DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders has mixed feelings on the fact that the club will miss out on a game this weekend due to visitors Oldham having three players on international duty.
“I’d have preferred to have been playing but at least it gives me two weeks (without interruption) to work with the squad,” he said.
Given the fact that Saunders has spent little quality time working with the current squad, with players leaving and arriving on a regular basis, the postponement of the Oldham game could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
It will give time for Preston striker Iain Hume, who came on for the last 30 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 League One defeat at Yeovil after joining the club on a fourth-month loan on Friday, the chance to work on his fitness.
“He was breathing hard after just 10 minutes because he’d not played for such a long time,” said Saunders, who had been tracking the Canadian international, currently surplus to requirements at Deepdale, for some time.
Saunders now has four recognised target men in his squad, but hinted he was still looking to add to his firepower.
“You can’t have too many strikers at a club,” he said.
Former Leeds United striker Billy Paynter got off the mark for the season, scoring the club’s late consolation goal: “There were positives to come out of the game and that was one of them,” said the Welshman.
Although not blaming the defeat on the departure of James Coppinger, who moved on loan to Nottingham Forest late Friday afternoon, Saunders said the circumstances didn’t help. “To lose such a good player so late on Friday afternoon, and to have to drop him off on the way to the hotel, was just another obstacle put in our way,” he said.
“Instead of players concentrating on the game on the way down, they were saying goodbye to James. If we had have been in a better financial position, we’d have told Forest he wasn’t going.”