Sean’s substance over style by Paul Goodwin

Scunthorpe United's Michael O'Connor is tackled Doncaster Rovers' Simon Gillett (left) during the npower Football League Championship match at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 16, 2010. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Scunthorpe United's Michael O'Connor is tackled Doncaster Rovers' Simon Gillett (left) during the npower Football League Championship match at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 16, 2010. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

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INJURIES aside, Rovers’ third term in the Championship will be remembered as the season that Sean O’Driscoll relaxed his footballing principles.

But if the manager’s more open-minded approach keeps Doncaster in the second tier, you won’t hear any complaints in this part of South Yorkshire.

Rovers’ revered brand of football became a casualty well before the club’s worst ever injury crisis wrecked any hopes of a play-off push.

They’ve had to scrap for every single point - particularly since the turn of the year.

They’ve very rarely passed teams into oblivion like previously.

And at Ashton Gate on Saturday they’ll need those battling qualities in abundance to get anything against an in-form Bristol City side.

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