DONCASTER ROVERS: Martin Woods faces fitness test

Fitness fight: Martin Woods is a doubt after picking up an injury on Wednesday.            Picture: Steve ellis
Fitness fight: Martin Woods is a doubt after picking up an injury on Wednesday. Picture: Steve ellis
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DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders will be checking on midfielder Martin Woods at today’s training session at their Norwich hotel ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the capital to take on in-form Leyton Orient.

“Woodsy twisted his ankle in the first half of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third round tie at Carrow Road and that’s why I brought him off early in the second half,” said Saunders. “There was no point risking making it worse when there were fit players on the bench looking to get on,” said Saunders. “I don’t think it is too bad but we’ll see how he is. “

Saunders will also run the rule over striker Billy Paynter. The former Leeds United man travelled down to East Anglia with the rest of the squad on Wednesday but didn’t feature.

“Hopefully Billy will be okay to play some part in tomorrow’s game, but if he isn’t quite ready we aren’t going to rush him back,” said Saunders. “We have to give his thigh injury time to heal if it’s not right.” Looking ahead to the game at Brisbane Road, Saunders warned: “It will be a tough game; they’ve been scoring a few goals.

“We are away from home and we’ve got to make sure that we don’t beat ourselves.

“We’ve got to make sure that we don’t give the ball away and that we make them work.

“We’ve got to be resolute, which we have been this season, and we’ve got to take our chances.

“We are creating a lot of chances because of the way we play, but if you don’t bury them you can get caught on the break and then you are relying on your two centre-backs and keeper to get you out of trouble.

“This is a tough league and one of my main criticisms of Wednesday night was that we never turned it into an ugly match. There are different ways of winning a football match; you can pass the ball around, which is obviously the best way, and score some goals. But if teams stop you doing that then you have match them and try and beat them in a different way.”