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DONCASTER ROVERS: Six of best on the road

Match winner: Iain Hume battles for the ball with Brian Howard at Fratton Park

Match winner: Iain Hume battles for the ball with Brian Howard at Fratton Park

  • by Steve Hossack Doncaster Rovers
 

DONCASTER Rovers will travel up to face Carlisle at Brunton Park tomorrow buoyed by their 1-0 win at Portsmouth on Saturday.

On-loan striker Iain Hume, who the club still hope to sign from Preston North End on a permanent basis, scored the only goal of the game to secure Rovers only their second win at Fratton Park.

Rovers had to endure a few anxious moments in the second half before they were able to celebrate a win after back-to-back home defeats.

But manager Dean Saunders claimed that Rovers should have had the game wrapped up long before Pompey’s leading scorer Izale McLeod shot over with only keeper Gary Woods to beat late on.

“We should have killed them off before then,” he said. “We had loads of chances half way through the second half. We had loads of balls going into their box and we’ve not capitalised and gone 2-0 up.

“Some of the football we played at times was excellent, but we made some mistakes and we can still get better. But it’s a another great win and thats six wins and two draws from nine away games.

“I’d just like to win more home games for our supporters who come and watch us at the Keepmoat Stadium. I’d like us to send them home having seen us win more often, but it will come.

“Although we lost at home to Bournemouth last week it was a solid performance and it was just a goalkeeping error which cost us.

“We’ve got a strong base - the back-four defended well again - and the goalkeeper has done well behind them. The midfielders have put the effort in and the two strikers worked hard.

“So we’ve got most of it right and I’ve just got to get the balance right so that we keep the ball for longer spells.

“We let them come at us and we tried to hit them on the break. I’d like us to keep the ball a little bit better when we do break and finish teams off.”

Skipper Rob Jones made a telling return to the side and showed no mental scars after being knocked unconscious in his last game.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him,” said Saunders. “He’s done brilliantly since he’s been here and got us so many points on his own and he drives the rest of them on.”

Results of a second scan on defender Jamie McCombe’s back have revealed that the hairline fracture of his spine has healed with the result that he can step up his training and Saunders hopes to have him available for selection in the not too distant future,

Right-back Paul Quinn will have further tests today on the problem will led to him being left out on Saturday.

 

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