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17 February 2019 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

The Palace Preview: Doncaster Rovers

17 February 2019

Today in a 16.00 kick-off, Crystal Palace will vie to progress to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup facing Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Eagles will be looking to build on wins against Grimsby Town and Tottenham Hotspur against the Rovers, who have reached the competition's fifth round this year for the first time since 1955-56.

The home side currently sit in League One but are playing in a solid run of form, having already dispatched four clubs from the cup while going unbeaten in their previous five fixtures, winning three and drawing two.

However, facing them will be a Palace side also playing in solid form, unbeaten in four matches with two wins and two draws.

And though the Eagles' history in the FA Cup has been a mixed bag of success, the south London side have reached its final twice before, once in 1990 and once in 2016.

Club News


16 February 2019

In other clashes, Brighton and Hove Albion beat Derby County, Millwall triumphed over AFC Wimbledon and Chelsea face Manchester United on Monday. Palace fans will want to keep an eye on all fixtures, however, to see which clubs they could face should they win this afternoon. 

One man who will threaten to prevent Palace from progressing is John Marquis, the Rovers' highest scorer. Marquis has bagged 21 goals this season and has netted seven from his past nine matches. He will be up against a stern test, though, with the Palace defence having conceded just two from their last four games.

In fact, the Eagles have kept the fifth highest number of clean sheets for any Premier League club this season.

Club News

All You Need to Know: Doncaster in the FA Cup

16 February 2019

This match will provide a good challenge, then, with Doncaster having scored the second highest number of goals in Division One so far.

In recent history, this fixture has been a low scoring one, with neither side having netted more than one goal in its last six occasions.

Team news

Full team news can be found here as Batshuayi starts for the Eagles for the very first time.

Tactical overview

Doncaster are an offensive side with several key strikers firing on all cylinders in recent matches. They tend to field three forward players with a narrow trio in midfield behind them to support the defence and feed the rampant frontline.

Your matchday stat and ref

Mike Dean will be in charge of this clash, having last overseen a Palace match when the Eagles lost to Bournemouth in October. He will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Harry Lennard with Lee Mason acting as fourth official.

The Eagles have only ever faced Doncaster 16 times in their history and never once in the FA Cup, last beating them back in November 2010.

Live coverage

This game will be shown live on BBC One from 15.40.

For fans in the USA, the match will be shown on ESPN+. And for fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV Listings now or see where the nearest Official Fan Club is to you.

For those who want to listen to full commentary of this game, Palace Audio will provide it for just £1.49. You can even buy a Season Pass now for only £10. Find out more here!

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Match Reports

Report: Palace Ease into FA Cup Quarter-Finals

Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace

17 February 2019

Crystal Palace eased past League One side Doncaster Rovers today to ensure their progression to the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

The knock-out tie was won with two goals at either end of the first half, with Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer combining to give the Eagles their deserved victory.

To start, playing under shade from the beating Yorkshire sun, the day's opening exchanges were as tepid as the weather until, as the match neared the end of its first 10 minutes, the Eagles' Schlupp emphatically sparked things into life.

Picking up the ball within his own half, the Palace midfielder drove with purpose towards the Rovers' backline and, looking up, fired across the box beyond the out-stretched arms of Marko Marosi to open the London side's account.

However, despite having grasped an early lead, Palace were adeptly kept on the back foot as the home team pressed high and with pace to earn themselves a succession of ultimately unsuccessful corners.

The Eagles attempted to lash back at Doncaster's spell of pressure when Jordan Ayew picked up the ball in their box, turned and did well to send a strike at goal. Shot-stopper Marosi, however, was in place to hold his venomous effort.

At the other end of the pitch, the Rovers refused to change their tactical approach and Alfie May launched a shot at the visitor's goal which sailed to safety over Wayne Hennessey's bar.

Later, following Meyer's deflected effort, Palace came close to scoring from a 27th-minute corner as Scott Dann put power behind a header only to see his attempt glance out of touch, contentiously stroking the arm of Danny Andrew as it did.

For the second time in five minutes, Palace were then frustrated to see nothing awarded by referee Mike Dean when a ball from a Palace defender, this time Patrick van Aanholt, struck the arm of a Doncaster defender, this time Paul Downing, in the Rovers' box.

Shortly after, though, Palace weren't to need refereeing decisions to double their advantage when, seconds before Dean blew his whistle to conclude the first-half's solitary added minute, the Eagles doubled their lead through Meyer, who, facing an unguarded half of goal, nodded home to extend his side's advantage from a looping Andros Townsend header across the box.

