Diouf confident of survival

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DONCASTER Rovers may well be propping up the league as the Championship enters the business end of the season, but El Hadji Diouf remains confident that the club can stay up.

Diouf, who captained Senegal in the World Cup earlier in his career, took over the captaincy from Brian Stock in Saturday’s game against Brighton after the midfielder limped off with a groin injury after just ten minutes.

“I can be captain anywhere,” he said. “The bigger responsibility for me is to help the team stay up.

“It is about doing well, showing a good example and working hard because I know if work hard everybody else will follow.

“I am confident that we can stay up. Saturday was a good day for us with everyone around us losing.

“We just need to keep going. We played well against Leeds and we played well against Peterborough and we played well on Saturday and we are starting to look like a proper team. The wins will definitely come. The lads know the responsibility they have to the club and to the fans and themselves.

“We have a good gaffer who is passionate and has some good ideas and if we can stay up then next season can be one of the biggest for Doncaster Rovers.”

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Diouf said:”It’s a massive game; it will be exciting as well.

“If we can show the same character we showed on Saturday we can go and get a result there.”