Cameron Stewart believes this afternoon’s trip to neighbours Barnsley is the perfect chance for Doncaster Rovers to show they are up for the fight for the rest of the season.
Rovers were roundly criticised for their lacklustre performance in last weekend’s derby with Sheffield United which brought a third consecutive defeat.
But Ipswich Town loanee Stewart has backed Rovers for a response this afternoon.
“If there’s any questions about whether we can do it in a derby or if we’re up for big games, this is a chance for us to answer them,” the 24-year-old said.
“We didn’t do it last week and we hold our hands up for that but this week we’ll more than make up for it.
“We’re sure we can stand up for ourselves and do it in a big game.
“I think it’s the perfect game for us after last week.”
Stewart admits Rovers were better in training this week as they look to right the wrongs of their last South Yorkshire derby.
He said: “Once the gaffer left the changing room last week, we had a little word among ourselves and we’ve done it a few times this week.
“We all know what it takes to get it right.
“Training has been better this week and everyone knows exactly what it wanted and what we need to do to make sure we get it right.”
Today’s game sees Stewart return to Oakwell where he spent a month on loan last season, making four appearances.
But he insists there will be no sentimentality on his part.
He said: “I’m not going back there thinking it’s one of my former clubs and I want to do this and that.
“After the Sheffield United game, it’s the priority for us as a team and me individually to get the performance right.
“It’s not Barnsley or Oakwell that I’m thinking about.
“It’s about us as a team needing to put things right a get a performance back again.”
Conor Grant is likely to start in midfield for Rovers after recovering from a rib injury while keeper Thorsten Stuckmann is pushing for a recall.