DONCASTER ROVERS: Saunders frustrated by impromptu break

MORE HARM THAN GOOD: Dean Saunders believes his side's impromptu break could have more of a negative effect than a positive one. Picture: Andrew Roe.
MORE HARM THAN GOOD: Dean Saunders believes his side's impromptu break could have more of a negative effect than a positive one. Picture: Andrew Roe.

dEAN Saunders believes the enforced two week break may have done more harm than good to his Rovers squad.

Oldham Athletic opted to postpone last weekend’s scheduled clash at the Keepmoat due to international call ups.

And while Rovers’ small squad had the opportunity to heal wounds, Saunders is more frustrated than pleased.

He said: “You end up with a situation where all that you’ve planned to do becomes a waste of time.

“We have programmes worked out weeks in advance but when a game gets called off like that, it just all goes to waste.

“Also, you’ve got to work really hard to make sure the players don’t switch off.

“They can easily fall into that ‘break’ mentality and take their eye off the ball.

“We’ve got this really tough period coming up where it’s Saturday-Tuesday games for the next three weeks and you’ve got to be at your best mentally for that.

“It’s been like starting all over again getting ready for this weekend.”

The break has allowed Saunders to further analyse mistakes made as he prepares for the hectic period.

He said: “There’s been no doubt that mistakes have cost us so far this season.

“We’ve won four out of six games which we’re delighted with but mistakes in the other two cost us.

“We’ve had the opportunity to look at certain things and put the work in so I’ll be expecting to see improvement there.”

Rovers travel to Colchester United on Saturday (3pm).