Palace ease into FA cup quarter finals. Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp says the Eagles are “in a good position to get to Wembley” after his goal helped his team overcome League One side Doncaster Rovers to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Schlupp scored in the eighth minute and Max Meyer headed in a second just before half-time as Palace won 2-0 at Keepmoat Stadium. The last eight will feature only two of the top six teams in the Premier League – Manchester City and either Chelsea or Manchester United, who play each other in the last fifth-round tie on Monday.
Along with Palace, the other Premier League sides left in the competition are Wolves
Along with Palace, the other Premier League sides left in the competition are Wolves, Watford and Brighton, with Swansea and Millwall – both in the bottom half of the Championship – also still in the cup. “It’s a great tournament but if we get a lesser team, so to speak, we have a great chance,” Schlupp told the BBC. “It was tough, we’d seen their form and we knew it was going to be tough. But we are pleased to have won, and we scored two good goals. “We knew if we got past this we’d be in a good position to get to Wembley.”
There are 36 league places between Palace and Doncaster and the Eagles took an early lead
There are 36 league places between Palace and Doncaster and the Eagles took an early lead when Schlupp shot low into the net after a fine individual run. Meyer then nodded in from Andros Townsend’s headed cross to double the visitors’ lead in first-half injury time. Doncaster, who were aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, had a better second half but Ben Whiteman’s shot was saved by Wayne Hennessey, Alfie May headed over from close range and James Coppinger’s effort was deflected wide. The Eagles have never won the FA Cup, losing twice in finals to Manchester United in 1990 and 2016, but this was also only the second time in 23 years they had reached the last eight. The quarter-final draw will be made after the Chelsea v Manchester United match and the last-eight ties will be played from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize money.