homing in on safety

Midfield maestro: Simon Gillett.
Midfield maestro: Simon Gillett.
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DONCASTER Rovers will be looking to clip the high-flying Bluebirds’ wings in today’s crucial Championship clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Cardiff might be going for a automatic promotion but we need the points just as much as they do,” said midfielder Simon Gillett.

“We are still not mathematically safe, although results went for us in midweek which has eased the pressure.

“But to be honest I’m more interested in ourselves than what others are doing because if we get things right, and pick up the points that we need, the situation will take care of itself.

“We’ve got successive home games against Cardiff and Preston in the next four days and obviously we want to pick up as many points

as we can and we are going to go out and try and win both games.

“Cardiff are up there whilst Preston are trying to get out of the relegation zone. They’ve had a little bit of a kick-on recently and manager Phil Brown has brought a few different players in.

“So they are going to be two different games against two teams with different ambitions, but we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and get six points and were we to do that then hopefully that would be enough to see us safe.”

Despite their position in the table, Cardiff have won just one of their last five games.

“I think that nerves have probably been getting to them,” said Gillett, who has made an impressive return to the side after suffering successive knee ligament injuries.

“I think that they are one of a couple of teams, Nottingham Forest being the other, who have had a wobble in recent games and have not picked up as many points as they probably expected.

“It’s a high-pressure situation because everyone wants to get into the Premiership and it’s bound to affect some people. It’s just a case of the respective managers trying to keep it to a minimum I guess.

“I would imagine that the Cardiff players will be looking to the likes of Craig Bellamy, who has lot of experience at the top level.

“They’ve got other people who have played in the Premiership such as midfielder Stephen McPhail - he’s a good player. They’ve got a strong squad and they’ve spent a lot of money. People talk about their frontmen, but they’ve got a good all-round team and Dave Jones is a good manager and they are having a good go at it.”