Rovers vow to keep on fighting

Dean Saunders the only way is up
Dean Saunders the only way is up
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DONCASTER boss Dean Saunders stressed his players won’t stop grafting in their bid to avoid Championship relegation.

James Coppinger’s 73rd minute equaliser cancelled out Kevin Nolan’s ninth minute opener as Rovers deservedly came from behind to snatch a point away to the title-chasing West Ham.

“They will probably get promoted, but they can’t always have it their way. There’s some tough sides in this division,” said Saunders.

“We’re fighting for our lives. We’ve got players who are fighting.

“The players know how important it is to stay up because you’re money gets cut.

“We need to win six of our last games if we’re going to stay up. We could have been halfway up the table if we’d had a bit of luck.

“I was proud of all the players. Sometimes you cringe watching them, but not after that performance.”

Saunders, whose side entertain high-flying Reading tomorrow night, has challenged his players to be more clinical to ensure they retain their Championship status.

“Missing chances has been our Achilles heel. Looking back we should have won the last nine games but haven’t because missed chances have cost us,” he said. “We’re fighting for our lives and some of those players are fighting for their careers.

“I’ve asked them who they would rather play, the teams coming down from the Premier League next season or the teams coming up from League Two.

“Unfortunately we just haven’t had that little bit of luck which probably would have seen us sitting in mid-table now, rather than in the bottom three.”