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Saunder's plan works a treat

30 September 2012

Doncaster manager Dean Saunders said his side's 2-0 win at Leyton Orient had gone exactly according to plan.

Rovers pair Iain Hume and David Cotterill were on target with first-half goals as Saunders' side halted Orient's four-match unbeaten run.

"It was a typical away performance that you need in this league," Saunders said. "I knew they were going to hit the ball on top of us and try to also get it down the side of us, so I picked the team to contend with that.

"We had to change the system because of injuries which was disappointing coming off the back of three good league results, but we scored two good goals and scrapped and defended brilliantly.

"All of our players are working their socks off and I'm really pleased that as a manager, if you can get a group of really genuine players on the pitch, that's half the battle. You want players who are all pulling in the same direction and I feel that I've got that now.

"The boys that I've left out have taken it really well and they know that as there is only 18 of them, they are all going to play at some stage."

Orient boss Russell Slade was unhappy with his side's performance that saw their recent league revival come to an end.

"I was really disappointed with the first-half in particular," he said. "They did to us what we've done to teams in recent weeks. They played ugly, came with a gameplan to play that way and it's come off for them.

"They won most of the second balls in the first period particularly, but it's all about goals and they got two early ones in the first-half. In the second-half, it was just a little too comfortable for them.

"We had a couple of opportunities just after the break, but we needed one of those to go in if just to give us that spark. We weren't bright and it was very frustrating that we weren't bright."

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