Wide boys make their mark on Saunders

El Hadji Diouf celebrates one of two goals at Ipswich with his teammates. Picture: Steve Uttley.
El Hadji Diouf celebrates one of two goals at Ipswich with his teammates. Picture: Steve Uttley.
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WING commanders James Coppinger and George Friend have given Dean Saunders plenty of food for thought.

Coppinger was recalled to the starting line-up for Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Ipswich and repaid his manager’s faith by expertly laying on goals for El Hadji Diouf and Billy Sharp.

Skipper Friend, meanwhile, impressed in a more advanced role on the left side of midfield as Saunders switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation.

The pair impressed Saunders but Rovers’ boss admitted he’s still searching for the perfect formula.

Saunders said: “I’m still juggling things around looking for the best formula and trying to fit the players in the best positions.

“I knew Copps would come in and work hard - he had a good week’s training behind him.

“I knew George would do a job on the left side of midfield too.

“They’re both trying really hard, they’re fed up of losing and want to be part of a winning outfit.

“They did well, they worked really hard - and so did the two midfield players [Brian Stock and Simon Gillett].”