KYLE Bennett made the most of his first chance to impress new Doncaster Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders at Championship level in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Peterborough United at London Road.
Saunders challenged players who had not featured in his first two games in charge to step up to the plate when they got their opportunity and he felt that the 20 year-old summer signing from Bury did just that.
Bennett replaced record signing Bill Sharp after an hour and made an immediate impact and scored the winning goal.
“He’s a talent and he’s sharp, said Saunders. “He’s also got a bit of strength and aggression about him. He looks a bit lightweight but he’s not.
“We got in behind them when he came on which we hadn’t been doing.”
“He played in the league for Bury last season and it’s done him a world of good. I certainly wouldn’t have liked to play against him and that’s how I judge players. In Kyle’s case I think would I like to play against him if I was a defender and I certainly wouldn’t. He’s one of those who could finish a defender’s career.”
Another striker to catch Saunders’ eye was on-loan Jon Parkin.
“He’s getting fitter and he’s probably added a bit of presence up there,” said the Rovers’ boss. “When the football’s not working we can get it up there and Jon can hold it up and we can play in there and we can play in their half of the pitch. He was also unlucky not to score.”
Despite seeing Rovers pick up seven points from his three games in charge, Saunders admits there is much work to be done during the international break.
One particular area of concern is Rovers first half performances in all three games.
“We made so many mistakes out there in the first half on Saturday,” he said.
“I don’t know what the reason is. We’ll have to take a look at it, but there’s lots of things to work on.
“There were a lot of things that went on out there on Saturday which amazed me.”
Saunders will also use the time, and the two practice games he has lined up, to boost Sharp’s fitness levels in the hope that he will be ready to fire on all cylinders against Leeds on Friday week.