DONCASTER ROVERS: Deano blast for referee

Push claim: Substitute David Syers was unlucky not to win a penalty.               Picture: Steve parkin
Push claim: Substitute David Syers was unlucky not to win a penalty. Picture: Steve parkin

DEAN Saunders felt his side were hard done to by the referee in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

He argued after the game that Rovers should have had a late penalty following a foul on substitute David Syers.

“It was a blatant push on David Syers,” claimed Saunders.

“He was just about to head the ball and the lad has pushed him in the back.

“I’ve seen it on the DVD and it’s a blatant penalty.”

Saunders admitted that he was disappointed that Rovers hadn’t tested former England keeper David James more, but added: “They are a good team and obviously the good teams who come here can defend, just like we do away.

“The goal that they scored was just one of those things which happen now and again to a goalkeeper.

“The players gave it their best shot but we weren’t able to cut them to shreds mainly because of the way they defended; they kept Chris Brown and Billy Paynter quiet.”

Saunders said there had been no more developments in the bid to sign Iain Hume permanently but paid tribute to the striker: “Hume played well and had a chance near the end to make it 1-1 and had he done we might have got the winner.

“We looked really good at times but the breaks just didn’t go for us.”

It was the second successive league game in which Rovers had failed to score and Saunders didn’t need reminding that their away form remains much better than that at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“It’s a lot more difficult when teams put ten men behind the ball, which a lot of them do when they come here,” he said.

“When we are away teams have a go at us a bit more and leave some gaps.

“I’m disappointed (to lose) because we wanted to bounce back from the Crewe game, which I didn’t think we deserved to lose, but we’ve nicked a few results in the last minutes of games and it will happen again.

“We got some good balls into the box but just never got on the end of anything, but considering the team that I had to put out there today, the performance was good.

“We’ve lost the last couple of games but we have to regroup. We’ve just got to make sure that it doesn’t turn into a bad run.”

Saunders is hoping that skipper Rob Jones and fellow defender Shelton Martis, who pulled out on the day of the match with a hamstring problem, will both be fit for the trip to Portsmouth on Saturday.