Billy Sharp insists scoring against Sheffield Wednesday would have no greater significance than any other club.
Whether you choose to believe the lifelong Blade about such a statement is another matter.
Later in our interview Sharp, complete with a big grin, referred to the Owls as ‘the enemy’ when discussing netting the only goal of the game for Rovers on the last occasion when the two met at the Keepmoat.
But when faced with direct questions about his feelings towards the fierce rivals of his boyhood club, the striker meets them with a straight bat.
“I didn’t score against Forest so hopefully I can get on the scoresheet this weekend,” Sharp told the Star.
“It’d be as good as scoring any other weekend.
“I’m a Sheffield United fan, yes, but I want to score in every game and that’ll be the same this weekend.”
Perhaps the wave of nostalgia recalling his goal for Rovers back in December 2009 betrayed his true feelings.
And the 28-year-old admitted he would be happy with the same result again.
He said: “It was sweet to get the winner against the enemy and 1-0 – there’s no better scoreline.
“I’d take that again on Saturday.”
Hearing Sharp discuss his hunger for goals – wherever they may come – is nothing new, particularly since his return to Rovers as he looks to put a frustrating couple of years behind him.
With two goals in his three games since his return from suspension and his fitness level approaching ideal, enjoyment is returning to his game.
Sharp said: “I’m feeling fit and I’m feeling great.
“Touchwood, I’ll stay fit for the rest of the season and we’ll be fine.
“Hopefully I can score more goals.
“I’d like to be putting more chances away but at least I’m getting them and getting into the right positions.
“I was a little bit disappointed I didn’t score against Forest last week.
“We got a good point from that game so hopefully I can move on and make up for it this weekend.
“If I get as many chances as I did in the last home game I’ll be delighted.
“Hopefully I’ll take more than I did against Watford.”
After the hefty defeat at Bournemouth there has been plenty of talk of belief coming out of the Rovers camp.
And with seven points taken from the last nine available, Sharp says the evidence is there that Rovers have found their’s once again.
He said: “I wasn’t at Bournemouth but plenty of people were saying we need more belief and I think we’ve shown it over the last few games.
“You don’t go to a place like Forest, whatever sort of run they’re on, and get a result without belief.
“It’s something that comes from within yourself but if enough people are believing it bonds into one.
“Everyone works together and the results come.
“Against Watford the lads were saying they had a feeling I was going to score and I had it as well.”
Led by emotion or by desire, Sharp will be hoping the same feeling returns this weekend.