DONCASTER ROVERS: Strikers in the groove

Five goals: Chris Brown got the second in Rovers' 2-0 win at County.                Picture: Steve taylor
Five goals: Chris Brown got the second in Rovers' 2-0 win at County. Picture: Steve taylor
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Doncaster Rovers’ strikers have all been playing their part in the club’s climb into the top-four of League One.

Billy Paynter scored in the wins over Brentford and Tranmere with Iain Hume hitting the winner at Prenton Park and Chris Brown grabbing Rovers second in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Notts County.

Brown’s goal was his fifth of the season and put him on level terms with midfielder David Cotterill, who faces a fortnight or so on the sidelines with a calf injury

“It was good to get back on target,” said Brown, who has continued to work hard and pose problems for defences through his recent lean spell.

“Obviously as a striker you want to be scoring on a regular basis, but a lot better players than me have gone through longer spells than me without scoring,” said Brown.

“I think strikers sometimes go through a bit of a lean spell and then score a couple or so in quick succession and that is what I’ll be looking to do.

“There is competition for places but we all get on off the field and we all want each other to do well and whoever plays knows that they have to do their job to keep in the team.

“We’ve just had three very tough games and the gaffer said to us before the Brentford game that if we won all three and pick up nine points that we’d be right up there, and we are.

“We’ve just got to keep winning. We’ve got ahead of steam now and we’ve just got to try and keep it going.

“I’m sure that some people connected with the club would have preferred to have been playing a league game this weekend rather than an FA Cup tie against Bradford Park Avenue while we are on a roll.

“But it’s something a bit different and every player looks forward to playing in the FA Cup.

“They might only be a Blue Square North side but we will be taking the game very seriously and it’s a game that we want to win.

“We played them in a pre-season game at their place and drew 3-3 and they looked a decent side, but we are at home this time and we’ll be looking to win.

“We fell at the first hurdle last year, albeit in the third round, but we are hoping to win a few more games this season. I know that we haven’t got the biggest of squads, but it is a strong squad with some very versatile players.”