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Rangers were the better side in the first half and snatched the lead just before the interval when home keeper Ross Turnbull allowed a shot from Charlie Austin to slip from his grasp.

But Doncaster battled back in fine style in the second half with a 48th-minute equaliser from Theo Robinson before full-back Paul Quinn snatched the winner in the closing stages.

Bond said "We weren't happy with the way we played in the second half but you can't take anything away from Doncaster.

"We were satisfied with our position at the end of the first period. Although we hadn't played particularly well, we were in front and in control of the game.

"We expected a reaction from Rovers after the interval but we thought that if we weathered the storm the game would open up to our advantage.

"I don't think we did well enough to prevent the equaliser and, in fairness, Doncaster were the better side after that.

"They had a spring in their step and we were never able to wrestle control of the game away from them.

"We can be critical of our second-half performance but that would detract from how well the home side played."

Rangers have won all but one of their home games but have now gone five matches without an away victory.

However, Bond denied their away form was a cause for concern, and added "We've only lost twice away. A lot is expected of us, and rightly so, but we didn't defend as well as we needed to today."

Rovers boss Paul Dickov was delighted with his side's display after they had produced a poor performance when losing at Charlton during the week.

He said: "I asked for a reaction and I got it. We let the fans down at Charlton and this performance was for them.

"I'm proud of the way we played considering the injury problems we have at present and that was a terrific display against probably the best team in the division.

"Tactically I thought we got it right and pressed them when we didn't have the ball.

"We were a bit aggrieved to go in behind at the interval. It was an uncharacteristic mistake by Ross Turnbull but I told him he didn't have to apologise because he's dug us out of the mire a number of times this season.

"It was a chance for the players to dig in for him and they did that. It was a massive effort from everyone.

"We seem to raise our game against the better sides and that can sometimes be frustrating.

"It's important that we don't get carried away with this victory because consistency is the key.

"When we are not quite on our game we can let ourselves down but when we hit this level we can be a match for anyone in the Championship."

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