King Billy: Saunders backs tragedy-stricken Sharp

Billy Sharp in tribute to his son Louie. Picture: Steve Uttley
Billy Sharp in tribute to his son Louie. Picture: Steve Uttley

DEAN Saunders has backed Billy Sharp to bounce back stronger than ever from the tragic death of his newborn son.

Sharp scored one of the most emotional goals in Doncaster Rovers’ history against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and dedicated his wonder strike to his two-day-old son Luey who died on Saturday.

The Teessiders fought back to win 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium – leaving Rovers bottom of the Championship and without a win in five.

But all the recent drama on and off the pitch at Doncaster, which included the arrival of two-time African Footballer of the Year El Hadji Diouf earlier this week, has been put into perspective by Sharp’s pain.

Saunders, however, has backed Rovers’ record signing to bounce back from the worst week of his life.

“I know the finer details of what happened and it’s worse than you think,” said Saunders.

“It was the funeral on Wednesday and he’s going to have a lot of pain for a long time – but you have to learn to live with it I suppose.

“The best thing he can do is come into training every day and get out on the football pitch.

“Hopefully Billy can turn over a new leaf now and get on with on his life.”

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