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].”