Doncaster: Only Rovers best will do

Flashback: Rovers midfielder Martin Woods tackles Preston's Jeffrey Monakana.       Picture: Chris Vaughan.
Flashback: Rovers midfielder Martin Woods tackles Preston's Jeffrey Monakana. Picture: Chris Vaughan.
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MIDFIELD star Martin Woods says Doncaster Rovers are likely to have to produce one of their best performances of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium against Brentford this afternoon.

“I don’t know much about Brentford because we haven’t played them for quite a few years but judging by their results this season they look too be a solid side,” he said.

“They’ve only lost two games this season and they are on a long unbeaten run so they’ll be feeling pretty confident and we’ll have to play well to beat them.”

Woods admits Rovers home form has left a lot to be desired this season. Rovers have won just twice in five games in front of their own fans.

“We haven’t always played as well as we would have liked,” he told The Star.

“I thought we played well against Chesterfield in our last home match in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. I enjoyed playing in that game because I was allowed to express myself more than I have in previous games.

“In most other games this season, I have been asked to sit behind the ball for the team because David Syers is an attack-minded player and he has been pushing forward looking to get on the end of things in the box and I’ve had to stay back and I’ve never done that before.

“But against Chesterfield it was different because Keegs (Paul Keegan) sat behind me and that allowed me to express myself more and I definitely enjoyed it.”

Rovers 1-0 win over the Spireites put them in the Northern Area final - just four games from Wembley.

“I think it is a competition that you don’t prioritise, but when you get within sight of getting through to the final you start treating it a little more seriously,” he said.

Although most Doncaster fans would probably settle for a win today and a couple of draws from back-to-back away games at leaders Tranmere and high-flying Notts County next week, Woods wants more.

“Notts County got hammered by Sheffield United on Wednesday at home in the JP Trophy, and although Tranmere are currently going well if we start to fear teams like that then we’ve got absolutely no chance of getting back up to the Championship,” he said.

“If you compare the quality of the respective squads, we should be looking to beat them.

“We should be going into every game in a positive mood and looking to win.”