Saunders confirms interest in duo

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Manager Dean Saunders is hopeful of adding experienced Premier League duo Pascal Chimbonda and El-Hadji Diouf to his Doncaster squad in the coming days.

The former Wales striker saw his new charges pick up their fourth point from his second game in charge in the 1-1 draw with Hull, and is now looking to recruit some fresh faces. Rovers now have five points and were watched from the stands by former Wigan and Tottenham full-back Chimbonda, who is a free agent after being released by QPR.

"I spoke to him (Chimbonda) before the game and will speak to him afterwards," Saunders said, after watching Simon Gillett cancel out Martyn Waghorn's opener.

"I haven't discussed the ins and outs but he's obviously interested or he wouldn't be here. To sign a player like him at this club would be brilliant. He's gone for millions and millions in his career and it would be brilliant.

"I will discuss with him what he wants to do. He looks fit and is a class player and if I could get him in he would make such a difference to the whole club."

On Diouf, Saunders added: "I'm hopeful it might happen. When it appeared on television yesterday I thought other clubs would have come out of the woodwork and it looks like that might have happened. I did speak to him. Players like that don't come around very often and if we do get them, they'll be short-term, probably benefiting us and them."

Waghorn's first goal for Hull after Neil Sullivan failed to claim Matt Fryatt's cross was the main highlight, but the Tigers impressed, keeping the ball in a fashion more accustomed to Doncaster under their recently-sacked manager Sean O'Driscoll.

Rovers' robust approach paid off after the break, though, with Gillett getting on the end of Jon Parkin's knockdown - the latter putting his renowned burly presence to use against his former employers. Doncaster's direct style was not lost on City manager Nigel Pearson.

"Route one Doncaster; not something you thought you'd hear anyone say before the start of the season," Pearson said. "They're fighting for points and showed a lot of spirit. They bombarded us for a spell and we didn't track a run which cost us. But you have to give them some credit.

"They were second best in the first half and had to come up with an answer. They've had a difficult start to the season, need points, a new manager has come in and they've had a response."

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