INFLUENTIAL playmaker Brian Stock is convinced Doncaster Rovers can still defy the odds and climb out of the danger zone.
Rovers are currently bottom of the Championship, having won just twice since the turn of the year, heading into this afternoon’s clash at Leicester City.
A seven-match winless run has left Dean Saunders troops six points shy of safety with just six matches left to save themselves.
Fit-again midfielder Stock is targeting back-to-back wins, a feat the club have not managed all season, over the Easter period to revive their flagging fortunes. He insists the fight for survival is not over yet.
He said: “Of course we can still get out of trouble. Until somebody tells me it is not mathematically possible, you have got to keep fighting because you never what could happen. We still have to play Coventry and Portsmouth so if we get a good positive result today it is a different story.”
On Easter Monday, Rovers host Burnley, who beat top six hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 yesterday.
“Everyone is going to try and do all they can to stay in this league,” Stock insisted. “The next two games will define our season. We need six points. It is as simple as that.
“We have been saying that for the last few games and unfortunately the results have not gone our way.”
The Welsh international believes Rovers have to win four of the final six fixtures to give themselves a chance of escaping relegation.
He said: “Everyone needs to pull together. I have been at the club for five years. It is not a very good position we are in and it is really upsetting to be in this situation.
“There are a number of players at this club who care about Doncaster Rovers and we need to make sure everyone who crosses that white line gives everything they can for the club.”
Having recovered from a torn groin muscle and a virus, Stock played 45 minutes of a practice match against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. He has trained just a handful of times after picking up a bad illness before the clash at league leaders Southampton but is set to return to first-team duty over Easter.
“I feel good but I’ve just got to be careful not to push it [the injury] too quickly,” he admitted. “It is the sort of injury if you push too quickly you can damage it again.”
Of the virus, Stock added: “I was in bed constantly for two days and the whole family had it. It was not nice but I have got through it.”
Foxes defender Sean St Ledger has questioned Rovers transfer policy. He thinks the club’s recruitment drive has been “strange”.
He said: “They have a lot of loan players and big name players, but for one reason or another they are bottom of the league and scrapping for their lives. They don’t want to lose their Championship status.”
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson knows they can ill-afford any more slip-ups if they are to gatecrash the play-offs.
“People have written us off but we have an awful lot to play for in many ways. Who knows what can happen.
“You find out a lot about what players are made of in terms of the character. It is an interesting run-in for us.”