DONCASTER Rovers keeper Gary Woods has grabbed his chance with both hands this season.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders came under pressure from a section of fans during the summer to bring in a more experienced keeper than Woods, who spent long periods of last season on the bench.
But Saunders decided to hold fire after being impressed by Woods during pre-season and his faith in the 22-year-old has been repaid by a series of solid performances.
Woods played a starring role as Rovers, under pressure for long periods, became the first side to beat league leaders Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.
But with another testing trip to Meadow Lane to face Notts County on Saturday, Woods says there is no time for celebration.
“I think it is going to be another tough game for us because I think that they are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season,” he said. “They are a well organised side and they’ve got some good players and we are going to have to play well to beat them but we are on a good run at the moment and we got there on the back of two excellent wins in our last two games.
“We think that we can beat anyone in this league on our day, even if we aren’t at our best. We proved that on Saturday against Brentford. When that sort of thing happens it gives you confidence because you can’t play well every week.
“This time last year we were playing well and getting beat and people were asking how we got beat after playing so well. Last Saturday, we played badly and won which was a complete role reversal.
“We’ll be going to Meadow Lane to win, just as we did at Prenton Park on Tuesday. The result against Tranmere has obviously given us a boost but we’d have still have targeted a win at Notts County irrespective of the result.
“It doesn’t matter whether we play well, or play badly on the day, as long as we get the right result.
“We’ve climbed into the top six and we’ve also got a game in hand and if we win that we will be right up there.
“But we are taking nothing for granted because Oldham are playing a lot better now than they were when we should have played them in September so it’s not going to be a gimme. But I don’t think that any game in this league is going to be.”