Sam’s happy to help out

Back in favour: Sam Hird has established himself in Doncaster Rovers side in recent weeks.
Back in favour: Sam Hird has established himself in Doncaster Rovers side in recent weeks.
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DEFENDER Sam Hird has admitted that he might well have left Doncaster Rovers in the recent transfer window but for a change of manager.

Hird had been left out of the side by Sean O’Driscoll and was amongst the substitutes when Dean Saunders arrived as boss in late September.

“I would probably have looked to leave in January if I’d not been playing under the previous manager,” he said.

“But I have been given a chance and have had a run of games now and it is really pleasing to get a succession of games together under my belt. It helps if you can have the same back four for a few games and we have had a settled defence, indeed back five for a few games.

“It certainly helps in developing understanding and certainly I’m pleased we’ve had some clean sheets recently.”

Hird has been one of the constants in the Rovers side recently and boss Saunders has named him in the last 11 matches.

Rovers boss Saunders said: “If defenders keep getting through games without making a lot of mistakes then they are going to stay in.

“If they keep making mistakes then they won’t be in and I’ll get somebody in who will do the job. Yes, mistakes happen but I don’t want to be giving teams points which we have done in the past.

“If teams beat us, they will have to play well and if they do that and score a great goal then you have to hold your hands up.”

Rovers have no match today after their clash at Crystal Palace was called off yesterday lunchtime because of a frozen pitch. It is the second successive Saturday Rovers have had their match postponed due to bad weather. Their home engagement with Reading also fell victim to the weather last weekend.

No new date has yet been given for the rearranged fixture with Palace.

Rovers have not won on the road since mid-November when they defeated Ipswich Town 3-2 and Saunders is ordering his players to be mentally stronger away from the Keepmoat Stadium to cure their travel sickness.

“We’ve got to go away from home and be stronger in the brain and harder to beat,” the Welshman acknowledged.

Rovers youth team match with Notts County has also been called off because of a frozen pitch.