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Bristol City 2-1 Doncaster Rovers (Doncaster Fan's Perspective)

Monday 23rd January 2012
Despite going down to 10 men very early on, Rovers were unlucky to leave Ashton Gate empty handed.

Early in the game, a nasty challenge on James Coppinger resulted in him being taken off. Later it emerged that he had a broken cheekbone. No card was shown for the challenge. A bad start from a Doncaster point of view, but things could only get better - right? Wrong!

James Hayter missed a 'sitter' early on when Sharp mistimed a jump, allowing the ball to fall to his strike partner. Hayter was obviously unaware when the ball hit his legs, but he managed to direct it onto the target. David James predicted the path of the ball and did well to make a save.

Bristol took the lead after around 25 minutes when Cole Skuse crossed the ball to find Chris Wood in the area. Wood had the simple enough task of finding the net, which he did. It wasn't long after when the game got even worse for the Yorkshire side. Both Habib Beye and Cole Skuse were racing towards the ball which heading towards the corner flag. Beye jumped into a two-footed challenge, deemed worthy of a red card by referee, Mr Graham. Rovers were down to 10 men from the 30th minute.

Dean Saunders lined up Adam Lockwood to maintain four in defence, but before he had chance to enter the field Bristol had doubled their advantage. The resulting free kick of Beye's challenge saw Kalifa Cisse rise to head home their second, the goal came after 32 minutes.

The second half saw Rovers play much better, able to pass through the Bristol side with ease but struggled to convert until the 75th minute. A brilliant piece of play saw around 30 passes strung together before Simon Gillett crossed for El-Hadji Diouf who climbed well to head home.

The game continued with Rovers very much on the front foot but struggled to convert. The best effort fell to Billy Sharp who did well to muscle through the City defence, but his 18 yard shot was well saved by David James.

Doncaster Rovers were extremely unlucky to have left Ashton Gate empty handed but the performance with only 10 men showed great promise. Rovers' away form of late has been poor, having not won on the road since November 5th. But the passion and belief showed in the second half yesterday showed of better things to come on the road, hopefully starting at Hull next week.
Lewis Ward

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