DONCASTER ROVERS: We’re in mood to triumph in derby says striker Chris Brown

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EITHER with or without his strike partner Billy Paynter, Doncaster Rovers striker Chris Brown has proved a handful for League One defences.

Brown missed much of last season with a series of niggling injuries, but has managed to put those behind him and is the club’s top scorer with three going into tonight’s eagerly-awaited derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Although he only had the odd chance to add to his tally in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Colchester he still played his part.

“With Billy not being risked due to a thigh strain I played up front by myself on Saturday,” said Brown. “It’s a different role but it was a good battle between me and their two centre-halves.

“Whether I’m playing alongside Billy, with whom I’ve forged a good partnership, or by myself, I serve as an outlet for the team going forward and also try and make it as difficult as I can for the defenders.

“It was an important result coming after successive league defeats, and we’ve got three wins on the board from five starts in the league. The resul will hopefully help us in tonight’s game because winning breeds confidence and we’ll be going there looking to pick up something.

“The way we are set up makes us a difficult team to beat away from home. Some people might think that a draw, which would give us four points from back-to-back away games would be a good haul we’ll be looking to make it six points out of six.

“I don’t see why we can’t do it; we are playing with confidence and we’ve got a good set of lads.

“It’s a big local derby and there should be a big crowd and a good atmosphere and we are all looking forward to it.

“They’ve lost a few players since last season but they’ll definitely be there at the end of the season.