DONCASTER’S 1-0 defeat at Bristol City sees them fifth from bottom in the Championship but nine points clear of the drop zone and strugglers Sheffield United, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
Forty-year-old David James turned the clock back with a string of outstanding saves and drew the praise of manager Keith Millen as Bristol City made it six wins from their last seven npower Championship games.
The former England goalkeeper produced four one-on-one stops to deny Doncaster a result to ease their growing relegation fears and earned glowing praise from manager Millen.
The Robins boss said: “David continues to work so hard on his game and is looking fitter and sharper now than when he first joined us, which is a tribute to his enthusiasm.”
Nicky Maynard settled the result with a 76th minute volley from a Jordan Spence cross, the striker’s fifth goal in seven starts since returning to action following knee surgery last summer.
The defeat left Doncaster boss Sean O’Driscoll admitting: “Maynard was the difference between the sides. That sort of finishing is what you get when you pay more than £2million for a striker.
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RESULTS: Saturday, April 2, 2011:
Crystal Palace v Barnsley (HT:1-1) 2-1
Bristol City v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0-0) 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday v Colchester (HT: 1-0) 2-1
Chesterfield v Port Vale (HT: 0-0) 2-0
Rotherham United v Morecambe (HT:0-0) 0-1
Monday, April 4:
QPR v Sheffield United (Kick off 7.45pm)
Tuesday, April 5:
Sheffield Wednesday v Tranmere