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Doncaster Present Different Test - Cotterill

Steve Cotterill says Bristol City will face a very different Doncaster Rovers team to the one they defeated in September.

City were comfortable 3-0 victors over Paul Dickov’s side at Ashton Gate in Sky Bet League One thanks to goals from Aaron Wilbraham, Mark Little and Kieran Agard.

But as City travel to the Keepmoat Stadium in the FA Cup third round, Cotterill is anticipating a different challenge.

He told Bristol City Player: “I don’t think we can read too much into the game back in September. They’ll have eleven men this time (Doncaster were reduced to ten men for much of the 3-0 defeat).

“They had a tough start to the season; Paul (Dickov) had lined up a number of players and then that couldn’t happen because the takeover fell through.

“But I think he’s coped well with all that and they’ve got a very good side and decent players. We know it’ll be a tough test.”

City enter 2015 top of Sky Bet League One and in the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but that doesn’t mean Cotterill has taken any focus off the FA Cup.

“When you’re in this far, you want to keep it going if you can,” he said. “We aren’t going into FA Cup games thinking we don’t want to be in this competition!

“We want to win at Doncaster, just like we do every other game we play.”

City have asked Fulham for permission to field Matt Smith, but certainly have Chelsea youngster Todd Kane at their disposal.

Kieran Agard (ankle) and Aaron Wilbraham (hip) remain injury doubts.

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