Saunders happy despite Birmingham defeat

Rovers' boss Dean Saunders shouts instrutions to his players against Coventry City at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers' boss Dean Saunders shouts instrutions to his players against Coventry City at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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DEAN Saunders is pleased with the fighting spirit his side has shown in recent weeks - and says his players believe they can beat anyone in the Championship.

Rovers let a goal lead slip to lose at Birmingham and face another stiff test this weekend when big-spending Leicester City arrive at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But Saunders insists there are plenty of positives to take from the last few games - even if Doncaster’s points return might not match their efforts.

Saunders said: “We’re in good shape - we’re going into games feeling we can beat anyone.

“When we were 3-1 down at Millwall a couple of weeks ago we didn’t just pack in.

“We managed to get a goal back and I knew that going into the Southampton game we had a chance of getting something because of the way we kept on going.

“Then we took that into the game on Saturday.

“We’ve had a tough game at the weekend and we’ve got a tough game against Leicester coming up but there are lots of positives about our play at the moment.

“I’m pleased with how the team’s looking,” he added.

“All the lads played well and they defended well - blocking shots and working hard for the cause.

“Carl Ikeme’s been brilliant since he came in and you can’t legislate for the mistake, and Birmingham’s second goal was probably a little bit too easy.

“But I’m pleased with how we’re shaping up.”

Injured duo Pascal Chimbonda (hip) and El Hadji Diouf (hamstring) have an outside chance of being fit in time to face the Foxes.