John Coleman hailed Norwich loanee Jon McCracken after Stanley drew 2-2 at Doncaster in the FA Cup first round.

The hosts led early through a Kelvin Mellor own goal but saw chances to extend their advantage go begging before Stanley rallied in the second half.

Shaun Whalley levelled for the Reds before Harrison Biggins’ piledrive put Doncaster back in front, only for Seamus Conneely's equaliser to secure a replay at the Wham Stadium.

“They were unbelievable saves to keep us in the game and he made another brilliant one in the second half,” Coleman said.

“You need that from your goalkeeper and you need your defenders to make good blocks. You need people to step up and he did that to keep us in the game.

“I want to talk about the fans too, because they stayed with us despite witnessing the worst first-half performance we’ve put in for a long time.

“That’s taking nothing away from Doncaster because they were good, but everything we practised and everything we spoke about went out of the window.

“The second half was very different and we were a lot better. We played like the home team and took the game to them.

“I think we just about deserved to get a draw in the end from being comprehensively outplayed in the first half.”