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Grant McCann's boys pay the penalty as Charlton net Wembley date

Charlton Ath 2 Doncaster Rovers 3

Grant McCann
Grant McCann

By Robert Jones

Former Northern Ireland international Grant McCann suffered League One play-off semi-final heartbreak last night as his Doncaster Rovers side lost to Charlton on penalties at the Valley.

Lee Bowyer's side will now face Sunderland in the final at Wembley on May 26.

Doncaster won 2-1 on the night in normal time to level the tie at 3-3 on aggregate.

John Marquis then struck to give Doncaster the advantage in extra time, before Darren Pratley equalised just a minute later.

The Addicks scored four of their five penalties, with Marquis and Tommy Rowe missing for Doncaster.

McCann and his men can hold their heads high at pushing the hosts to their limit after a great season.

Charlton striker Lyle Taylor said: "The atmosphere was frightening, it's not been like that all season.

"I'm fortunate enough to have taken 11 penalties this season now and scored nine, so I've worked on my technique."

Charlton's progress sets up a repeat of the 1998 second-tier play-off final, when they beat Sunderland 7-6 on penalties following a dramatic 4-4 draw at the old Wembley, a match which included a hat-trick for former Addicks striker Clive Mendonca.

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