DEAN Saunders knows it will take a lot of hard work to get keep Doncaster in the Championship but he insists his troops are up for the challenge after seeing them go down fighting against Millwall.
Top scorer Billy Sharp took his season’s tally to six goals with a double against the Lions, his first from the spot, but a double from Liam Trotter and a Darius Henderson header saw Rovers leave London with nothing to show for their efforts.
But despite seeing Habib Beye and Herold Goulon add to an already lengthy injury list, Doncaster fought right to the end with Sharp’s second coming with just minutes left and moments after Henderson had doubled Millwall’s lead.
And it is this never-say-die attitude that gives boss Saunders hope that a change in fortune is right around the corner for his basement boys.
“We are obviously disappointed to lose the game but I thought we played well and I am delighted with the effort my guys showed,” the Welshman said.
“Just when you thought that we had turned a corner with a cleansheet on Saturday we go and give away some horrendous goals from our point of view.
“We had enough chances to win the game and thought we played really well but the goals we gave away were from terrible mistakes and it is hard to eradicate them really.
“But everyone of them kept going right until the end and we have all seen those games end up 3-3 and at least they never packed in.
“The third goal we conceded was because Habib and Herold had come off and we were disorganised at the back which was unlucky really but we kept fighting, got another goal and went for a third.
“And the main thing is that my players never packed it in and that is key because things will turn around and we will win games but only if they have the drive and determination and if they had packed in I would have been worried but they didn’t so we are getting there.”