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League One

Saunders salutes 'ruthles's Rovers

28 October 2012

Boss Dean Saunders felt his Doncaster side were 'ruthless' in overcoming Notts County 2-0 to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

After a dismal first half, quickfire goals from Paul Keegan and substitute Chris Brown in the second period gave Rovers another three points on the road after a win at table-topping Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Saunders thought it was 'professional team performance' that saw his side leapfrog their opponents in the npower League One table.

"I don't think they really had a shot for Gary Woods to save," said Saunders, whose team is now fifth in the standings. "They are a good team but we were quite comfortable all afternoon and scored two great goals and could have had a few more.

"We purposely let them have the ball in their own half and we knew we have players who can score, so we just had to be solid and not give them anything and not make mistakes. We've had a really good week against some really good teams."

Both sides had to make changes at half-time after a sickness bug struck a player on opposing sides, with Billy Paynter the unlucky man for Rovers.

For County it was centre-half Dean Leacock who had to be substituted, and manager Keith Curle felt his side did not deal well with the enforced change.

He said: "We had a little bit of disruption at half-time as 20 seconds before we were going out Dean Leacock started throwing up and was unable to take the pitch. Ideally you want the whole break to know what's going on but when it is just before you go out you have to make a split decision straight away.

"It meant a little bit of a regroup and a reshuffle but there was still enough experience out there to defend the edge of our box properly.

"We gave the points away too easily and we've done that too often of late at home. We will turn it around though and we will change it. We want to entertain our public but we want to win football matches first. Both goals should have been stopped easily - it was juvenile defending."

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