DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders knew that his League One title-chasing side would be there to be shot at while ever they were holding down a top two spot.
That is exactly what happened in Saturday’s home game against Coventry as the Sky Blues gunned down his charges 4-1.
It was Rovers biggest defeat of the season and with other results going against them they slipped two places to fourth.
It didn’t help Rovers’ cause that leading scorer David Cotterill had to come off after just 25 minutes.
Said Saunders: “It was my fault that I played him. I got a phone call in the morning saying that he had a stomach bug but fair play to the boy he tried to play. I just said to him to see how far he could get.
“I thought he might be able to get through the game because he’s so important to us. If we create a chance or score he’s normally involved - especially from things such as set-plays.
“Just after I made the substitution and put Iain Hume out to the right, their left-back gets forward and crosses the ball straight to McGoldrick, and at 2-0 down you are up against it.
“I said to them at half-time that we’ve got to stay in the game and show the supporters that we are having a go for the league and that there is no reason why we can’t score two goals. Even their third goal didn’t kill us and we got one through Chris Brown and I was thinking that with 15 minutes to go that if we scored another one we could get a result.
“I pushed everyone forward to try and get us back into the game and that contributed to the final scoreline. They made it 4-1 in the 90th minute but a couple of minutes earlier it could have been 3-2.
“The problem was the first two goals. We then had to chase the game and take risks which we don’t normally have to do.”
He added: “Give Coventry credit. They are a good team and they’ll be up there. Mark Robins has done a great job.
“They are all comfortable on the ball and they’ve got McGoldrick who has scored 16 goals. I warned the players beforehand that they were a decent team and that if we weren’t on our game that we wouldn’t win.
“We started quite brightly and conceded a goal against the run of play from a breakaway. We got on top but then conceded from another breakaway. We then had to take the game to them. We were leaving gaps everywhere and when we got chances we didn’t take them.”