DONCASTER Rovers enter the Lions’ den tonight for their Championship relegation six-pointer against Millwall boosted by their first clean sheet in two months in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Watford.
“Although we desperately needed three points it was a big plus to keep only our second clean sheet of the season in the league,” said midfielder Brian Stock.
“It was important that we got a reaction from the Barnsley game and at times we played some very good football and we were unfortunate not to get a goal.
“We wanted the three points and that was highlighted by the manager’s substitutions and by fact that with 30 seconds to go he was shouting for everyone to get into the box. I hope the fans and everybody else can take a lot of positives out of the game because we dug deep on the day.
“You certainly couldn’t blame the lads for lack of commitment and determination, which we were accused of at Barnsley - though I don’t think some people gave Barnsley enough credit on the day. I’m not saying it was a good performance at Oakwell, all I’m saying is that Barnsley are no mugs as they showed when beatng Leeds away on Saturday. They’ve got some great players there.”
He added: “We had three new players on debut on Saturday, which is not always easy, but everyone has fitted in really well.
“Habib (Beye) has got a lot of Premier Division experience and he’s a very good player and he’ll be a good addition. Although Herold Goulon doesn’t really talk much he’s a big prescence in midfield and I thought he did very well.
“I also thought Marco (Marc-Antoine Fortune) did well up front.”
“Millwall is a tough place to go. It’s not just the football team but the actual whole place. I’ve played there on a few occasions and they’ve all been hard games.
“It can be an intimidating atmosphere and that’s something that we need to be able to cope with. If we get a result at Millwall it will make the point we picked up on Saturday a good result.”
The influx of new loan players has helped boost the average height of the team - something which Stock welcomes.
“Set pieces are such an important part of the game at this level and if you’ve got someone who can win headers at both ends of the pitch it gives you a great advantage,” he told The Star.
Rovers travel to The New Den boasting a better away record - two of their three victories this season coming on the road - than at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“I’ve had seasons when we’ve had the best home form and the worst away form and the following year it’s been the total opposite,” said Stock. “If you could put a finger on the reason you’d be able to change things.
“Sometimes when you are under pressure from the home fans players can tend to hide but I don’t think that was an issue on Saturday. Even though we are bottom of the league, and up against it, I think you could see that everyone was trying their hardest.”