FA Cup: Doncaster Rovers will host Crystal Palace in fifth round

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DONCASTER ROVERS have been handed a plum home draw with Premier League side Crystal Palace in their first appearance in the fifth round of the FA Cup for 63 years.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough will secure a glamour home tie with Manchester City should they beat League Two outfit Newport County in a televised replay at Rodney Parade next Tuesday.

Boro knocked City out of the Cup in a major fourth-round upset as recently as January 2015.

Rovers have banked around £400,000 in prize money after reaching the fifth round for the first time since 1955-56 and will earn a further £360,000 if they progress to the quarter-finals, something they have never previously achieved in their history.

Manager Grant McCann’s side are also bidding to pocket a new £250,000 Progress Prize awarded to the EFL club from each division that goes the furthest in the competition, while the tie with Palace is likely to be a possible contender for televised coverage.

McCann said: “It is a good draw and a big chance for the boys, a real chance to have a good go and see what we can do. We have got absolutely nothing to lose – we will give it a good go.

“I have some good history with Palace myself. The year with Peterborough when we first went up to the Championship I scored the winner against them at London Road in August 2011. But then we also got relegated on the last day of the season with a record number of points after a 3-2 loss there a few years later. So I have had some good and bad days against Palace.”