Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol is hoping he gets longer on the pitch against South Yorkshire opposition tonight.
Carayol came on in the 69th minute last Saturday at Oakwell against Barnsley and was a major influence in Boro pulling two goals back against the Reds.
However, the 3-2 defeat led to Tony Mowbray being shown the door at the Riverside and Mark Venus being named interim manager.
Carayol said he is hoping to start tonight against Rovers: “I’m someone that wants to play all the time. You don’t know if or expect to play every game in the season.
“I was happy to be playing as an out and out winger (against Barnsley) and doing what I like.
“Being in one on one positions and setting up the strikers. We’ll have to wait and see if I get a run.”
Middlesbrough’s poor start to the season has seen them win just once at home - a 4-1 victory against Yeovil Town on October 5.
Carayol, however, said there’s no time for doom and gloom in such a tough division: “I’m a very positive person and I don’t try and look at the negatives.
“The negatives affect you mentally. This league is always tight. It was my first year in it last season and I noticed it straight away.
“You play against the bottom teams and they’re as good as the top teams. Every game is totally different.
“We can’t look at the table; we have the players to go into every game and be very positive, attacking them and causing damage.”
The presence of the TV cameras could lift some of the despondency on Teesside said Carayol: “It’s always nice to play on the TV - that will give us an extra buzz.”