September 2 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Doncaster boss Dean Saunders wants to cap his first year in charge by causing a Capital One Cup shock against the Canaries.
Saunders’ era began in style with a 1-0 league win over Crystal Palace but the Welshman was unable to halt Rovers’ slide into League One.
Rovers head to Norfolk in mid-table at present but took a higher league scalp when they knocked out Steve Bruce’s Hull in the previous round.
The former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker knows restoring Doncaster’s league status is the top priority, and he believes they are on the right track.
“I knew that there was a big job to be done when I first came here,” he said. “The club were favourites to be relegated before a ball was kicked and they were odds-on when I took over ;being bottom with only one point from seven games and not having won a game since March.
“We went down a particular route to try and keep the club in the league but I knew that if it didn’t work out, and we didn’t stay in the Championship, that I was going to do what I have had to do in the summer. I took the job on those terms and I got my head down and got stuck into it and we’ll get it right. We are heading in the right direction and everybody who takes a wage from the club is now working hard and that wasn’t the case when I first arrived. There were too many people who were complacent after having had the same manager for five years. I’ve had to rebuild the club and in addition to cutting the playing budget, I’ve also got rid of people behind the scenes. Everybody at the club knows their job, know what I expect of them, and they are all working their socks off.”
Saunders gave many of his fringe players a run out in a behind-closed-doors practice match on Monday. Midfielder Martin Woods is a doubt after suffering a knee injury in the 1-1 weekend draw at Stevenage. Defender Rob Jones is on the cusp of a one-match suspension if he picks up a booking at Carrow Road.