Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson says he was proud of his players after his side went down to a narrow defeat at Arsenal.
A Theo Walcott goal in the first half of the game was the only goal that separated the two sides at the Emirates.
Doncaster had to stay in the game in the first half as Arsenal piled on the pressure but in the second half Doncaster piled forward, they had a number of chances late in the game to forcing extra-time, and Ferguson was delighted with the reaction from his players.
“I was proud of the players,” Ferguson told The Sheffield Star.
“I felt they did a lot of the things I asked of them and in a cup match you need a bit of luck. But it was a great learning curve. In terms of concentration it was a fantastic learning curve for my players.
“The concentration levels had to be really good from my players.
“The opening period of the game was tough for us. But we stuck at it, we kept the belief and the important thing was that after we went behind, we kept it to 1-0 until half time. That gave us hope.
“I thought the reaction to going behind was very good.”
Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair came closest for Doncaster into forcing the game into extra-time. Mandeville saw his shot deflected just wide and from the resulting corner, Blair saw his deflected header hit the crossbar.
Doncaster were cheered on by over 5,000 fans at the Emirates in a crowd of just over 44,000.
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