Yesterday’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round saw Premier League side Stoke City head up to South Yorkshire to play Doncaster at the latter’s Keepmoat Stadium, a game that ended in a 2-1 victory for the side from the Potteries.

Stoke, making nine changes, took the lead thanks to 6ft 7in forward Peter Crouch, the ex-Liverpool man turning the ball in neatly inside the area on 15 minutes. ten minutes later Doncaster replied after a mazy run from defence by Luke McCullough ended with a squared ball to Nathan Tyson, who tucked in the ball at the second attempt for a 25th minute equaliser.

Both teams came close with excellent saves, shots going nervously wide of the post and with Crouch missing what was essentially an open goal, when it would have been to score. This acted as merely a prelude to a 25-yard screamer for Jonathan Walters (57′), a right-footed shot that flew into the Doncaster goal. Even though Doncaster were denied an equaliser after Andy Butler hit the bar with a header but it was Stoke who see their name.

Despondent and in miserable moods, Donny fans drifted away from the Keepmoat ruing what might have been had Lady Luck smiled more kindly on them. Even their players would have been in this reflective mood, players such as substitute Richard Chaplow.

Midfielder Chaplow took the train home from Saturday’s defeat, the problem was the ex-Southampton, Burnley, West Brom, Preston and Millwall midfielder was on the same train as Stoke fans returning to the Potteries. Suddenly spotted by a quick-witted Stoke fan, a rousing chorus of “he looks like my thumb, he looks like my thum-m-mb, Richard Chaplow, he looks like my thumb.”

Still, Chaplow took the swipe at his lack of hair in good humour, tweeting the self-taken video (above) on his personal Twitter account.

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