Doncaster Rovers trio’s fitness race

Midfield ace: Martin Woods is  hoping to line-up against the Glovers.                                    Picture: steve ellis
Midfield ace: Martin Woods is hoping to line-up against the Glovers. Picture: steve ellis

DONCASTER Rovers will be looking to get back on track in League One, following their 1-0 home defeat by Crawley, in tomorrow’s game against Yeovil at Huish Park.

But Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his side.

“I’m expecting a tough game,” he said. “They are a strong side and very mobile and they’ve not lost a game in the league yet.

“But we’ve got everything to match them. I’ve got a group of players who are confident and physically we are fine which we weren’t last year. This season we’ve got strong men who want to win.

“It’s a long way down there and I think that we are going to leave a bit earlier today after training so that we get past Birmingham and Bristol before the rush hour traffic so that we are not on the bus any longer than we need to be.”

Saunders lacked the services of leading scorer Chris Brown, in-form Kyle Bennett and Martin Woods in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup second round tie against Hull City, but he expects them all to train today and to be available for selection.

Billy Paynter and David Cotterill will also come back into contention to start the game after being ‘rested’ on the bench in the 3-2 win over the Tigers.

The Doncaster boss said last night that he was keeping his fingers crossed than no-one comes in with a bid for any of his leading players ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

James Coppinger, thought to be the highest paid player on the club’s books following the departure of several senior players in recent weeks, has been linked with several clubs of late but no-one has made a formal approach for the 31 year-old winger.

But it is not just Coppinger who Saunders feels could go today, and says the uncertainty is hampering his efforts to strengthen his squad.

“Somebody might make an offer for someone I don’t expect and then everything changes because I might need another player in their position,” he said.

Saunders has a short-list of players he’d like to bring in ahead of the 11pm deadline - one of whom he admits is former Barnsley striker Ian Hume.