Doncaster Rovers: Theo’s goal is to score more

Theo Robinson
Theo Robinson

He might have been at the centre of controversy when his ‘goal’ was chalked off in the Leeds United derby defeat, but Theo Robinson is keen to kick on and get back into scoring ways - starting with his old club this weekend.

The Jamaican’s 66th minute strike against the Whites would have levelled the tie at the Keepmoat and marked Robinson’s fifth goal of the season.

However, as the forward was denied by a late flag for offside.

“I looked over the line and he’d not put the flag up and then went off. There was a big delay in the whole outcome,” said the 24-year-old.

“At that point we had pinned them in but not really got the goal.

“Performance-wise in the second half I thought we played really well.

“That decision went against us and they scored their second goal.

“We tried our best to get back into the game. The scoreline didn’t reflect how well we played and how good the team was.”

Saturday’s trip to Derby County marks several reunions with Rovers assistant boss Brian Horton coming up against former players he’s managed in Steve McClaren (Derby boss) and his number two Paul Simpson.

But for Robinson it will also mean a return to the club where he spent over two years and scored 20 goals in 48 appearances before going on loan to Huddersfield Town and later signing for Doncaster in August.

“It’ll be a good game, they have done really well this season,” said the ex-Watford trainee.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my old club, I’ve been watching them, I know the players as well.

“They’re doing really well, hopefully we can end their run but the main factor is that the team plays well, we want to do well in this league. It’ll be a very interesting game.

“I’ll try and get the win for the team and try and get the goals if I can.”

Robinson admits to not being happy with his current goal tally during a term which has seen him having to overcome a hamstring problem.

His setback was also coupled with injuries to fellow forwards Federico Macheda and Chris Brown who were also forced to spend time on the sidelines.

“There’s been ups and downs with injuries. I’ve not scored as much as I would have liked to have done,” the striker said when reflecting on this season.But I keep working hard in training and in games and I’ll try and get as many goals as I can.It has been a bit frustrating, we haven’t played too many games together because of injuries.

“I got injured and then Macheda and Browny so it’s been frustrating. But hopefully we’re all fit now and we all really want to get goals for this team.”

Despite Doncaster occupying 20th spot in the league, three points from the drop-zone, Rovers’ No.22 says there is no cause for panic.

“It’s a tough league and we’ve got some tough games coming up but we’re showing that we can play.”