Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll insists his players will have to be at their best if they are to emerge victorious from their FA Cup fourth-round clash with Premier League Aston Villa on Saturday.

Rovers secured a glamour tie at home against Martin O'Neill's side after beating Cheltenham 3-0 in a third-round replay at a freezing Keepmoat Stadium.

"It will be a great occasion for the supporters. We've had a difficult season and it's something for them to look forward to." said O'Driscoll.

Skipper Brian Stock scored in either half and Sam Hird grabbed his first for the club as Doncaster swept aside their League One opponents to secure their first appearance in the fourth round for over 20 years.

The clash with Villa will be a rematch of the Carling Cup meeting in November 2005. Doncaster won 3-0 on that occasion but O'Driscoll is expecting a tougher task this time around.

He said: "They are a very attractive Premier League side and we will have to play well to get something out of the game. I'm sure Martin O'Neill will play the strongest side he can and it will be tough."

Despite being proud of the display, Cheltenham boss Martin Allen was frustrated to see his side squander several chances as both Jonathan Hayes and Elvis Hammond wasted good opportunities.

He said: "My team were absolutely fantastic. I was shocked to see them go in at half-time 2-0 down to be honest.

"Since I've been here the team has played with great commitment but in every game we've wasted chances. As a team we have to take responsibility. You have to take chances, have more belief and be more cutting."

Allen also revealed he will have to sell some players in order to bolster his squad in the transfer window. "I don't think there is any money there. We have to get rid of players and cut the wage bill," added Allen.

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