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Dean: ‘Nothing To Fear'

9 November 2012

Manager Dean Saunders spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the visit of AFC Bournemouth to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

The arrival of Eddie Howe at Bournemouth has coincided with the upturn of fortunes for the Cherries, something that Dean is all aware of.

‘They’ve got a new manager and turned a corner recording four victories out of five,’ he said

‘He’s a different voice in the dressing room but they have got good players and spent a lot of money.

‘We’re a match for anybody in the League, we went to Tranmere and beat them as we did at Notts County – we’ve got a result against all the top teams so we’ve got nothing to fear.

‘They’re a good team so we have to be resilient. We let the sort of goals in, against Crewe, that we haven’t been letting in so we’ve got to get back to being solid. 

‘We are going to get a minimum of five chances so we have to make sure we are solid. We are in League One and we’ve got to battle for every point. 

‘Some of the teams you play against stop you playing whilst not playing themselves and turn the game into a scrap – we have to be ready for all of that and when we earn the right to get the ball down that’s when we play but 
first of all we have to earn the right to have possession of the ball.

‘Sometimes teams that are direct can score a lot of goals and create a lot of chances. If you look at Liverpool they had 500 passes against Newcastle and only made one chance and that was a 60 yard ball down the middle of the pitch, so sometimes the stats can deceive you a little bit. We are up at the top end of the passing stats but really I’m more interested in home how many chances we make.’


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