Stock hopes to lead side to key win

Big game: John Oster.
Big game: John Oster.
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DONCASTER Rovers will be out to clip the Eagles’ wings in today’s crucial Championship relegation six-pointer against Crystal Palace at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Victory for fifth-bottom Rovers would see them move five points clear of Palace, who are immediately below them in the table, with just three games remaining.

It would also see them, at the very least, maintain their five-point advantage over third-bottom Scunthorpe United.

“It is going to be a big game; I think everybody knows that,” said Rovers’ skipper Brian Stock.

“We’ve looked at things which went wrong against Hull last weekend and we’ve worked really hard (in training) this week.

“With what the chairman and the board have done in letting people in for free there is obviously going to be a big atmosphere and hopefully we can get a result.

“I don’t think the season will be decided today but if we get a result it is going to go a long way to achieving safety.

“We’ve just got to keep doing the same things but I think that we need to show a bit more desire and willingness to win.

“If we put together everything that we’ve worked hard on all week I think we’ll do all right.”

Rovers go into the game without a win in their last outings.

“It doesn’t feel as though we’ve gone on that sort of run because there have been certain games when we have lost the performance has been there,” said Stock.

One man, in particular, looking for a big game will be influential midfielder John Oster, who played for the London side prior to joining Rovers in the summer of 2009.

Oster had been one of Rovers key players this season but had one of his quietest games of the season at the KC Stadium and was substituted early in the second half.

But he will be looking to stamp his authority on the game as Rovers seek to avenge a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park in December.