mind how you go, bennett

Talented player: Rovers wing ace Kyle Bennett
Talented player: Rovers wing ace Kyle Bennett
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THE last time Doncaster Rovers played today’s visitors Peterborough United, Kyle Bennett proved their match-winner. But the speedy midfielder doesn’t even know if he will be in Dean Saunders’ squad for the return.

He wasn’t in the squad for last weekend’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road and faces an anxious wait today to see whether he will be included in the 16-man team to tackle the Posh.

“He’s got a bright future ahead of him if he applies himself properly,” said Saunders. “You can have all the talent in the world, but if you are not right mentally then you aren’t going to be a footballer.

“I’m working on that side of his game with him now. Getting him to fit into a formula and being more consistent. There is more to it than just running around, beating people and crossing balls. I don’t think some people realise how much hard work goes into it.

“I’m trying to teach him how to become a top professional; how to be a team player and to know where to be at the right time and to be organised.

“You’ve got to have an idea how he is going to play and he’s got to be more consistent. Once he gets that into his game then there are going to be a lot of clubs interested in him. He’s got lots of positives and he’s really talented, quick and unplayable at times. But if his mind is somewhere else then he’s easy to play against.”

For his part, Bennett said: “I’m only 21, and this is my first season at this level, and I’m still learning.”