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Close range shot by Steve Brooker clears the bar.
The official flags John Akinde offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Jamie McAllister. Billy Sharp scores a power penalty. Doncaster 1-1 Bristol City.
The assistant referee flags for offside against John Akinde. Adam Lockwood takes the free kick.
Gavin Williams takes a shot. James O'Connor gets a block in. Steve Brooker is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Mason. Inswinging corner taken by Cole Skuse.
Inswinging corner taken by Martin Woods, Billy Sharp takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Fontaine.
Corner taken by Martin Woods from the right by-line, Damion Stewart makes a clearance.
Damion Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Sharp. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Mason.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Sharp on Jamie McAllister. Direct free kick taken by David James.
Handball by Gavin Williams. Booking for Gavin Williams. Free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.
Unfair challenge on Gavin Williams by Martin Woods results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David James.
Shot by Dean Shiels from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Wayne Thomas replaces Shelton Martis.
Simon Gillett concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Elliott. Jamie McAllister restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Simon Gillett results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister takes the direct free kick.
James Coppinger is brought on as a substitute for Brian Stock.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Hunt by Simon Gillett. David James takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against John Akinde. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
John Akinde fouled by James O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick.
David Clarkson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Connor. John Akinde is brought on as a substitute for Albert Adomah. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
Gavin Williams replaces Ivan Sproule.
Simon Gillett sends in a cross, save by David James.
David Clarkson takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.
The referee blows for offside against Ivan Sproule. Ivan Sproule is shown a yellow card. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Clarkson on Brian Stock. Adam Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Elliott on George Friend. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Adomah by Shelton Martis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Hunt, James O'Connor makes a clearance.
Simon Gillett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David James restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
Albert Adomah has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Foul by George Friend on Marvin Elliott, free kick awarded. Jamie McAllister sends in a cross, Damion Stewart finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Doncaster 0-1 Bristol City.Assist by Jamie McAllister.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Nicky Hunt. Martin Woods delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Damion Stewart makes a clearance.
The official flags David Clarkson offside. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Clarkson. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Clarkson by Brian Stock results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Damion Stewart goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Dean Shiels has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lockwood by Albert Adomah results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shelton Martis.
Albert Adomah is caught offside. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. George Friend restarts play with the free kick.
Ivan Sproule fouled by Brian Stock, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.
Shot on goal by Brian Stock from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Short corner taken by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, Simon Gillett takes a shot. Damion Stewart gets a block in. Martin Woods takes a inswinging corner.
Ryan Mason has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Albert Adomah. Shelton Martis restarts play with the free kick.
Billy Sharp takes a shot. Liam Fontaine gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Martin Woods.
The ball is delivered by Simon Gillett.
David Clarkson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
Ivan Sproule delivers the ball, Jamal Campbell-Ryce has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Ryan Mason is penalised for a handball. David James restarts play with the free kick.
Albert Adomah takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.
Martin Woods gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cole Skuse. Jamie McAllister restarts play with the free kick. The offside flag is raised against Albert Adomah. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.
Martin Woods takes a inswinging corner to the near post, George Friend takes a shot. Save by David James.
A cross is delivered by Martin Woods, David Clarkson manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Martin Woods.
Outswinging corner taken by Martin Woods from the left by-line.
Billy Sharp takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Damion Stewart. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Woods. The ball is delivered by Ryan Mason, clearance by Jamie McAllister.
James O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Free kick crossed by Nicky Hunt. The assistant referee signals for offside against Damion Stewart. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
The ball is swung over by Dean Shiels, Effort on goal by Billy Sharp from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
The offside flag is raised against Ivan Sproule. Direct free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.
Simon Gillett takes a shot. Save by David James.
The game gets underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The match restarts for the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Thomas set for Rovers bow
Doncaster's latest signing Wayne Thomas could go straight into the starting line-up against Bristol City.
Central defender Thomas, released by Southampton, signed a one-year deal on Tuesday and is expected to make his full debut in Rovers' first home league game of the season due to a long list of injuries that manager Sean O'Driscoll is having to contend with.
