Saunders: Pain at Barnsley has inspired us

Adam Lockwood is sent off at Oakwell
Adam Lockwood is sent off at Oakwell

ROVERS boss Dean Saunders has admitted his side ‘owe the supporters a performance’ against Barnsley after the horror show in the reverse fixture.

The 2-0 defeat at Oakwell featured a red card for Adam Lockwood and a dire performance from Doncaster who were booed off by a section of the travelling support at the final whistle.

And Saunders believes Rovers must show the fans what they are made of when they host Barnsley on Monday.

He said: “We owe the fans and we need to show them what we’re made of.

“I was a bit embarrassed coming away from the ground because it was a local derby and we hadn’t got a grip of it.

“You can still lose the game but wyou need to get a grip on it.

“We stood off them, gave them too much time on the ball and they played around us.

“If you give players time to move and make angles, especially Barnsley who have a lot of energy, they will play around you.”

Saunders insists the pain of the Oakwell defeat has inspired Rovers to produce better performances since.

He said: “You’ve got to take a bit of pain to make it right.

“The Barnsley game is definitely why we’ve got some of the results we’ve had since.

“We’re battling better than we’ve ever battled.

“The players are starting to realise they need to do all the ugly side of the games and the things players don’t like doing.

“When everyone does their jobs and the other side of things, that’s when you get a winning team and when talent shines through.”