Saunders: The search for new players goes on

El Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda. Picture: Steve Uttley.
El Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda. Picture: Steve Uttley.

DEAN Saunders has heaped praise on Doncaster’s new boys - and says his job is to bring more players of a similar quality to the club.

El Hadji Diouf scored his first two goals in a Rovers shirt and oozed class throughout Saturday’s vital 3-2 win at Ipswich Town.

Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda and Herita Ilunga earned special praise from Saunders after Doncaster’s third league victory of the season.

Rovers’ boss will spend the next week scouting for possible new arrivals but would not reveal which positions he is looking to strengthen.

Saunders said: “Dioufy showed his class on Saturday and he won us the game.

“It’s about having good players.

“You can be the best coach in the world but if you haven’t got the right players you’re not going to win anything.

“It’s my job to bring as many good players to the club as possible - and then get them motivated, playing to a pattern and playing with belief.

“El Hadji, Pascal [Chimbonda] and Herita [Ilunga] have all come in and had an impact.

“They don’t give the ball away - and they don’t give the ball away in training either.

“We’ve got the stats and Pascal’s given the ball away six times in four games.

“It sounds ridiculous but it’s true - and it teaches the other players, especially the younger players, a valuable lesson.

“That’s why Pascal’s played at the very top level, and the more players we can get in like that the better we’ll do.”

Rovers go into the international break bottom of the Championship - but Saunders insists there is plenty of room for optimism.

“We’re not a bottom of the table team,” he said.

“It’s just a case of stringing it all together now.

“We played well for half an hour against Middlesbrough last week but when you’ve been losing for as long as we have, the boys find it hard to recover when we concede a goal.

“I’m upset we gave Ipswich a sniff in the second half but the result and performance on Saturday gives us something to build on.”