DONCASTER Rovers boast an impressive record at Championship level at Derby County’s Pride Park.
Since returning to the second tier of English football, Rovers have never lost to the Rams on their home ground in the league.
Arguably the best result for Rovers at Pride Park came in their opening game in the Championship back in 2008 with a 1-0 win over a Derby team that had been playing two divisions above them the previous season.
As a club Rovers are proud of their record there and midfielder Simon Gillett is as keen as anyone to see it continue.
Despite the fact that Rovers will go into the game without a point in their first three games, Gillett is confident that they are good enough to break their duck at Derby.
“It’s a relatively local game and we’ve had a few good results there and hopefully that will continue tomorrow,” he said.
“But to win games we’ve got to put what we work hard on in training into practice in games.
“We can’t afford to switch off (at any stage of the game) but if we give it our all for the 90 minutes we are capable of getting a win under our belts.”
The in-form midfielder admits that the loss of attacking players James Hayter, Billy Sharp and Ryan Mason has hit the club hard.
Rovers haven’t scored in the two league games when all three have been missing.
But the former Southampton star claims: “There are other people in the team who can also score goals and I’m looking to do so myself.”
Gillett showed what he is capable of when scoring the only goal in Rovers’ 1-0 pre-season win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane with a superb 30 yarder.
“Scoring goals is something that I want to add to my game,” he said.
Gillett was probably regarded more of a ‘terrier’ type of midfielder last season, playing in front of the back-four in the role that skipper Brian Stock does so well, when he was out injured.
But there is much more to Gillett than a ball-winner as he has been showing this season with a series of impressive displays.
“To be honest I prefer getting forward and trying to get goals,” he said.
“It was something that I did when I was younger but of late, due to circumstances, I’ve played a bit deeper.
“I’ve been allowed to get forward more this season and I’m enjoying it and, as I say, I’m hoping to get some goals this season.”
Gillett is deceptively quick over the ground and is adept at getting himself into good attacking positions.
He has quite a shot on him and he is not afraid to back himself from anywhere up to 30 yards out.
Although Rovers haven’t made the start that they had hoped for, Gillett says spirits remain high.
“We are looking forward to each and every game,” he said. “But the Championship is going to be a hard league this year and there are a lot of good teams.
Two of the three promoted clubs have started well and the three relegated teams are all strong.”