Saunders: A good cup run can help us

Rovers' David Syers (l) celebrates his first with James Coppinger against Hull. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' David Syers (l) celebrates his first with James Coppinger against Hull. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER Rovers’ stirring Capital One Cup comeback against Hull City could be worth two new players to the club, according to boss Dean Saunders.

Tuesday night’s spirited fightback saw Rovers reach the third round of the competition for the first time since 2006.

The result could be worth up to £150,000 in revenue if Rovers land a plumb tie in this evening’s third round draw.

Saunders said: “If we get a good draw then the owners might give me some money to get two players in.

“I’d like another home draw against a side from the lower divisions. Let’s see how far we can get.

“I was fortunate to win this competition as a player and there can be lots of twists and turns.

“Winning breeds confidence and the lads are in good spirits going to Yeovil this weekend.”

Emergency striker Dave Syers started and finished the comeback against Hull, lashing home a memorable 25-yard volley and converting James Coppinger’s last minute cross either side of Rob Jones’ deft equaliser.

“Dave Syers running the length of the pitch to get on the end of Coppinger’s cross epitomised what we’re about,” said Saunders.

“We started the game poorly but once we got a goal the players showed some belief and character.

“This group of players want to fight for the club. In the past we had players who went missing.”

Saunders will wait on the future of Coppinger - with Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline looming - before making any move to bolster his squad.

Leeds United are thought to be considering a last minute bid for the 31-year-old forward, while Hull boss Steve Bruce may yet move for Coppinger if he fails to lure Sunderland pair David Meyler and Ahmed Elmohamady to the KC Stadium.

Chris Brown, Kyle Bennett and Martin Woods, who all missed Tuesday night with dead legs, should be fit to return to the squad at Yeovil on Saturday.”