Rovers do not fear any side, says McIndoe

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Doncaster's penalty hero Michael McIndoe insists his side have more giant-killing exploits in their sights after storming into the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

McIndoe fired the 20th minute spot-kick which set the League One minnows on their way to a 3-0 humiliation of Aston Villa at a packed Belle Vue on Tuesday night. And the 25-year-old Scot insists there is no reason why Rovers, who knocked out Manchester City in an earlier round, cannot make it a hat-trick of Premiership scalps in the competition if the last eight draw on Saturday results in top-tier opponents.

McIndoe said: "We want to go as far as we can in the competition and we know that with just one more good win we would be in the semis. I didn't want to just scrape through on penalties against Villa - I wanted us to get the credit and to prove we deserved to be there. We have done that and nobody is going to relish coming here now.

"They might outplay us but we will definitely not be out-worked and we will fancy our chances against anyone."

McIndoe, the winger signed from Yeovil in 2003 for £5,000, has previous experience of the latter rounds from Luton in his debut season in 1999.

But he hailed Rovers' even greater achievement just two seasons after shrugging off almost a decade of turmoil by securing their return to the Football League.

It is 30 years since Rovers last reached the last eight of the competition, when they were beaten by Tottenham, and McIndoe believes more good times are imminent for his club.

He added: "The chairman has changed things around, brought in some good players and we will soon be getting our new stadium.

"It will all help change what people think of this club. Small clubs don't go and beat Aston Villa 3-0 - we have got the potential to be a big Championship club." Buoyed by the success, the Rovers chairman, John Ryan, has promised to reward his heroes with a new year, sunshine break after watching their rout of David O'Leary's men.

But the ambitious Rovers manager, Dave Penney, warned: "It will be strictly a training break. The lads deserve it but we will see who we get in the next round before we fit it in."

Penney has his sights firmly set on Sunday's FA Cup second-round meeting with the League Two side Boston when Rovers must avoid becoming victims of a shock themselves.

McIndoe said: "It's important we quickly start preparing for Sunday because it's funny how football works and it would not be fun to see things from the other side."