DONCASTER ROVERS: More to come says Deano

Praised defence: Rovers manager Dean Saunders
Praised defence: Rovers manager Dean Saunders
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DONCASTER Rovers completed a hat-trick of league wins for the first time since the 2009-10 Championship campaign with a 2-0 victory against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Rovers third win in eight days, against sides all expected to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, saw them climb above the Magpies into fifth spot just four points behind leaders Tranmere with a game in hand.

But Rovers boss Dean Saunders claims that there is more to come.

“I said to the players after the game that we still aren’t playing well,” he said. “We won 2-0 against a really good team but we are still not playing as well as we can and we can do a lot better.

“Defensively we were tremendous. Everybody tried and they all knew what they were doing but the ball is still coming into our box a little bit too easy for me and we’ve had to make some desperate headers at the end.”

There was plenty for Saunders to be pleased about, however, after seeing his side bank all three points in a game which he had predicted would be one of the club’s toughest of the season.

“We just had to be solid and not give them anything and not makes mistakes and I told the players at half-time that it was only a matter of time before we’d score,” he said.

“Paul Keegan wasn’t supposed to be where he was - he should have been in front of the two centre-backs - but he found his way into the box and it was a good goal.

“David Syers broke down the right and picked out Paul in the box. He’s come in for the injured David Cotterill and did a good job for us.”

Substitute Chris Brown made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later.

Saunders said: “Billy Paynter was sick after about five minutes and it was bad at half-time so I decided to take him off. Luckily Chris Brown, who had been struggling all week, was fit and he came on and scored a goal and made an impact.

“Paul Quinn had also been struggling all week and I didn’t think he was going to play.”

The game marked the debut of new signing Sammy Clingan: “He’s a really good footballer,” said Saunders. “I think he can see that we are a good outfit and that the club is going in the right direction.

“I’ve been tracking him since July and he’s agreed to sign on a month-to-month basis. When he is, he’ll play a major role for us.”