Simon seeks more goals

Delight: Simon Gillett celebrates his goal against Hull - but it was only his second in Rovers colours and he is eager to add to his tally.
Delight: Simon Gillett celebrates his goal against Hull - but it was only his second in Rovers colours and he is eager to add to his tally.
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SIMON Gillett wants to take the pressure off Doncaster Rovers strikers by adding more goals to his game.

The hard-working midfielder bagged his first goal in more than 12 months in the entertaining 1-1 draw with Hull City last month.

It was only Gillett’s second goal in Rovers colours. His previous strike came at Watford in September 2010.

Much of the 25-year-old’s game is based around breaking up the opposition’s play but he accepts he has to improve other aspects of his performance to stay in new manager Dean Saunders long-term plans.

Gillett said: “I was delighted to get the goal against Hull. I have had a couple of chances to score this season but it hasn’t happened for me for whatever reason.

“Jon (Parkin) did brilliantly at the back post to set me up. I want to add goals to my game. I have been happy with my form but at the same time we have been losing. I am always trying to improve myself.”

Parkin has been instrumental in Rovers rise up the table and Gillett has heaped praise on the on-loan Cardiff player.

“Big Jon causes no end of problems up front and we have not really had that before,” he said. “He has come in and done brilliantly.

“I think our quality into him needs to be better. If we can improve that, he is going to be a big player for us.”

Saunders has told The Star that defensive duo James Chambers and Adam Lockwood and classy midfield operator Martin Woods are edging closer to full fitness. He says the trio have trained with the squad this week but are unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s Sky-televised encounter with Leeds United.

On Rovers crippling injury list, Gillett said: “I have never known anything like it. It has been ridiculous. Hopefully it is behind us and we can look forward to everyone being involved.

“James (Chambers) and Adam (Lockwood) are not far off and we have still got other players to come back so we are going to have a really strong squad when everyone is fit and that will be brilliant.”

Like the rest of the Rovers squad, Gillett is still adjusting to life under Saunders.

He said: “There is a new confidence. The new manager has been really positive. He wants us to score goals and attack teams.

“We have been on a bad run and there is no hiding from that. He has come in and wanted to change that and get a positive mental attitude into us.

“Dean has said what he wants from us and we are trying to take it on board and put that into our play. The more we get to know him, the more we will put what he says into practice from the first whistle. It will take time.

“We have to listen to the manager. He will have his ideas on what he wants and where he wants us to go in terms of on the pitch.

“I’m sure we have belief in him to get us out of the situation we are in.

“He has told us to look straight up the league and not down. That’s a positive thing to be saying. That is what we all want.

“We want to be winners and we are striving to do that.”

Rovers are bidding to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches when they entertain Leeds and Gillett sees no reason why the team should not target a top-12 finish in the Championship.

“We can still finish in the top half,” he said. “If you get back-to-back wins, you are almost in mid table.”