Club moving in right direction under Saunders

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DONCASTER Rovers remain in the Championship relegation zone - though they did climb off the bottom - despite beating Southampton at the Keepmoat Stadium last Saturday.

On the face of it little has changed since former Wrexham boss Dean Saunders took over from Sean O’Driscoll two months ago with Rovers climbing just one place in 13 games.

But if there was a league table reflecting Saunders time at the helm, it would tell a different story.

Instead of being second bottom they would be four places higher having picked up 15 points from his time in charge - the same number as Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Millwall.

That is only one point less from the same number of games than seventh-placed Brighton.

Having inherited a team which had picked up only one point in its first seven games, Saunders has steered Rovers to wins at Peterborough and Ipswich - which he still rates the best performance of his time in charge - and home wins over Crystal Palace and the Saints.

Apart from the 3-0 home defeat against Leeds United and the 2-0 defeat at Barnsley - which must go down as the club’s worst display of the season - Rovers have competed in the rest of the games since Saunders took over.

They could have picked up a point at home to Middlesbrough and at Blackpool and had the chances to improve on the 0-0 draw at home to Watford.

West Ham, fifth when Saunders took over, have picked up the most points (26) in his time at the Keepmoat and have climbed to second.

Southampton have been top for 13 games but Cardiff have climbed three places to third. Leeds have moved up six places to fifth.

Burnley have made the most progress, climbing 11 places with Barnsley having climbed seven places

Brighton are down four places but the biggest fallers are Derby County, who have dropped 11 places.

Other teams to fare badly are Peterborough (down six) and Coventry City (down four).

Based on the results since Saunders took charge West Ham (P 13 Pts 26) would be top followed by Cardiff ( 13 25), Leeds (3 24), Southampton (13 24), Barnsley (13 23), Burnley (14 20), and Reading (13 20).

Coventry (14 8) would prop up the table with Derby County (13 10) and Ipswich (13 14) also occupying the bottom three.