DONCASTER ROVERS: We are still in the hunt

El Hadji Diouf is blocked by Paul Konchelsky
El Hadji Diouf is blocked by Paul Konchelsky
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DEAN Saunders is urging Doncaster Rovers to get their survival bid back on track at home to Burnley this afternoon.

The South Yorkshire outfit entertain the Clarets looking to make amends following a 4-0 drubbing at Leicester City last weekend.

Goals from Danny Drinkwater, Lee Peltier, Ben Marshall and Paul Gallagher sentenced Rovers to a fifth defeat in six matches and extended their winless run to eight.

With Bristol City beating fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest in Saturday’s late kick-off, Saunders troops are eight points shy of safety with five to play. Because they boast the worst goal difference in the division, they effectively trail the Robins, who are in 21st position, by nine.

But despite suffering their biggest defeat of the season at the King Power Stadium, Rovers chief Saunders is refusing to write off their chances of beating the drop.

For inspiration, the Welshman has pointed to when Bradford pulled off the great escape and retained their status in the Premier League in 2000. Saunders led the line for the Bantams, who stayed up at the expense of Wimbledon on the final day of the season after beating Liverpool.

He said: “If we win all our remaining games, that gives us 15 points and who is to say the teams above us are going to win? They might not win another game. I remember playing for Bradford in the Premier League and Wimbledon lost nine of the last 10 league games of the season and got relegated. We won three out of our last 10 so it can still be done.

“We have to keep fighting and believing. I knew it was going to be a tough job. We had one point from seven games when I came in. We have picked up 17 results but we have drawn too many.”

He admitted: “We have hit a bad run of results at the wrong time.”

El Hadji Diouf and Frederic Piquionne hobbled off with hamstring problems at Leicester, meaning Saunders could be poised into re-shuffling his pack. Kyle Bennett and Chris Brown are on standby should the duo be not passed fit to play.

Saunders said: “I feel sorry for the supporters. They have had a lot of agony over the last couple of years and I am determined to turn it around.”