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Our Patience Was Rewarded - Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill declared patience the key to Bristol City prevailing over a gung-ho Doncaster Rovers side at Ashton Gate.

The visitors started with their usual 4-2-3-1 formation in a first period which remained cagey until Jay Emmanuel-Thomas headed home a close-range opener on 36 minutes.

The longer the FA Cup third round replay went on, the more Doncaster threw caution to the wind, ending up with four players up front as City held firm before putting the tie to bed through Emmanuel-Thomas’ brilliantly taken second with 11 minutes left.

The victory ensures Cotterill’s men will host Premier League opponents West Ham United in their first fourth round appearance since 2007 a week on Sunday.

“I thought we deserved to win the game,” the boss told Bristol City Player.

“We were patient and played some good football in the first half. Then in the second half when we were a goal up there was no big hurry to be running around the pitch.

“We finally got our just rewards for the patience that we showed in the final third with Jay’s second goal, which was a fantastic goal.

“Even when we were defending I felt we were in control of the game and on the turnover of the ball we were very good.

“They (Doncaster) went from being 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 to 4-2-4. What you can’t do is play our back three against their four, but that’s fine because when they pin our wing-backs back like that we can play five at the back.

“We did that for about five or ten minutes in the second half, but we saw off that threat and scored a great goal through Jay.

“The cup games are all about the players and the supporters having their big moments. For me, as the manager, the most important thing is the league and it’s an important game that we’ve got at Scunthorpe on Saturday now.”

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