BILLY Sharp watched from the stands as Doncaster were deservedly dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Notts County.

Sharp was left out of the Rovers squad after Leicester City had a bid accepted for the striker.

The 25-year-old has now been granted permission to talk to the Foxes.

Without Sharp, Rovers looked a shadow of the team that fought so incredibly hard to beat Barnsley 2-0 on Monday.

In fact, Martin Allen's County side almost mirrored the steely determination that Doncaster showed against their local rivals to seal a place in tomorrow's fourth round draw.

It was a no thrills performance from the Magpies, who took the lead on 37 minutes when Jeff Hughes hooked a shot past David Button after Rovers failed to deal with Alan Sheehan's free kick.

But what the visitors lacked in style they made up for in substance - and Rovers had neither the craft or cohesion to break them down.

Giles Barnes wasted a fantastic opportunity to equalise when he blazed over from close range with the goal at his mercy after the break.

And James Coppinger saw his cross-come-shot turned round the post by County keeper Stuart Nelson.

But just as Rovers threatened to up the ante they conceded a penalty, Kyle Bennett carelessly colliding with Sheehan in the box, allowing Hughes to net his second of the game from the spot.

The second half substitute appearances of John Oster and long-term absentee Martin Woods were positives on an otherwise disappointing day - as fans were left to ponder not only a frustrating performance, but the immediate future of their goalscoring hero Sharp.