Ryan On The Record: Rovers chairman John Ryan writes exclusively for the Free Press

John Ryan
John Ryan

ALL I can say is what a start to Dean Saunders’ reign!

Seven points from three games has lifted us out of the bottom three and given us renewed hope that we can now continue to climb the Championship table.

Peterborough were far the better team in the first half and, had it not been for the in-form Neil Sullivan, we could have been two or three down by half time. To go in 1-0 down was quite a relief.

The second half was a different story and the players, in searing heat, turned in a great performance highlighted by a magnificent goal from Brian Stock, probably one of the best he has ever scored for us.

It also turned out that we scored a second goal earlier than we thought, via Jon Parkin when his superb curled shot hit the underside of the bar.

The freeze-framers among us clearly saw it was over the line but unfortunately the people that matter did not realise it at the time.

However, a shrewd substitution did lead to a second from Kyle Bennett, an opportunistic goal after a great run into the box.

He had a great game after coming on for Billy Sharp and terrorised the Posh defence with his electric pace and silky skills.

I must say we had to withstand a keen fightback from the home side who twice hit the woodwork, but we held on for three points and it seems at long last Lady Luck is on our side.

On Friday week we have a massive home game with Leeds United and we are desperately keen to win and also keep this unbeaten run going.

I just hope the Doncaster public come out to support us.

In the past week we have made some big name signings as we think things through laterally to compete with the Championship big guns and every other club in this difficult league.

There is a different strategy now in the club as we take on the opposition and start looking at the other end of the table and not at the foot of it.

The Championship this season is very competitive and gets harder each season.

The way things were going it seemed inevitable at some stage that we would be relegated.

This radical re-think now in operation has every chance of working.

Rovers Till I Die, John Ryan

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