DONCASTER ROVERS: Kyle Bennett’s glad to be back

Back after a knee injury: Doncaster Rovers tricky winger Kyle Bennett.                       Picture: dean atkins
Back after a knee injury: Doncaster Rovers tricky winger Kyle Bennett. Picture: dean atkins
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BY his own admission Doncaster Rovers star Kyle Bennett wasn’t fully fit in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at the County Ground.

But the 22 year-old winger, who was back in action a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, hopes to be firing on all cylinders in Saturday’s home game against Coventry City.

“I will have had a full weeks’ training by the time we play them on Saturday so I should be there or thereabouts by then,” he told The Star.

“I had only trained twice with the team, Thursday and Friday, after six weeks out with a knee ligament injury so I was probably only 90 per cent fit against Swindon,” he said. “I’d also had a couple of injections in the joint during the week.”

“I thought I did okay on Saturday, especially early on, but I was probably ready to come off when the manager substituted me just before the hour mark.

“But it was good to be back because it has been frustrating being out as I like to play every game that I can and help out the team.”

Bennett admits he could hardly have picked a tougher game in which to make his return to action - a decision forced on manager Dean Saunders by a lack of cover on Rovers’ left flank.

“Swindon were a decent side and probably the best we’ve played this season,” he said. “It was certainly a hard-earned point.

“We just tried to shut up shop after I’d gone off and play for the draw, though we thought that we might get the chance to nick a goal like we did in the 2-1 win at Tranmere, when Iain Hume scored the winner in stoppage time.

“But Swindon put us under a lot of pressure and they’ll probably think that they deserved to win.

“Although we were happy to come away with a point in the circumstances, we go into every game looking to win it and that was the case on Saturday.

“We’ve now got successive home games starting with Coventry and followed by MK Dons the weekend after and we’ll be looking to pick up six points from the two games to take us into the festive programme in good spirits.

“We aren’t looking any further than the Coventry game at this moment in time. They came down with us last season but they haven’t done as well as we have so far But we won’t be treating them lightly as our home record hasn’t been as good as our away form.”