Saunders' boys ahead of schedule

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Dean Saunders' Doncaster defeated Carlisle and moved up to fourth
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Dean Saunders' Doncaster defeated Carlisle and moved up to fourth

Doncaster moved into the npower League One play-off places with a 3-1 win over Carlisle leaving manager Dean Saunders thrilled with the way they have started the season.

Goals from Rob Jones and David Cotterill in the space of four first-half minutes set Doncaster on their way to their seventh away win of the season.

Dave Symington pulled one back for Carlisle with a screamer of a free-kick after the break, only for Tommy Spurr to pounce for Rovers' third to seal the victory and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Saunders said: "We've just got to keep pumping the results out and these wins are vital. We want to get out of this league as quickly as we can and get back to the Championship. The season is going better than I thought and I'm thrilled to have got the points we have got.

"It's a tight squad and an unselfish group of players and this was a great win for us against a side lacking a bit of confidence."

Saunders praised Cotterill's role in the first goal saying: "The delivery was excellent and the second was a brilliant individual goal by Cotts, bending it over the keeper into the top corner."

The Rovers boss also had a special word for teenager Dave Symington, who netted Carlisle's goal from a second-half free-kick. He said: "The lad hit the goal of the season. He struck the back of the ball and it moved all over the place-like Ronaldo!"

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott had labelled it a "crisis" game after his side's tumble down towards the relegation zone following a series of bad home defeats.

He said: "I'm a manager under extreme pressure and I'm not going to hide from it. I can't drag any more out of the players than we did here. The fans were terrific and I can't ask for any more from the players.

"I thought the goals were extremely poor, but we got lots of balls into the box and the kids were up for the battle and gave everything they had. We had three 18-year-olds on the park up against vastly-experienced opponents, but at 2-1 I felt we still had a fighting chance and we aren't getting the breaks at the moment."

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