DEFENDER Joseph Mills might only be on loan at the club but the Southampton full-back is as desperate as anybody else that Doncaster Rovers stay up this season.
Mills, who limped off in the first half of Saturday’s home game against Cardiff City, was as disappointed as the rest of his team-mates with the 3-1 defeat.
But he says that fifth-bottom Rovers, now only seven points clear of third-bottom Scunthorpe United following their 4-1 win over leaders Queens Park Rangers, just have to continue to knuckle down and is confident that results will start to match recent performances.
Rovers have another chance to pull away from the bottom three in tonight’s home game against fellow strugglers Preston North End.
The Deepdale club looked doomed several weeks ago when propping up the table.
But former Hull City boss Phil Brown, boosted by some astute loan signings, has turned things around of late and they will check in at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight having won three and drawn one of their last five games.
“They have definitely picked up in recent games and they’ll be confident of keeping their run going tonight,” said Mills.
“They’ve got some good players and Hulme has been in great form recently. He has been scoring a lot of goals and he’ll be one of their main threats.
“They need the points and they’ll be coming here to win. I think all three teams in the relegation zone. because they are a few points adrift, will be going all out to try and win all their remaining games.
“But most teams at this time of year have something to aim for and are looking to pick up three points and we are no exception. We are at home and we’ve got to make that count.
“We’ve got to be aware of them, and that they are on a good run, but we’ve also got to focus on ourselves and our own game.
“The supporters will be expecting us to pick up three points after playing so well in our recent games and we’ll need them to get behind us from the start and act like an extra man.
“We want to put the relegation situation to bed as quickly as possible and a win tonight would go a long way towards doing that.
“We’ve got a bit of breathing space but until we are safe we’ve all got to dig in and make sure that we are still in this league next season.”
Rovers will be chasing only their second double of the season tonight.
Said Mills: “We beat them 2-0 at Deepdale on the opening day of the season but that won’t count for much because a lot players on both sides tonight won’t have played that day. They have also changed their manager as well.”