Old boy Billy wants Rovers to stay up

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FORMER Rovers star Billy Sharp would love nothing more than for his old club to avoid relegation.

But the ex-Rovers hitman admits it’s “going to be tough” for his employers to avoid getting sucked into League One with games running out.

“It’s going to be tough for them,” said Sharp. “There’s only eight games to go so time is running out for them.

“Doncaster are very special to me so hopefully they get out [of trouble], but it’s going to be very now.”

It proved to be a bittersweet afternoon for Sharp on Saturday as his brilliant brace for his new club Southampton sunk Dean Saunders’ struggling side at the St Mary’s Stadium. And with just eight league matches remaining, including tonight’s crunch away clash with Crystal Palace, Sharp knows Rovers face a real battle to avoid the ‘dreaded drop’.

“I spoke to all of the lads before the match and I still text a lot of them now, I’ll always stay in touch with the lads there,” revealed Sharp. “Donny are a good side, but once we got the first goal against them we took control. I didn’t want rub it in their [Doncaster’s] faces when I celebrated because they’ve been amazing with me through the bad times, but obviously I was delighted to have scored.

“I got booked for high-fiving a little lad, but hopefully I made his game for him.

“I’ve just got to concentrate on doing well for Southampton now because we’re all dreaming of getting promotion to the Premier League.”