The FA Cup - Third Round
DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1Bristol CityBristol City1

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Bristol City

Matt Smith's second-half header earned Bristol City an FA Cup third-round replay against Doncaster Rovers.

The on-loan striker guided Luke Ayling's cross past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with 15 minutes remaining.

Luke McCullough had put Doncaster ahead shortly after the break, hooking the ball in off the post after City failed to clear Harry Forrester's corner.

Kyle Bennett came closest to winning the match for the hosts, forcing Frank Fielding into a smart save.

The Doncaster substitute had an even better chance to score from inside the penalty area in injury time but shot well wide of the goal, and the teams will now contest a replay at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City, who were knocked off the top of League One for the first time since September thanks to Swindon's draw with Fleetwood on Saturday, were beaten by Watford in a replay at the same stage of the Cup last season.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We'll take a lot of confidence from this.

"We're obviously really disappointed to not come away with the win but I've just said to the players: If we perform like that in the majority of our games then we'll do well.

"I'm delighted with the effort of the boys. We played a really good team and we restricted them to limited chances.

"We'll go onto Oldham next week with a lot of confidence."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We were average in the first half - at best - and good in the second half.

"In the first half we were almost like a counter-attack team. We weren't the attacking threat that we usually are in every game we play in.

"But sometimes you need to show character in games like this when you're a long way away from home.

"I thought we were good in the second half and we certainly deserved a draw."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 22Wabara
  • 12McCullough
  • 16Butler
  • 17Stevens
  • 18Keegan
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forTysonat 88'minutes
  • 19Wellens
  • 26Coppinger
  • 9RobinsonSubstituted forMainat 79'minutes
  • 10ForresterSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McCombe
  • 11Main
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Tyson
  • 15Wakefield
  • 23Bennett
  • 29Middleton

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2LittleBooked at 13mins
  • 8Elliott
  • 7SmithSubstituted forFreemanat 89'minutes
  • 12KaneBooked at 57minsSubstituted forPackat 83'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Cunningham
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
5,671

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Post update

    Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul Keegan.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Luke Freeman replaces Korey Smith.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Nathan Tyson replaces Dean Furman.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Todd Kane.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Korey Smith.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Mark Little.

  17. Post update

    Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Bristol City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Curtis Main replaces Theo Robinson.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Harry Forrester because of an injury.