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Doncaster 1-0 Leeds



Sean O'Driscoll
Doncaster secured a third promotion in five years

Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll allowed himself little time to celebrate his side's promotion to the Championship after their 1-0 win over Leeds.

"You can't stand still," said O'Driscoll after the play-off final, settled by a James Hayter header.

"As soon as the game ends you're thinking 'now I've got to try and improve the squad within the budget'.

"We'll reflect on what we did well and what we can improve on because we go into a difficult division next season."

Doncaster created a host of first-half chances but had to wait until the 47th minute before breaking the deadlock when Hayter headed home Brian Stock's corner.

Victory secured Doncaster a third promotion in five years and a return to the second tier of English football for the first time in 50 years.

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Despite the euphoria, the 50-year-old refused to get too carried away.

He added: "No, I won't be having any champagne. When you've got 20-odd players with bottles of champagne I don't think they're going to give any to me.

"They've worked hard all season, so we've left them to it and we'll wait for them to calm down before having a quiet word with them, which we do after every game."

O'Driscoll reserved special praise for match-winning striker Hayter, who scored his first goal since January in what was his second start since the New Year after an injury-plagued season.

"I'm blessed with forwards. I had three on the bench. James had a hernia operation and the fellow that came in did really well," he said.

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"It's just one of those things in football, but his attitude has been first class. He works extremely hard in training, doesn't moan, he just gets on with it and you can play him anywhere.

"He has that football knowledge and takes responsibility, so I'm delighted for him."

Hayter believed the best team won. "I thought we were magnificent," said the striker.

"I was just going out there to enjoy it, really. I'm just delighted to be playing and I just gave it my all and luckily it turned out I got the winner. It's just unbelievable."

Leeds boss Gary McAllister believed his players deserved praise for reaching the play-off finals despite starting the season on minus 15 points for breaking insolvency rules.

Gary McAllister
Leeds won 27 league games - equal to champions Swansea
"It goes without saying how disappointed we are," said the 43-year-old after what was his 19th game in charge since succeeding Dennis Wise.

"But what I'm trying to impress on the guys in the dressing room is that myself and the coaching staff are very proud of them.

"Each individual should be proud of what they have done. To start the campaign with such a hefty handicap and get right to the final play-off match, they deserve to be applauded.

"They've continually picked themselves up and got on with it.

"It's simple. That group of players won 27 games, gained 91 points and barring the handicap would have been promoted.

"We'll go away this summer and regroup. There will be a hardcore of those guys back at Elland Road. It's going to be busy for the chairman and myself trying to recruit people that can make us better."




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