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Meeting fire with fire: Rovers manager Dean Saunders will take Southampton head on today.

Meeting fire with fire: Rovers manager Dean Saunders will take Southampton head on today.

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DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders is set to take on leaders Southampton at their own game in today’s top-versus-bottom Championship clash against leaders Southampton at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Saints are the top scorers in the division with 42 - striker Rickie Lambert leading the way with 12 - and have forged a reputation for playing attacking football on their return to the second tier of English football.

“They play from the back and if that doesn’t work they hit Lambert and play off him,” said Saunders.

“With his record of scoring penalties (he’s scored 21 from as many attempts since joining the club) we’ve got to make sure that we don’t give any penalties away.

“They are going to come out and have a real go at us but we’ll meet fire with fire,” said Saunders. “But we’ll have to make sure that we don’t get caught on the counter attack

“They are a good team and they’ve got lots of points in the bag because they’ve beaten most teams. But Bristol City beat them last weekend and I’m going into the game thinking that we can win.

“But they’ve got a winning mentality following their promotion last season and what sometimes happens is that you carry it over to the following season.

“They’ve got a good manager and they’ve got some good players. They’ve spent money and they’ll be spending more.

“They are a big club and they’ve got big support and it is hard for us to compete with them financially.

“But we’ve got a good team and we’ve got some good players. I’ve just got to try and get them on a winning run.

“We were sick after the Millwall defeat but I came in on Wednesday and took the youth team and they won 7-0 against an Australian team so that cheered me up.

“The players came in Thursday and I went through one or two things with with them and we’ve got to take those things into our game.”

Despite having brought Lamine Diatta in this week and having others lined up to come in during the January window, Saunders doesn’t rule out adding to his squad before the end of the year.

“If anyone becomes available who is out of contract who we think could do us a job we’ll try and bring them in,” he pledged. “We need some help.

“We have got one of the smallest budgets in the league and there are no two ways about it we are fighting for our lives. We’ve gone down this route (of bringing in Premier League players on loan) and we’ve got some good players and once they start gelling we’ll start to win.

“We need to get three or four wins quickly, which we are capable of doing. We just need to cut out the unforced individual errors.”

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