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Rovers 2 Hull 0

22 August 2017

Alfie May continued his stunning form as Rovers progressed into the Carabao Cup third round with a win over Sky Bet Championship side Hull City.

May scored the opener, before Tommy Rowe drilled home to seal the win against a youthful Tigers’ side.

Manager Darren Ferguson made five changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Blackpool on Saturday, notably handing a debut summer signing Issam Ben Khemis.

It was the visitors who had the games’ first chance early on, but Daniel Batty’s tame effort was held comfortably by Marko Marosi in the Rovers’ goal.

John Marquis, looking to carry on his good form, was first to test the Tigers’ defence shortly afterwards, but his header from Craig Alcock’s cross was glanced just wide.

Hull’s young squad kept pressing Rovers, with Marosi having to be on his toes to keep out a cross from Greg Olley, with the winger’s cross having to be tipped onto the bar and claimed by the keeper.

James Weir was next to test the Rovers’ goal, but, like his midfield partner Batty, his low effort was tame and again taken well by Marosi.

Rovers did start to gain more control of the possession and started to cause problems for the Hull defence.

First, a ball over the top from Ben Khemis was met at the back post by the on-rushing Matty Blair, but his header was deflected wide and Rovers had to settle for a corner.

May was next to test Will Mannion in the Tigers’ goal, with the striker capitalising on a short back pass from Robbie McKenzie, however his shot was straight at the visiting keeper.

Rodney Kongolo was at the centre of the action, and once again he impressed down the right-hand side, first setting up Blair, whose low shot was cleared just over the bar by McKenzie.

Kongolo had a major part in Rovers’ biggest chance of the half so far, as he evaded a challenge from Tigers’ left back Brandon Fleming, and slid the ball through for Marquis.

Marquis weaved his way through the Hull defence, but his well-struck shot was smashed against the post, and as it did so, it eventually found its way to Ben Khemis who looked to curl in from 25 yards out, but his shot was claimed easily by Mannion.

Rovers came out from the break strongly and immediately made an impact. 

Alcock collected the ball at half way and played it in to Ben Khemis, who picked out May, and the striker cut back and curled low past Mannion in the Hull goal to give Rovers the lead and continue his good form.

Rovers were in the ascendancy, and it wasn’t long before they increased their lead.

Ben Khemis again linked up with May, and his cross from the right was controlled well by skipper for the night, Rowe, and he drilled home into Mannion’s far corner to double the Rovers’ lead.

It could have been three just moments later, Ben Whiteman, who’s goal sent Rovers into the second round, striking a post from a free-kick on the edge of the box.

The Hull woodwork was hit again shortly afterwards, with May released down the right once more, and his low shot was tipped onto the post by Mannion, who was doing well to keep the Tigers in the game.

The visitors did finally create themselves a chance when Will Annan’s cross was met by the head of towering striker Greg Luer, but he was only able to glance wide, causing no trouble for Marosi in the home goal.

Luer found himself in even more space not long afterwards, with Weir finding the striker in acres of space, but he could only fire high and wide.

Rovers' next attack saw good work between May, substitute Andy Williams, and Ben Khemis, with the latter finding space in front of goal, but fired just over from just outside the box.

Rovers controlled the majority of the possession in the closing stages and had one last chance to extend the lead, with Williams heading the ball towards goal from a corner, but he found his effort superbly tipped over by Mannion.

Rovers now have their name in the hat for the third round draw, which will take place in China on Thursday morning at 4:15am BST.

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