O’Kelly says players aware of Bristol City threat

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DONCASTER Rovers know what to expect from Bristol City in tomorrow’s Championship encounter at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Assistant manager Richard O’Kelly took in their recent 2-1 against big-spending Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and came away impressed.

“They were very organised and knew exactly what they were doing,” he said. “They frustrated the life out of Leicester.

“I can remember us playing against Crewe a few years back and they dropped back into their own half and we had to try sand break them down.

“I would expect Bristol to do exactly the same tomorrow.

“As I say they are very organised and they have plenty of pace up front.

“We’ll have to be patient, on and off the pitch, because they are not the sort of side which gets turned over quickly.

“They were set-up for Leicester.

“Leicester started the game well and moved the ball around a lot in the first 15 minutes.

But because they hadn’t scored they went a bit more direct and it became very frustrating for the players on the pitch and the morale of the team and their enthusiasm went downhill a little bit.

“They are resilient and they are organised and they did a number on Leicester and counter attacked and scored two goals.”

Rovers will go into the game in a buoyant mood following an impressive performance against Leeds United in a midweek Carling Cup tie they were unlucky to lose.

“We’ve got a standard of performance and a standard of play that we want to keep up as high as possible,” said O’Kelly.

“We always talk about that if you keep getting performances you’ll start winning games and then the belief comes that you are going to start winning games all the time.

“So from that point of view we’ll be looking to build on what we did on Tuesday because we need to start putting some points on the board and it’s important that we get some tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is our last game before the first of the international breaks and we’ve always done pretty well in the past in such situations.

Giles Barnes said: “We know we are a good team and it’s just a bit of tweaking that is needed. I’m sure the results will start to come,

“We were all disappointed in the dressing room after the Leeds game but we are going to stick together because that’s the sort of team we are,

“We came out guns blazing against Leeds and we just needed to find a ruthless streak.

“But if we keep getting ourselves into good positions then eventually you feel it is going to start to happen for us.”