Doncaster Rovers U21s 1 Preston North End U21s 0

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Caretaker boss Rob Jones watched from the stands as Doncaster Rovers knocked Preston North End out of the Under-21 Premier League Cup with a last gasp winner.

Jones could be heard encouraging Rovers’ youngsters - who he also still officially manages - from the press box as he continues to throw himself into his managerial duties.

The 35-year-old was in contact with Paul Stancliffe and Paul Wilson in the dugout and appeared to still have final say on substitutions and tactical changes.

Substitute Daniel Hector settled the tie with a winning goal that just crossed the line as the stadium clock ticked onto 90 minutes.

Dany N’Guessan and Harry Middleton both played 45 minutes for Rovers, with one eye on Saturday’s vital home clash with Oldham Athletic. Striker Jack McKay, back from injury, also came off the bench to get his first competitive minutes of the new season.

Doncaster had much the better of the first half but saw a succession of chances blocked or deflected wide.

N’Guessan’s presence and power in the channel gave Preston problems, as the 28-year-old came as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock.

Liam Mandeville also had an effort saved after picking the pocket of a North End defender, while Michael Carberry saw a shot cleared off the line.

The second half was flat in comparison but Hector popped up right at the death to fire in a shot which Preston goalkeeper Callum Roberts parried but could not prevent crossing the line.