Skipper Brian Stock hopes to return after international duty with Wales and midfield partner Simon Gillett is available after missing the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Accrington through suspension.
But O'Driscoll was without midfielder James Coppinger (leg), Billy Sharp, James Hayter and Martin Woods (all groin) on Tuesday night, while John Oster and James Chambers both remain long-term absentees due to knee injuries.
Keith Millen is likely to restore David James to Bristol City`s starting line-up when he takes charge of the club as permanent manager for the first time.
The England goalkeeper, who was beaten three times on his debut during the home defeat to Millwall last weekend, was rested against Southend in the Carling Cup as Dean Gerken was given a run-out.
Midfielder Cole Skuse is expected to be available despite being forced off with a hamstring problem at half-time in the first-round loss at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.
Irish midfielders Patrick Hoban and Jimmy Keohane could be added to the squad after signing one-year deals.
Louis Carey (heel) and Christian Ribeiro (back) are edging their way back to first-team contention but this game looks like coming too soon for the defenders.
Last season`s 21-goal top scorer Nicky Maynard will be out for up to four months after undergoing knee surgery this week. Fellow forwards Sam Vokes (hamstring) and Danny Haynes (groin and thigh), defenders Lewin Nyatanga and James Wilson and midfielder Kalifa Cisse (thigh) complete City`s list of absentees.
Rovers rally for late point
Billy Sharp converted a last-minute penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw for Doncaster against a Bristol City side that showed no ill-effects from this week's shock resignation of Steve Coppell.
Rovers' club record signing Sharp, a #1.1million capture from Sheffield United in July, blasted home his first goal of the season from the spot after Jamie McAllister's 89th-minute foul on Doncaster substitute James Coppinger.
It was a cruel blow for City, who had taken the lead early in the second half when Damion Stewart headed home McAllister's cross, in Keith Millen's first game in charge as permanent manager.
City wasted little time in appointing Millen as Coppell's successor after the former Crystal Palace and Reading boss announced his decision to quit football management on Thursday and the Robins responded admirably after successive defeats had made for a miserable start to their season.
But despite playing second fiddle for most of the second half, Sean O'Driscoll's Rovers were rewarded for a spirited finish.
Tottenham teenager Ryan Mason, who signed on loan this week for a month, was among six changes to Rovers' starting line-up, with Shelton Martis, Simon Gillett, Martin Woods, Sharp and skipper Brian Stock all returning.
David James was recalled by Millen for City in place of Dean Gerken, while Stewart and Marvin Elliott were also reinstated.
James held an early shot from Gillett and after Sharp had fired over the crossbar was at his acrobatic best to tip George Friend's near-post effort around the post as Rovers created the better first-half chances.
Doncaster goalkeeper Neil Sullivan comfortably dealt with City's first strike on goal, an angled drive from Albert Adomah in the 24th minute as Rovers continued to threaten.
Sharp and Gillett had further shots blocked and Mason curled a 25-yard effort just wide for the home side, but City went close to snatching the lead just before the break when Stewart headed Jamie McAllister's free-kick over the crossbar.
The visitors took less than two minutes to break the deadlock after the half-time break.
McAllister again supplied the cross, this time from the right, and Stewart swooped to head home into the bottom corner.
Adomah dragged another shot wide when well placed soon after as City looked to build on their lead and David Clarkson forced Sullivan into a fine save with an angled drive just after the hour-mark.
Rovers skipper Stock, on international duty for Wales in midweek, was replaced by James Coppinger, while Thomas was handed his first Doncaster appearance when Martis was forced off injured in the 74th minute.
Dean Shiels was off target with a left-footed shot from the left side of the area and Sharp had another effort blocked by Liam Fontaine.
But Rovers were rewarded in the closing stages when Coppinger was upended by McAllister in the area and Sharp stepped forward to slam home his spot kick.
Doncaster almost snatched all three points at the death, but substitute Steve Brooker blazed over from six yards.
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