DONCASTER Rovers’ midfielder Simon Gillett remains upbeat about the club’s prospects in their battle against relegation .
That has especially been the case in pre-match telephone chats with a couple of Nottingham Forest players he is friendly with, including striker Dexter Blackstock, ahead of tonight’s game at the City Ground.
“Dexter, who was at Southampton when I was there, has just come back into the side after a long injury so that’s a big boost for them because he’s a good player and a handful for any defence,” said Gillett. “So if he’s playing we’ll have to look out for him
“It’s a big game. They are just above us in the table and if we were to go there and get a win it would be brilliant for us. It would help kick us on and obviously gain ground on them.”
Whilst accepting that under normal circumstances a point at the City Ground would be regarded as a good result, Gillett says that Rovers need to set their sights higher tonight.
“We have to go into every game to try and win it,” he said.
“We need the points and we need to climb the table and if we can start putting a few results together and back-to-back wins then we’d start to do that.”
Forest will take heart from the fact that Rovers have won just twice on the road this season - the last one being four months ago.
“I don’t know why that is,” says Gillett. “We always set out to play like we normally do - have a lot of energy throughout the team and create chances - but things haven’t always gone our way.
“It’s about time that we turned the situation around and transfer our home form into our away form.
“With our ex-manager (Sean O’Driscoll) there we know that he likes his teams to pass the ball so we all expect them to play that way tonight.
“He’ll have had an input into how they are going to play, but it is going to be a case of horses for courses in terms of selection and people will be in and out the team to suit different tactics and everyone has to remain positive.”
Gillett admits that Rovers could be catching Forest at a bad time: “They’ve made a few signings who seem to be having a major impact.
“It’s an important game for both sides. We want the points to try and get our of the relegation zone and they want the points to try and stay out of it.
“There could be a lot of movement up and down over the next few weeks because there are such a lot of games. If we can pick up a few wins it could do wonders.”
Rovers are without skipper Brian Stock, injured in Saturday’s draw with Brighton.
“With games coming thick and fast it is not great to lose any player,” he said. “We’ve got a big squad and we’ve been fortunate with injuries lately, but he is going to be a loss.”