Fans getting behind boss Saunders as Rovers rise

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MORE and more Doncaster Rovers fans seem to be buying into what manager Dean Saunders and his team are doing at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Just like his predecessor Sean O Driscoll, it has taken time for them to appreciate the job that he is doing.

Admittedly, the football may not be the pretty football we have been groomed on for the past few years. But football is a results-driven business, and who can argue with the points tally we already have and sitting in fifth in the league with a game in hand - most fans would have settled for that this early into the season.

Notts County, who were sat just one place above us before the game, were the latest victims. Our hosts were unable to break us down, or even threaten our goal in the first half despite a lot of possession and were then put in their places come the second half.

Dean had to make a half time substitution with Billy Paynter coming off after being sick during the game and at half-time. He brought on Chris Brown and he gave us the spark we needed.

The opening goal came from a surprise quarter with defensive midfielder Paul Keegan heading home in style.

Hopefully he can continue to steer clear of injuries and score a few more.

County were then killed off two minutes later when Brown’s shot sneaked in at the nearside post to send the 1,500 or so Rovers fans into ecstasy,

We got our first opportunity to see Sammy Clingan, who has been signed on a short-term contract, and Andy Griffin looked good when he also came on.

Things are beginning to look brighter and if we can achieve what we have already achieved without playing to our full potential, God help the other teams when we do.

This weekend sees us take a break from league action when we entertain Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup. Now doing well in Conference (North) Park Avenue are a former Football League team against whom Rovers have had many good games against.

It will be a hard task as we found when we played them at the Horsfall Stadium in pre-season when we had to come from 3-1 behind to draw 3-3.

Dean may rest a few players as we have had a hectic start to the season, and with not having a big squad he may give the likes of Jordan Ball the achance to push for a starting berth every week.

Both clubs have used common sense and set the prices at a realistic level in order to attract more fans.

It is only a tenner for adults with a £1 for kids - prices within most people’s budgets - and will hopefully attract a few more fans.

The Supporters’ Club launch their Christmas Raffle on Saturday and, weather permitting, I will be selling tickets outside the Belle Vue bar prior to kick-off. The Supporters’ Club handbooks for members should be out within the next couple of weeks.

There are still a few places for the weekend trip for the Bournemouth game (March 8-10).