Roy Hodgson hailed the professionalism of his Crystal Palace side as they overcame Doncaster to book an FA Cup quarter-final spot.
Palace bookended the first half with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer as they secured a 2-0 away win in the fifth-round tie, and avoided a potential upset in the process.
Hodgson had warned his players beforehand that they could not afford to take the League One side lightly, and was delighted with their response. “It was a very tough game,” Hodgson said. “We had prepared for a tough game.
We knew Doncaster Rovers were a good football team and we had seen enough from our research to know that. “Luckily I was able to really imprint that in the minds of our players and there was never going to be any complacency on our part. “In fact, Doncaster were every bit as good as I thought they might be, perhaps even slightly better.
“The pitch was a bit of a factor which evened things out and Doncaster probably dealt with how firm and bumpy it was better than we did. “I thought both teams tried to play good football. “In the end we are delighted to come through on the right side and go into the quarter-finals.”