Opening the second half, it was Doncaster who were to threaten first when Benjamin Whiteman launched a shot at goal which, swerving, was beaten away by Hennessey before May headed just over from the following corner much to the relief of Palace's 3,000 travelling fans.

Building on their momentum, Doncaster again forced south Londoners' breath to be held when club veteran James Coppinger rifled a shot which deflected off Martin Kelly and just over Hennessey's bar. Ali Crawford, similarly, went for a heroic opener to the Rovers' account, however his strike was wildly high.

The squandered chances weren't to discontinue as a mass of bodies in the Palace box all looked on as on-loan Herbie Kane sent a header over the Eagles' woodwork, but it was Doncaster who were then in the ascendancy. 

Switching to a four-man midfield with the arrival of Cheikhou Kouyate, Palace looked to solidify and terminate Doncaster's bout of pressure and, with the vociferous support of Croydon's travelling faithful, the approach seemed to work.

Michy Batshuayi came tantalisingly close to adding a third to the afternoon's total when, running head-on into the box, his touch was too heavy and, almost one-on-one with Marosi, the Rovers 'keeper was able to smother the ball to safety.

Seconds later, Meyer deftly brought down a loose ball from Batshuayi's cleared header, however the drilled resulting effort was sent out of play.

With just over 10 minutes left to work his side's way back into the game, John Marquis angled an effort at Hennessey's near-post, but the 32-year-old shot-stopper was equal to it and stood firmly behind the ball.

Unable to pull off a late comeback and bereft following their nullified second-half surge, Doncaster were beaten at the final whistle and, at their expense, Crystal Palace pull themselves just one game away from Wembley.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Meyer, Schlupp, Townsend (McArthur 80), Ayew (Kouyate 60), Batshuayi (Benteke 75).

Subs not used: Guaita, Woods, Tomkins, Riedewald.

Doncaster: Marosi, Blair, Downing, Anderson, Andrew, Whiteman, Kane, Crawford (Rowe 64), May (Boocock 90), Marquis, Coppinger (Sadlier 64).

Subs not used: Jones, Wright, Butler, Lewis.

Post-match reaction is set to follow shortly. Return to to read it!

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Doncaster FA Cup Clash Now on Sale

5 February 2019

Tickets for Palace's trip to Doncaster (Sunday 17 February, 4pm kick off) in the FA Cup fifth round are now on sale to Away Season Ticket Holders, Members and Season Ticket Holders with 3000+ points.

Tickets are priced £10 for adults, £5 for supporters aged 18-24 and over 60, whilst fans aged under 18 will gain entry for £1.

Ticket Sales Phasing (sales phases are subject to availability).

Phase 1
Monday 4th February 10am
Away Season Ticket Holders, Members & Season Ticket holders with 4500+ points; 1 ticket per client reference.
Purchase via the Box Office, calling 08712 000 071 or

Phase 2
Tuesday 5th February 10am
Away Season Ticket Holders, Members & Season Ticket holders with 3000+ points 1 ticket per client reference.
Purchase via the Box Office, calling 08712 000 071 or

Phase 3
Wednesday 6th February 10am
Away Season Ticket Holders, Members & Season Ticket holders with 1500+ points 1 ticket per client reference.
Purchase via the Box Office, calling 08712 000 071 or

Phase 4
Thursday 7th February 10am
Away Season Ticket Holders, Members & Season Ticket holders no points required 1 tickets per client reference.
Purchase via the Box Office, calling 08712 000 071 or

Phase 5
Friday 8th February 10am
Away Season Ticket Holders, Members & Season Ticket holders no points required 2 tickets per client reference.
Purchase via the Box Office, calling 08712 000 071 or

Your account

Members & Season Ticket Holders must create their One Account to buy, by clicking here. Details of how to link this to your ticketing account, along with other FAQs can be found by clicking here

Loyalty Points can be viewed at any time, by logging into your account via the link above, and selecting “My Account”, then “Loyalty Points”.

The Ticket Line is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on non-match Saturday’s. Personal callers are able to visit the Box Office between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Both the Ticket Line and Box Office will be closed on Bank Holidays.


When planning your travel, please note there are no replays for FA Cup Fifth Round matches meaning extra time and penalties will take place in the event of the score being level after 90 minutes.

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