Darren Ferguson says a positive result at neighbours Rotherham United this weekend could give Doncaster Rovers a springboard to a strong finish to the season.
But he says Rovers should not be worrying about this weekend’s derby fixture and instead concentrate on enjoying the occasion.
Rovers visit Rotherham for the first time since 2006 with the Millers on a superb run of form, having won their last six and not lost in their last 13 matches.
Ferguson believes there is no pressure on Rovers other than that which they put on themselves.
And he says halting Rotherham’s late push for automatic promotion would be a real fillip for his side.
“I think it could be a really important game if it goes right in terms of the momentum it can give us and the belief going into the last period of the season,” Ferguson told the Free Press.
“I think also for the fans as well. It’s a big game on Saturday.
“But it’s one I think we really have to look forward to rather than worry about.
“Possibly apart from ourselves and our own fans, people would expect Rotherham to be clear favourites.
“I feel for us it’s a game we can do really well in and I think it really does set us up.
“But it’s also one we can go and enjoy and get a good result.”
Luke McCullough is Rovers’ only fresh doubt for the weekend but Ferguson expects the midfielder to be fit.