Rovers use 29 players in bid to find way forward


NEARLY three months into the season and Doncaster Rovers have used 29 players in the Championship.

It is the highest number in the division and the lack of continuity in selection has undoubtedly hindered their progress.

A lengthy injury list has forced Sean O’Driscoll and Dean Saunders to repeatedly alter the starting line-up.

El-Hadji Diouf became the latest player to don the red and white hoops jersey on Tuesday and boss Saunders is expected to add to his squad during the international break. So far, Saunders has lured Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda, Herita Ilunga and Chris Kirkland to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Injury cut short Kirkland’s loan spell after one outing, prompting Saunders to start Neil Sullivan again in between the sticks. Diouf, Chimbonda and Ilunga are earning less than £2,000 a week and were persuaded to join Saunders’ revolution by agent Willie McKay, who has exclusive control over all transfer dealings at Rovers.

Plus, the affable Welshman has Martin Woods nearing a first-team comeback and the classy midfield operator is likely to be involved in the first-team set-up when he regains full fitness.

“I’m learning all the time,” said Saunders. “All the players have had a go in the time I have been here.

“I’ved used too many players but I’ve had to do that because I thought we might have to take a step back to go forward. I have done it on purpose as I needed to see what I’ve got.

“I have now got a better idea of the strength of the team.

“We got three results quickly which helped and I have ended up going back to the team I started with and that’s how you learn.

“The players can’t say I haven’t given them a chance.”