DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders described Peterborough United’s stoppage-time equaliser as being ‘like a bad dream.’
“The same thing (a stoppage-time goal) happened last week at Leeds,” he complained.
Rovers bossed the first half exchanges and took the lead on the stroke of half-time with a goal by Giles Barnes. They went close to a second in the 46th minute, but it was Peterborough who generally had the better of the game territorially after the break.
Critical of his side for not running down the clock in the five minutes of added time, Saunders denied that his side had sat back on their interval lead.
“They threw everything at us (in the second half),” he said. “They obviously score a lot of goals and it’s not very often that they go a game without scoring.
“They brought (striker) Tyrone Barnett on (midway through the second half) and he’s got a big future in front of him.
“He’s got an unbelievable leap and he started winning headers whereas we had been heading them back the other way in the first half.
“He started getting them back into the game with his headers and we ended not marking him in the box in the 93rd minute.
“They threw everything at us and they gambled and when we had the chances we missed.”
With several other results going against them, notably Nottingham Forest becoming the first side to win at Birmingham in the league this season, Rovers now find themselves six points adrift of the fourth-bottom club - though they do have two games in hand. But Saunders is not panicking.
“We set ourselves a target for the next three games and we can still get what we set out to do if we win the next two games, “ he said.
Saunders made four changes to his starting line-up and said he was pleased with how the players he had brought in performed.
“Shelton Martis and Habib Beye hadn’t played for a number of weeks but I stuck them in today and I thought that they did brilliant,” he said.
Saunders rewarded Mamadou Bagayoko, who scored two goals at Elland Road after coming off the bench, with a first start in a league match at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He looked a totally different player to the one who started against Notts County in the FA Cup last month, in what was his first competitive game for a number of months, and received a good ovation from home supporters when being substituted.
“He played well,” said Saunders.”He looked mobile and strong.”
Saturday’s game marked the end of Spurs’ keeper David Button’s second loan spell. The club were due to decide over the weekend whether to try and extend his loan or look at other options.