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League One

Saunders keeping feet on ground

19 August 2012

Doncaster manager Dean Saunders insists he will not get carried away with his side's 3-0 victory at Walsall as Rovers flew out of the blocks in their npower League One opener.

Rovers scored three stunning goals to knock the stuffing out of a young Saddlers side who played good football but lacked quality in the final third.

Walsall's defence was ripped apart after only five minutes as Billy Paynter set up Chris Brown to open the scoring.

David Cotterill added a wonder second from near the halfway line, his shot screaming over goalkeeper David Grof who was caught off his line, before fellow winger Kyle Bennett finished off the Saddlers with a well-taken strike.

Most onlookers would fancy Rovers for a quick return to the Championship on this form, but Saunders warned: "One swallow doesn't make a summer.

"Our fans were terrific and I hope this sends a message to the town that we have taken a step back but now we can go forward again.

"Sometimes you have to do that. I have told the players that if we can be thereabouts at Christmas we shall get better as a group.''

Walsall manager Dean Smith was not too downhearted by the convincing defeat.

"We won't get too downbeat," he said." We are disappointed to lose 3-0 but we have work in progress and only time will tell where we end up.

"We shall build the players up again after this and won't let it affect where we want to go.''

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