DONCASTER Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll saluted his players following their 1-0 victory at neighbours Sheffield United last night.
In front of a crowd of 5,002 at Bramall Lane, Rovers claimed the Yorkshire bragging rights after a superb long range strike from Simon Gillett in the 73rd minute saw the team bounce back in style from their disappointing showing at Carlisle United. O’Driscoll, who made 10 substitutions after the break, said: “We were excellent - nice and bright. We can get better on certain things but that was much better than Saturday where I thought we were poor and only played in fits and starts.”
With nine senior players sidelined by injury, O’Driscoll accepts the first three months of the forthcoming Championship season will be “difficult” for his side. He conceded: “Our squad is woefully thin.”
But O’Driscoll, the longest-serving manager in the second tier of English football, expects Dean Shiels and Tommy Spurr to shake off the minor knocks they sustained against United. He is running the rule over Lander, a Spanish midfielder who featured in the final half hour of yesterday’s friendly.
“He wants to try his hand in England,” said O’Driscoll. “He has apparently got offers to play in Spain but this is where everybody wants to play. He has trained with us a couple of days. We’ll see where that goes.”
Arsenal have confirmed that forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has joined side Ipswich Town in a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old - who had a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers two years ago and scored fives times in 14 appearances - has been with the Gunners since he was eight, helping them to FA Youth Cup triumph in 2009.