coming to the crunch

Former Rovers boss Dean Saunders.
Former Rovers boss Dean Saunders.
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DEPARTED Dean Saunders is rooting for Doncaster Rovers and says ‘crunch time’ is looming in the club’s quest for promotion.

The new Wolves boss may have gone, and now faces the difficult job of lifting a Molineux outfit low on confidence, but he has not forgotten what he left behind at the Keepmoat Stadium.

And Saunders reckons things are about to get interesting in the League One promotion race.

Title-chasing Doncaster, who are without a fixture this weekend, face no fewer than 13 games during an intense eight-week period over February and March as they bid to accelerate away from the chasing pack.

In a tough-looking climax to the season, Rovers will go up against Tranmere, Brentford and Swindon - the sides currently occupying first, third and fourth place respectively - in April.

Saunders says it’s vital Rovers, who have won nine of their last 12 league games to move six points clear of third spot, don’t take their foot off the pedal when they return to action at Bury next weekend, and over the coming weeks.

“I’m confident they can do it,” said Saunders.

“But the other teams in the division are strengthening. Bournemouth have just spent a load more money.

“They have got to keep on churning out the results because it will come to crunch time in six to seven games time down the road.

“At that point there will be games they have got to win and then you will find out how good the squad is.”

Saunders left for sleeping giants Wolves on good terms with Rovers’ hierarchy and has mentioned Doncaster in several television interviews since his shock move to the Midlands club.

“I am still looking out for their results,” he told The Star. “I spent a lot of time and energy all summer getting that group together and

“I was sad to leave them but I couldn’t turn the Wolves job down.

“They don’t come around that often in your career.

“It is precarious being a manager so I didn’t feel I could turn it down.

“I am just sad I left them.

“I was sad to leave the directors too,” he added. “They were three good people to work with. I also had a good relationship with Gavin [chief executive Gavin Baldwin] and all the players and staff.”