Doncaster Rovers: 50 points is still the target, says Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Chris Brown insists the magic 50-point mark must remain the target for Doncaster Rovers.

The workhorse striker has conceded, however, that three more wins might be enough to see Rovers secure their Championship status.

Saturday’s goalless draw at Nottingham Forest moved Doncaster onto 36 points, eight points clear of the bottom three.

But Brown is wary about Rovers taking their foot off the pedal after an excellent run of results against Huddersfield, Watford and Nottingham Forest.

“I still think we need three wins to be safe,” said Brown.

“We need to get to 50 points and then see where we are.

“I know a lot of people are saying you won’t need the 50 but you have to fear the worst.

“You don’t want to be one of those teams that take their foot off the pedal and then get caught out.

“If the teams at the bottom win two and we lose two all of a sudden it’s very tight again.

“We have Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and we need to beat them and then assess the situation.”

With the heavy defeat at Bournemouth still fresh in his mind, Brown was satisfied with the point at Forest, which extended Rovers’ unbeaten run to three games.

But the 29-year-old is also keen to point to a similar run of results earlier this year - and has warned against a repeat.

“The gaffer was a bit disappointed we didn’t win the game on Saturday, but the point keeps the momentum going,” said Brown.

“It’s now seven points from nine and the gaffer is getting the reaction that he asked for after the Bournemouth defeat where we really hit rock bottom.

“The other results did go for us at the weekend but we have to look after ourselves,” he added.

“We have been in this position before because we beat Wigan and Charlton, drew with Middlesbrough and then lost two or three on the bounce.

“We have to make sure we keep our foot on the pedal and have a good end to the season.”

Third bottom Charlton and second bottom Yeovil went into their fixtures at home to Bournemouth and at Wigan last night, respectively, eight points adrift of Rovers.