Three is the magic number for Rovers

FAB DEBUT: Winger Fabien Robert impressed on his first Rovers start at Crystal Palace. Pictures: Steve Uttley.

FAB DEBUT: Winger Fabien Robert impressed on his first Rovers start at Crystal Palace. Pictures: Steve Uttley.

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DEAN Saunders believes Rovers must win three straight matches if they are to be successful in their battle against the drop.

Rovers slumped to the foot of the Championship table despite a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

And Saunders has urged his players to turn good performances into wins and stop making the task in hand more difficult.

He said: “We’ve got to get results because we’re just making it harder for ourselves.

“It was a disappointing result for us at Palace, especially after the way we played, and the game was there for the taking.

“We could have been 5-0 up after five minutes and we made a good team struggle.

“But for all the football, all that matters is what goes on in the box and we didn’t do enough.

“We’re still fighting like mad, I’m just disappointed we’re not getting rewarded.

“But we’re still in it.

“We’ve got to go and win three games on the trot and it’d give us a great chance.”

While Rovers could call upon long term injury casualties Paul Keegan, Chris Brown and George Friend at Selhurst Park, Pascal Chimbonda was forced off with a hamstring strain before the break while Shelton Martis was injured in the warm-up with Habib Beye drafted in to the squad at late notice.

Saunders has urged his walking wounded to play through the pain barrier over the crucial final month of the campaign.

He said: “If you keep working hard in any job and you put your head down things will turn out right for you in the end.

“Walk through all the pain and the aggro and you’ll come out the other side stronger.

“We’ve got to do that and the lads have shown they’re willing to do it.

“I wanted to give Habib Beye a rest because his ankle is sore and we’ve got the game with Birmingham on Friday but I’ve had to pull him out of the crowd and throw him in there without a warm-up.

“It’s been a nightmare situation with injuries since I arrived and just when you think it’s getting better something else crops up.

“But we’ll get our heads down and keep on fighting.”

Saunders praised Chris Brown who scored after coming off the bench.

“When you put subs on you want them to have an impact and Chris Brown did that,” he said.

“He put himself about, looked dangerous and I thought he did great.”