Doncaster Rovers: We’ve got a psychological edge insists Sharp

Billy Sharp says Rovers have a psychological edge over tonight's opponents Charlton.
Billy Sharp says Rovers have a psychological edge over tonight's opponents Charlton.

Climbing out of the bottom three has delivered a major psychological boost to Rovers according to returning hero Billy Sharp.

The late equaliser from Sharp secured a point for Rovers which lifted them to 20th in the Championship.

None of Rovers’ relegation rivals played last weekend due to the FA Cup.

And tonight’s opponents Charlton dropped into the bottom three as a result which Sharp believes has given Rovers a psychological edge.

“Charlton go into the game knowing they’ve got to get something out of it,” Sharp told the Star.

“If we can beat them it puts massive pressure on them.

“They’ll have games in hand, like most of the teams down there, but I’d rather have the points.

“Psychologically it’s massive for us.”

Sharp feels Rovers are brimming with confidence heading into consecutive home games with Charlton and Middlesbrough.

And he says there is a great opportunity to build a cushion from the drop zone.

He said: “We’ve taken four points from the last two games and it’s a great platform to build on with these two home games.

“If we can stay unbeaten for the rest of the week we’ll be happy.

Sharp’s storybook Rovers return was almost ruined by a bout of cramp, he has revealed.

The striker marked his re-debut in the best possible fashion with his late goal to earn Rovers a point.

But the toll of a first start in a month and first taste of action in three weeks almost forced him from the pitch 15 minutes earlier as cramp set in.

He said: “I can’t remember the last full 90 minutes I’ve played but I thank the gaffer for the faith and leaving me on.

“He did catch me with cramp after 70 minutes but I managed to shake it off.

“We all dug in and got the point we deserved.

“I just enjoyed being out on the pitch with the boys, scrapping and trying to get something out of the game.

“The gaffer showed faith and belief in me and hopefully I can pay him back with more goals.”