Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp says the Eagles are “in a correct set up of residing to rep to Wembley” after his goal helped his team overcome League One facet Doncaster Rovers to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Schlupp scored in the eighth minute and Max Meyer headed in a 2d factual sooner than half-time as Palace gained 2-0 at Keepmoat Stadium.
The final eight will characteristic handiest two of the tip six teams in the Premier League – Manchester Metropolis and both Chelsea or Manchester United, who play every diversified in the final fifth-spherical tie on Monday.
Alongside with Palace, the diversified Premier League sides left in the competition are Wolves, Watford and Brighton, with Swansea and Millwall – each and each in the bottom half of the Championship – also restful in the cup.
“Or no longer it is a huge tournament but when we rep a lesser team, so as to focus on, we now possess got a huge likelihood,” Schlupp informed the BBC.
“It modified into as soon as refined, we would considered their kind and we knew it modified into as soon as going to be refined. Nonetheless we’re gratified to possess gained, and we scored two correct targets.
“We knew if we got previous this we would be in a correct set up of residing to rep to Wembley.”
There are 36 league areas between Palace and Doncaster and the Eagles took an early lead when Schlupp shot low into the win after a fine person toddle.
Meyer then nodded in from Andros Townsend’s headed disagreeable to double the guests’ lead in first-half injure time.
Doncaster, who had been aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the foremost time of their historical previous, had a bigger 2d half but Ben Whiteman’s shot modified into as soon as saved by Wayne Hennessey, Alfie Would perchance well headed over from stop vary and James Coppinger’s effort modified into as soon as deflected large.
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Doncaster’s toddle comes to an halt
The Eagles possess never gained the FA Cup, losing twice in finals to Manchester United in 1990 and 2016, but this modified into as soon as also handiest the 2d time in 23 years they’d reached the final eight.
The quarter-final design may be made after the Chelsea v Manchester United match and the final-eight ties may be completed from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize cash.
Roy Hodgson named a solid Palace facet at Keepmoat Stadium and handed a first originate to Michy Batshuayi since his mortgage dash from Chelsea at the halt of the January switch window.
Their first goal came after Luka Milivojevic gained possession and released Schlupp, who modified into as soon as in a space to toddle into the sphere and shoot previous Marko Marosi.
Milivojevic modified into as soon as also alive to with the assemble-as much as the 2d as his lustrous ball over the tip of the Doncaster defence released Townsend, whose header found Meyer with the German scoring handiest his 2d goal for the membership.
Doncaster, sixth in League One, had beaten Chorley, Charlton, Preston and Oldham to reach this stage but, no topic a intellectual spell in the muse of the 2d half, may no longer produce adequate to progress from now on.
Man of the match – Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)
Townsend impresses again – the stats
- Crystal Palace possess gained away at Doncaster for the foremost time since August 1960, ending a six-sport winless toddle in all competitions (drawn two, misplaced four).
- The Eagles possess reached the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup for the 2d time in the final four seasons – as many as of their previous 33 campaigns.
- Doncaster possess no longer beaten top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since January 1985 (1-0 vs QPR), drawing two and losing six since.
- Palace possess scored of their final nine video games in all competitions, their longest toddle since netting in 10 successive video games in March 2016.
- No Crystal Palace player has supplied extra targets (seven) or assists (four) than Andros Townsend in all competitions this season.
- Jeffrey Schlupp has scored five targets in all competitions for Crystal Palace this season, his most in a single marketing campaign since 2011-12 (six for Leicester).
‘We seen the variation’ – what they mentioned
Doncaster supervisor Grant McCann mentioned: “We completed the game in actuality successfully, it modified into as soon as a correct sport but we seen the variation with a Premier League team. I believed between the packing containers we had been correct, but in the final third we didn’t rep adequate footage away.
“We matched them for large sessions, but even as you give gamers of that commonplace these probabilities this may perchance well also be exhausting. The goal sooner than the ruin took the wind out of our sails reasonably.
“We pick to rep about teams, that’s how we technique it, but we weren’t going to dash away the relaxation in the altering room and we gave it a dash nowadays.”
Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson mentioned: “Or no longer it is correct that we’re there [in the quarter-finals], I’m very contented with that.
“Right now time we owe an improbable debt to our fans, I don’t somewhat know how they got there with the considerations with the trains, and I believed we had been taking part in at home for large sessions of the game.
“Or no longer it is hard to quieten a crowd like Doncaster’s in a sport like this. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and we hope we can reward them by winning our quarter-final and hopefully getting a home tie.”