Team effort delights O'Driscoll

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Sean O'Driscoll hailed his side's "brave defending" after watching them dismantle Bristol City at Ashton Gate to win 5-2.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, on loan from Arsenal, turned in an eye-catching display as Rovers ran riot, but manager O'Driscoll insisted it was a team effort.

O'Driscoll said: "I was delighted with all the team. Bristol had height in the middle with Chris Iwelumo and pace down the flanks, so they were always going to be a threat, but we were very brave in the way we defended."

A crazy opening 15 minutes ended with the score 2-2. Emmanuel-Thomas put Doncaster in front from Billy Sharp's pass and although Bradley Orr equalised in the ninth minute, Sharp bundled in a cross from James Coppinger to restore Rovers' advantage three minutes later.

Right-back Orr stole in to convert another Campbell-Ryce centre, but City continued to commit bad errors at the back and Lewin Nyatanga allowed Sharp to race onto Emmanuel-Thomas' flick-on before firing past Dean Gerken.

Just before the interval came the killer goal as two Bristol defenders collided as they tried to head clear a corner and Emmanuel-Thomas netted his second with a low drive. When Orr got his third goal of the game on 61 minutes it was into his own net, deflecting a cross from Coppinger to complete a day of misery for Gary Johnson's men.

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James Coppinger
Doncaster Rovers
Bristol City
Chris Iwelumo
Bradley Orr
Billy Sharp
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Dean Gerken
Lewin Nyatanga

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