Blackburn Rovers 0 Doncaster Rovers 1 - player ratings

With only 32 per cent of the ball, Doncaster Rovers had to defend brilliantly to earn a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

GOAL: Taylor Richards

They did.

Darren Moore's side kept the ball out of the net heroically and counter-attacked rarely but with real punch to earn a 1-0 win over Championship opposition.

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Chief football writer Stuart Rayner assesses the performance player by player.

Ellery Balcombe – an outstanding double save, his only mistake came when showing too much confidence in his assuredness in possession 8

Joe Wright – coped well with Stewart Downing, who was substituted in the second half 7

Tom Anderson – header onto the bar was the highlight but his magnificent performance was so much more than just that 9

Andy Butler – involved in a late scuffle but a big part of a huge defensive performance 7

Cameron John – defended and got forward when he could 7

Brad Halliday – a good ball-winning performance in the middle of midfield 7

Reece James – hard to say what his best position is now, so versatile is he, he won the ball and passed it sensibly 7

Feijiri Okenabirhie – subbed after a quiet game on the right wing 6

Taylor Richards – scored the goal and involved in all his side's first-half attacks 7

Elliot Simoes – preparation was far from ideal but a subdued debut from the Barnsley loanee 5

Tyreece John-Jules – did not see much of the ball but linked well with Richards when he did 7.


Jason Lokilo (for Richards, 67) – with Doncaster backs to the wall, it was a hard game for an attacking player to come into 5

Danny Amos (for Okenabirhie, 80) – came on to provide his side with a seventh defender for the final stages 6

Not used: Jones, Williams, Coppinger, Blythe, Ravenhill.

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