DONCASTER Rovers were pipped 2-1 at fellow strugglers Ashton Gate despite a spirited late rally and playing with 10 men for the last 60 minutes after Beye was sent off.
Rovers were hoping to end their run of five successive defeats on the road
City set a scorching pace and Adomah got a shot on target from the edge of the area, which Button was well-placed to collect.
Button did well to palm a 20-yard shot by left-back Foster away for a corner.
Coppinger took a heavy knock, which left him looking groggy for a while.
Gillett won Rovers a ninth minute corner, testing former England keeper James with a low angled shot at the near post.
Sharp got on the end of a ball over the top but could only fire a weakish shot wide of the far post under pressure from Nyatanga.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders decided that Coppinger wasn’t fit to continue and replaced him with Oster in the 19th minute.
There was a let off for Bristol on 25 minutes when neither Sharp nor Hayter could apply the finishing touch to a left-wing cross into the box by Diouf.
Bristol took the lead after 27 minutes when WOOD netted from close range on his home debut.
It would have been 2-0 a minute later but for Button pushing a goal-bound angled shot from the edge of the area by Kilkenny away for a corner.
Rovers were reduced to 10 men on the half hour when Beye was sent off for serious foul play.
City wasted no time in capitalising on their extra-man advantage with CISSE beating Button from the resulting free-kick to make it 2-0.
Saunders took off Hayter and replaced him with Lockwood before play resumed.
Adomah got no joy when he tried to take on Spurr in a one-on-one on the edge of the box as City pushed forward again on 44 minutes. Lockwood showed good pace and anticipation to beat Wood to Kilkenny’s ball on the edge of the box with the Rovers defence stretched.
Bristol City............. 2
Spurr headed clear from Kilkenny’s 47th minute free-kick into the box.
Foster shot just wide of Button’s right-hand post with a well-struck 20-yarder.
Rovers, who were playing with a 4-4-1 formation, had not let their heads down and were continuing to work hard as a unit. Wood shot just wide on 59 minutes from a neat link-up with Pearson.
Foster got another shot on target but Button had it covered all the way and made an easy collection.
City made a change on 67 minutes, Pitman, one of three strikers on the bench, replacing Skuse. Rovers pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when DIOUF netted from Gillett’s cross. In a bid to try and salvage a result, Saunders brought on the attacking Bennett for Gillett on 78 minutes.
With ten minutes of normal time left it was still anybody’s game with Rovers still working hard to both deny City a third goal and also to create an equaliser.
City made a third and final change on 83 minutes, Wilson replacing Bolasie, who received a rousing reception from the home fans.
Rovers skipper Stock was booked for a foul a minute later. Sharp gave away a needless free-kick when City next pushed forward.
Rovers’ leading scorer then managed to get a shot on target, which brought out the best in James, despite the efforts of two defenders.
Bennett shot over from the edge of the box in the last minute of normal time.
It was all Rovers in the closing stages - apart from one City attack which could have produced a goal. You would have thought it was Bristol who were a man down, rather than the visitors.