at the near post in a one-on-one. Wolves opened the scoring on five minutes - Fletcher headed home from Stephen Hunt’s left-wing cross.
Striker James Hayter headed the ball on to the top of the net as Rovers next pushed forward.
Wolves continued to look dangerous and left-back Ronald Zubar wasn’t far off target with a 20 yarder. Rovers were enjoying their best spell of pressure so far, but were unable to get the better of the Wolves back four.
The lively Mujangi Bia missed a great chance to double Wolves lead on 34 minutes - firing over from close range.
Meanwhile, Coppinger’s claims for a penalty, after he had taken a tumble in the box, fell on deaf ears.
Kevin Doyle shot well wide of the far post with a 20 yarder.
Lockwood, who had looked solid at the back, cut out a dangerous-looking cross by Hunt at the expense of acorner from which Doyle headed over.
Wolves were the first to threaten after the interval but John Oster was there to frustrate Doyle.
But it was Rovers who had the better of the first five minutes or so and forced a couple of corners.
Wolves opened up a 2-0 lead on the hour, however.
Doyle crossed from the left and Mujangi Bia’s angled shot from past the far post took a deflection on its way to the back of the net.
O’Connor appeared to be nudged by a defender before falling in the box after latching on to Sharp’s ball, but once again the referee wasn’t interested.
What could have been 2-1 became 3-0 shortly after as Doyle beat keeper Neil Sullivan at the near post with a low angled shot on 66 minutes.
Substitute Matt Jarvis made it 4-0 within five minutes of coming off the bench, beating Sullivan from close range on 74 minutes.
David Jones had a chance to add to Rovers’ woes in stoppage time, but Sullivan came to their rescue.
The midfielder was not to be denied, however, and he hammered the final nail in Rovers’ coffin after poking the ball home from the last corner of the game.
The final scoreline was perhaps harsh, but on the night Rovers were given a lesson in finishing.