Rovers return to ‘goals Gate’

Mark Wilson: Relishing the game at the atmospheric Ashton Gate ground.                              Picture: Holly Allen
Mark Wilson: Relishing the game at the atmospheric Ashton Gate ground. Picture: Holly Allen
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MIDFIELDER Mark Wilson admits that Doncaster Rovers will have a lot to live up to in tomorrow’s Championship clash against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Wilson was a member of the Rovers side which won 5-2 in the corresponding fixture last season

It was Rovers best ever win away to the Robins and their first win in nine visits to Ashton Gate.

“There were goals going in left, right and centre that day,” recalled Wilson. “We got off to a good start with Jay (Emmanuel Thomas) bagging a couple of early goals and it was a good performance.”

Wilson has been in the game long enough to know that lightning rarely strikes twice.

“I doubt that there will be that many goals tomorrow,” he said. “We are both in different places to where we were this time last season when we played them down there.

“What I do know is that we’ll be going down there looking to score goals and not concede any.

“We know it is going to be tough - it always is at Ashton Gate.

“But we’ve played against some of the top sides away from home of late - such as Swansea, Norwich, Leeds and Forest - and Bristol City aren’t doing as well as any of those sides.

“However, as I have often said before, there are no easy games in this league. What we are doing is treating it as a another opportunity to perform well again and hopefully pick up a result.

“Ashton Gate is a great place to play football. It’s an old fashioned stadium, which I like being old school, and you always get a great atmosphere.” The Robins boast the better record of the two teams having won five of their last six games.

“They’ve got players back from injury and have brought in some good loan signings and they are one of those sides who have picked up of late,” said Wilson.

“They had a bit of a dodgy start and have been a bit inconsistent for a lot of the season - like a lot of teams in this league have, including ourselves.”

Both sides will go into the game having had a fortnight’s break from competitive football.

“I was ready for a break and I’ve not played in every game,” said Wilson.

“We had been through a testing period when we were losing games and shipping in a lot of goals at a time when we also had a lot of injuries.

“When that sort of thing happens you have to work extra hard to try and make sure that doesn’t happen again and with the exception of the game at Elland Road, I think that we have done that.

“So it was good to have had a bit of time away from the game last week and have time to reflect and we all came back in on Monday ready to work hard again.”

By most people’s reckoning, Rovers need two or three wins from their remaining eight games to be mathematically certain of avoiding getting dragged into the relegation dogfight.

“We don’t set targets - at least I personally don’t,” said Wilson. “I don’t tend to look beyond the next game.”