Hull City, a Championship team, suffered a devastating defeat in the EFL Cup at the hands of League Two’s Doncaster Rovers. Despite grabbing an early lead, Hull City were unable to sustain it, allowing Doncaster to launch an incredible comeback.
Early Lead for Hull City
Hull City seemed to be off to a promising start when Oscar Estupinan netted the game’s opener just three minutes in. The goal came after Jason Lokilo, making his debut for the Tigers, was denied twice in quick succession. Estupinan capitalised on the situation, firing home at the back post and marking his first goal for the 2023/24 campaign.
Doncaster’s Resilient Comeback
However, the joy was short-lived for Hull City. Twelve minutes after their opening goal, George Miller levelled for Doncaster 12 minutes after their first goal, capitalising on an error by Adama Traoré. Miller was on hand to volley past Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram after Luke Molyneux’s first attempt was deflected.
The game’s turning point occurred soon after the hour mark. Miller struck the net again after some fantastic passing near the penalty area, this time with a thunderous shot that flew clean into the top corner. Miller’s brace clinched Doncaster’s progress to the next round of the EFL Cup.
Missed Opportunities and Reflections
Hull City had multiple chances to level the score. Notably, Estupiñán, who had been a constant threat throughout the match, was denied a second goal by Doncaster’s goalkeeper, Ian Lawlor. A fantastic ball from Xavier Simons found Vaughn Covil, who then put up Estupiñán in the dying stages of the game. Hull’s fate was sealed as the latter’s header sailed barely over the bar.
Liam Rosenior, Hull City’s head coach, voiced his dissatisfaction after the game, saying, “It was unacceptable from the first minute to the last.” Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann, on the other side, hailed his team’s effort, particularly after the first 15 minutes.
This unexpected result serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of football. While Hull City will be reflecting on their missed opportunities, Doncaster Rovers will be celebrating a well-deserved victory and looking forward to their next challenge in the EFL Cup.