Saun­ders’ happy trav­ellers are go­ing places

PRE­STON NE ......0 DON­CASTER ......3

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Mas­ton

DON­CASTER man­ager Dean Saun­ders ad­mit­ted he was lov­ing life on the road af­ter Don­caster stretched their un­beaten run away from home to 11 matches with a con­vinc­ing win over Pre­ston.

David Sy­ers’ goal af­ter 58 sec­onds set the vis­i­tors on their way be­fore David Cot­ter­ill’s for­tu­itous free-kick and Billy Paynter’s penalty sealed the points.

Former Wrexham boss Saun­ders ad­mit­ted his side show no fear on their trav­els – treat­ing ev­ery match the same.

“We played well and con­trolled the game through­out,” he said.

“They didn’t even have a chance, did they? We worked on the set piece for the open­ing goal and it’s nice when it comes off.

“We’ve treated the away games ex­actly as the same as the home games and we prob­a­bly find it eas­ier to win away.

“It’s the same foot­ball pitch. What’s the dif­fer­ence? The crowd can prob­a­bly af­fect the home team. It’s psy­cho­log­i­cal.”

Don­caster at­tacked from the first whis­tle, and though Pre­ston were un­happy at thede­ci­sion to award Rovers a cor­ner, they had only them­selves to blame for the poor de­fend­ing that fol­lowed.

Cot­ter­ill’s low cor­ner to near post was met on the vol­ley by an un­marked Sy­ers and his loop­ing ef­fort sailed over Thorsten Stuck­mann via the cross­bar.

The Deep­dale faith­ful were vo­cal in their dis­ap­point­ment at their side’s ab­ject per­for­mance, and they fell fur­ther be­hind when Cot­ter­ill’s cross from wide on the left evaded ev­ery­one and nes­tled in the home team’s net.

Will Hay­hurst fired just wide from dis­tance af­ter cut­ting in­side while sub­sti­tute An­thony Eld­ing also missed the tar­get.

Paynter should ar­guably have been awarded a penalty when he was brought down by Luke Fos­ter in­side the box mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, but he was fi­nally given his chance to score from the spot on 75 min­utes as Kyle Ben­nett was up­ended by Hay­hurst.

The former Leeds striker sent Stuck­mann the wrong way. Pre­ston are have now failed to win any of their last eight league matches, and cap­tain John Mous­inho made no ex­cuses.

“It wasn’t a good day. It seems like a re­cur­ring process where we have a few solid re­sults and then we’ve gone and pro­duced that per­for­mance,” he said.

“In terms of the game it­self it was bizarre.We’d pre­pared off the back of the Bury game and were look­ing to get a heavy home win which we’ve been lack­ing re­cently. “But within 30 sec­onds we were turn­ing around hav­ing not de­fended the cor­ner at all and that set the tone for the whole af­ter­noon.”

DAVID COT­TER­ILL

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