DONCASTER ROVERS: Extra work helps Blake

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VETERAN striker Robbie Blake made his Doncaster Rovers’ debut in last night’s pre-season 3-2 win over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

Blake, who missed Saturday’s opener at Cleethorpes Town with a tight thigh muscle, played the whole of the second half but was unable to add to first half goals by fellow newcomers David Cotterill and David Syers.

Rovers led 3-0 at the break after a one-sided first-half but were second-best for long periods of the second as the Mariners hit back with a brace by Dale Southwell.

“He is behind schedule in terms of fitness because he hasn’t played for such a long time but he’s doing extra sessions with Mal Purchase,” said Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders. “But the vital thing is that he’s got a month to get himself fit. He didn’t have much chance to score tonight but he showed bits of class. He brings people into the game and turns away from people with the ball and his control is brilliant and he’ll play a vital part for is this season.”

Saunders admitted it was a game of two halves. “I thought we played really well in the first half but we gave the ball away a bit too much in the second half and fair play to Grimsby they could have buckled but they made a fight of it.”