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Thornton made the right move

By Adam Marshall.   Last Updated: 30/11/05 1:43pm

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Sean Thornton is convinced he made the right decision in leaving Sunderland for Doncaster Rovers.

After falling out of favour on Wearside, the Irish midfielder left the newly-promoted Black Cats to accept a new challenge at Belle Vue.

A number of other teams had been linked with the former Tranmere Rovers man, including clubs from the continent, so it was a major surprise when he signed for League One new boys Doncaster.

"It was a gamble for me," he told Sky Sports News. "I still had two years left on my contract at Sunderland.

"It was one of them - would I go, would I not go?

"Obviously we're playing good football and I think I made the right decision.

"Now, hopefully, we can carry on the success until the end of the season and get promoted. That's the main thing."

Thornton scored a stunning third goal in the Carling Cup win against Premiership side Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

"It was a special goal and a special occasion last night," he recalled. "It was a great result and good for the club to do really well on the night.

"I'd like to dedicate it to my baby boy and it was nice to be on TV and to get the goal so I enjoyed the night.

"I seem to miss the simple ones but I've been lucky enough to get some special goals. Hopefully it'll continue."

Doncaster certainly seem a club on the up and they are eagerly awaiting the draw for the next round, although Thornton does not agree with chairman John Ryan that Manchester United at Old Trafford would be the ideal tie.

"We showed we're a good side," he added. " A good football side.

"We've a good manager and especially the chairman behind us. He puts everything into the club, is a Doncaster fan and all he wants is success.

"The gaffer [Dave Penney] is a young manager and he wants success so hopefully we'll get promoted.

"Me, personally, I would like Manchester United but you want them at home.

"I think if you go to Old Trafford, you haven't really got a chance. We had Villa here and some of them wouldn't fancy it and we might get a result.

"I'd like a big team here and then see what happens. Players, when they come here, it's not a good ground - we've got a new one ready for next year - so some players come here and aren't up for it. When you get all the fans behind you, it's a good, little atmosphere and it's intimidating.

"It's a dream," he said of reaching the final in Cardiff. "Everyone wants to play in The Millennium Stadium in a cup final.

"Everyone takes this competition seriously now, maybe they didn't a couple of years ago, and it'd be a great achievement for the town itself.

"It's a long way away but we're still hoping to get there."


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