VETERAN striker Robbie Blake has yet to start a league or cup game for Doncaster Rovers since joining the club during the summer.
The 36-year-old played little competitive football for Bolton last season and he wasn’t in the best of physical condition when being one of the first players to put pen to paper on a contract.
Despite putting in extra sessions with fitness coach Mal Purchase, Blake’s road back to full fitness hasn’t been as smooth as had been hoped.
But following last week’s break, Blake feels he is now ready to press his claims for a start.
“I’ve been working hard with Mal, who is good at his job, and hopefully all the extra work I’m doing will help me get into the team,” Blake told The Star.
“At the end of the day it is the manager’s decision. I’ve just got to keep knocking on the door to try and get a start.”
Blake is hoping that if manager Dean Saunders looks to make changes, following the 2-1 defeat at Yeovil ten days ago, that he might be in with a chance.
Not that he feels that Saunders should panic.
“We’ve made an okay start but had we got any other result, other than a defeat against Crawley and Yeovil, I think it would have been a very good start.
“Spirits are high, as we showed when coming back from 2-0 down to beat Hull City in the Capital One Cup, and we just need to get back on the winning trail as quickly as possible - hopefully at Colchester on Saturday.
“I played at their old ground, but I’ve not played at their new one, so I’m looking forward to it if involved.”
Blake says he knows little about what tactics the Essex club will apply.
But he says the picture has already become clear when it comes to the sort of tactics Rovers can expect when playing at home.
“Sides will know that they can’t come here and try and play an attacking game because they know they are likely to get punished,” he said.
“A lot of teams are going to be coming here sitting back and trying to make it difficult for us like - Crawley did in the 1-0 defeat.
“It makes things a bit more tight in the box when teams sit back but I think you’ve just got to create your own space.
“We know what we’ll be facing going into most games and it will be up to us to make sure that we are passing and moving the ball and creating opportunities.”