DONCASTER ROVERS: Safety first for Saunders

Rovers' manager Dean Saunders shouts out the orders against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' manager Dean Saunders shouts out the orders against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe

REACHING the League One safety buffer of 50 points is Doncaster Rovers’ primary objective this season, says boss Dean Saunders.

Saunders has seen the best and worst of his team this week as they eased to a third away win of the season at Leyton Orient before their stuttering home form continued in Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat to Preston North End.

And Rovers’ boss is keen to keep a lid on expectations.

Saunders said: “I’m hoping to get to 50 points as soon as possible.

“The danger when you’re relegated is that you can slip through two leagues, especially when you cut the budget by seventy per cent.

“It’s happened to bigger clubs than ourselves.

“You lose the supporters, they stop coming to games and you can end up in a right mess.

“So the aim is to just make sure we don’t go down again. Let’s see how quickly we can get to 50 points.

“The main thing is that I stabilise the club and rebuild the team on an affordable basis, so the three owners don’t have to keep putting their hands in their pockets.

“I’m determined to do that and to take this club forward.”

James Harper is likely to return to the squad for Saturday’s visit of Shrewsbury Town after spending Tuesday night on his sickbed, while Iain Hume is also set to return to the starting line-up.

Saunders said: “We missed Harper and Hume’s influence against Preston.

“There wasn’t an awful lot more I could do with the players I had available.

“I thought we might be a bit flat and that turned out to be the case.

“But saying that we still created enough chances to win four or five games .

“It was a bad night at the office for us.

“We have to re-group and make sure we beat Shrewsbury this weekend.”