Johnson hails returning Elliott
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson singled out Marvin Elliott as the inspiration behind his side's 4-1 win over Doncaster.
Last Updated: 20/09/08 7:03pm
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson singled out second-half substitute Marvin Elliott as the inspiration behind his side's 4-1 win over Doncaster.
Elliott was was introduced at half-time and he made an immediate impact by playing a major part in the opening goal.
The highly-rated midfielder broke from the centre of the park and referee Jarnail Singh played advantage as he was chopped down. Nicky Maynard burst clear only to be tripped inside the box by goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.
Michael McIndoe tucked away the resulting penalty against his old club and from then on it was plain sailing for the home side.
Energy"Marvin Elliott gives great energy to our side," said Johnson. "It's great to have him back and it didn't take him long to make an impact.
"We needed that first goal but overall I thought we played very well. We have worked hard on opening up teams this week and we created a lot of chances.
"It's good to get our first home league win of the season and I'm delighted for Nicky Maynard because I gave him a bit of a rocket after our defeat by Birmingham in midweek.
"His response was to score one goal and make another so he had a real effect on the game. He's a young lad and that can only do him the world of good."
Doncaster chief Sean O'Driscoll was far from downhearted despite the defeat.
"I thought we made a slow start but then weathered the storm and finished the first half on top," noted O'Driscoll.
"There were no complaints about the penalty and once we conceded the first goal it was always going to be an uphill battle.
"But we stuck to our guns and kept playing the style of football we are going to employ in the Championship.
"We may not have done enough to win the game but we could certainly have made the scoreline a lot closer."