ROVERS boss Dean Saunders hopes last month’s derby horror show at Barnsley will prove to be the turning point in Doncaster’s season.
Saunders reminded his players of the Oakwell debacle in the build-up to Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win at home to pre-season promotion favourites Leicester City.
He has also forced his squad to sit through a painstaking video replay of the 2-0 defeat to the Tykes - and reckons his players have learnt their lesson.
“Some times you have to take a bit of pain in order to move forward,” said Saunders.
“We went to Barnsley, lost 2-0 and got nowhere near them - and everybody’s learnt from that.
“I actually mentioned Barnsley before the game on Saturday.
“I said to them ‘don’t take a step back like we did at Barnsley’.
“It’s like when you concede from set pieces,” he added.
“If it happens, you highlight it and make sure it doesn’t happen for the rest of the season.
“You have to go through all the problems you have to make the team stronger.
“The lads are all aware of what our problems are - and against Barnsley a few of them came to the fore.
“So we sat and watched a DVD and I moaned at them for an hour.
“All of them have listened and hopefully they won’t do it again.”
Billy Sharp’s sensational second half double capped a brilliant Rovers fightback after David Nugent broke clear to put the Foxes ahead before the break.
The result lifted Doncaster to within two points of fourth bottom Bristol City going into the hectic festive period.
“It was great result for us, we needed the points,” said Saunders.
“The players worked their socks off to grind out a result and I’m delighted with all of them.”