DONCASTER ROVERS: Brown fears drop double

A concerned figure: Chris Brown says relegation would be a 'big setback' for Rovers
A concerned figure: Chris Brown says relegation would be a 'big setback' for Rovers

CHRIS Brown is desperate to avoid being relegated from the Championship for the second successive season.

The Doncaster Rovers striker, who has been plagued by knee problems over the last two years, went down with Preston North End last year.

“I don’t want a second relegation on my CV even though I have not played much,” he told The Star.

Rovers are rooted to the foot of the table after a seven-match winless run. Having picked up just one victory in nine games in a gruelling schedule over March, Dean Saunders troops remain six points adrift of safety with just six games remaining.

Nonetheless, Brown believes his home-town club can still defy the odds and stay up.

The 27-year-old, who recently claimed his second goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, said: “It would be a big setback for everybody at the club if we go down but the lads are determined for that not to happen.

“We still believe we can do it. In this league, if you put one or two wins together, anything is possible.

“But we have to start stringing some wins together.

“We got 45 points at Preston last season but if we can get to that point this time then we will be in with a shout.”

Brown, who is contracted to Rovers until 2013, added: “I want to help the lads stay up and play as much as I can between now and the end of the season.”

It was seven years ago Brown scored 10 goals on loan for Rovers during a seventh-month stay and he later joined Preston for £400,000 in January 2008 from Norwich City, having joined the Canaries from Sunderland.

Brown, signed on a free transfer by Rovers last summer following his release from the Lilywhites, has come on as a substitute in the last three matches for the relegation-threatened club. He could partner Frederic Piquionne, who bagged his second goal in Rovers colours in the loss at Birmingham City, should Saunders decide to rotate his personnel for the Easter double-header with Leicester City and Burnley.

“I have enjoyed playing alongside Freddy,” said Brown. “You know when the ball goes up to him that it is going to stick and you can make runs off him. He looks like he has got goals in him.”