Sharp stuff once again

Net effect: Billy Sharp celebrates his winning goal for Rovers against Leicester.            Picture: steve uttley
Net effect: Billy Sharp celebrates his winning goal for Rovers against Leicester. Picture: steve uttley

DONCASTER Rovers’ three-match unbeaten run, during which time they have picked up seven points - has delighted top scorer Billy Sharp.

“If we are going to stop up then we need to be strong at home,” said the 25-year-old who bagged a brace in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“After beating leaders Southampton in our last home match to beat another team that’s doing well was a good result.

“Especially with having to come from behind; it showed great character and a battling spirit to hold on to our lead.

“Seeing matches out is an aspect of our game that we’ve not been really good at ever since I’ve been at the club.

“I think the back five, who have come in for a lot of stick for conceding too many goals, deserve special praise for keeping them out [in the second half].

“Leicester have spent a lot of money and have obviously got a strong squad and that shows when they can bring someone like Jermaine Beckford off the bench.”

Sharp says that there has been a slight change of tactics in recent games.

“We were bottom of the table and we were going out to try and win everything, and you can’t really do that in this league,” he said.

“But we’ve managed to claw some of the deficit back and once we’ve got out of the bottom three we can go to places like Burnley and Watford with a game plan to just pick up a point.

“We’ve had three very tough games and we’ve won two and lost one, and to me we should have won all three.

“Having said that, if someone had offered us two wins from the three games before we played them, we’d have taken it.

“We can now go to Burnley on Boxing Day and be positive and try to win the game but if we have to settle for a point then we will do because that would be better than nothing.

“I think I’ve played there twice and scored once and hopefully I can add to that tally on Boxing Day.

“I feel at the moment as though I’m going to score in every game.

“I struggled for the last 10 minutes on Saturday and I think everyone could see that. But I need to play those last 10 minutes to get to 100 per cent fitness.”