Doncaster Rovers lack end product

Tough tussle: James Husband closes down Norwich City midfielder Jacob Butterfield.               Picture: PA

Tough tussle: James Husband closes down Norwich City midfielder Jacob Butterfield. Picture: PA

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DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders bemoaned his side’s wayward finishing as they crashed out of the Capital One Cup last night.

Alex Tettey, a Ghana-born Norway midfielder, signed from Rennes, scored for Norwich as Rovers failed in their bid to reach the last 16 of the tournament for the first time in seven years.

But they left Carrow Road with their heads held high after restricting the Premier League side to a 1-0 win.

Saunders had wanted to make it through to the fourth round and draw a big side at home and with last night’s winners being drawn at home against Spurs he would have got his wish.

“I don’t like losing,” said the Welshman, who has been in charge of the club just over a year, having replaced Sean O’Driscoll at the helm.

“If we had have been beaten 3-0 I would probably have taken it better,” he said. “But it was there (for the taking) but we didn’t have the killer instinct in front of goal. We must have created 10 chances - though I know they had some as well.”

Saunders took the opportunity to give players who have spent more time on the bench than on the field in recent weeks and said he was happy with the contribution made by players such as Shelton Martis, Iain Hume and Robbie Blake.

Looking ahead to the next couple of days, he said: “I’ve got to lift the players because we’ve got a big game at Leyton Orient on Saturday and Preston at home on Tuesday.”

“We are stopping in Norwich for the next couple of days and we’ll put a recovery programme in place tomorrow and we’ll train at the hotel on Friday.”

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of former Norwich manager John Bond, who has died aged 79.