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Saunders seeking home comforts

18 November 2012

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders is keen to bring his side's blistering away form to the Keepmoat Stadium after they triumphed 1-0 at Portsmouth.

Iain Hume prodded home Martin Woods' cross from the left after 24 minutes when Pompey goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen and skipper Brian Howard hesitated to clear.

Saunders' men have won six of their nine games on the road, compared to three out of eight at home. He said: "I'd like us to win some games for our supporters who come and watch us every week. I'd like them to see us winning a bit more and it will come.

"But it was another great win for us. We showed a lot of determination and the back four defended great. I don't know if the goalkeeper had a save to make really. We should have killed them off really. We had loads of chances. Halfway through the second half, they had loads of balls going into their box and we didn't go to 2-0 up.

"Some of the football we played at times was excellent. We made some mistakes and we can still get better but it was another great win."

Portsmouth caretaker boss Guy Whittingham felt his side was unfortunate not to end what is now a six-game run without a goal or a League One point.

"I think we deserved three points - most definitely," said Whittingham. "They did what I asked them to do and put plenty of balls into the box. We had plenty of efforts on goal and it just hasn't been our day for finishing.

"You wouldn't have thought there had been five defeats in a row before this game. I don't think that was a team playing without confidence. We did the right things and we have to do that on Tuesday night against Leyton Orient."

Pompey striker Izale McLeod wasted a glorious chance to equalise when he lobbed the ball over the crossbar when through one-on-one after 79 minutes. But Whittingham is certain he will bounce back, saying, "I think everybody when they're through one-on-one with the goalkeeper would want to finish, and Izale has taken those quite well this season.

"We all expected him to score and it was disappointing he didn't, but he's a big enough guy to accept he should have done better and he will be looking forward to his next one-on-one."

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