Simon says March is vital for Rovers

Challenging times: Simon Gillett accepts March is a defining month in Rovers battle for survival
Challenging times: Simon Gillett accepts March is a defining month in Rovers battle for survival
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COMBATIVE midfielder Simon Gillett has admitted March is a ‘crucial month’ in Doncaster Rovers bid to stave off the threat of relegation from the Championship.

Dean Saunders men host Brighton on Saturday which kicks off a gruelling schedule of nine matches in the space of 27 days.

“It’s obviously going to be a crucial month for us because we play more than half the games we’ve got left to play so we’ve got to try and get as many points as possible on the board,” said Gillett, who was voted man of the match in the 1-1 draw with Peterborough United last weekend.

“Other teams around us picked up wins last weekend and we’ve got to do the same between now and the end of the season to get us out of the situation that we are in.

“The relegation situation is likely to change week by week with some teams winning and others losing or drawing.

“We want to be winning and for other teams to be losing. But all we can control is what we do and we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.”

The Seagulls, who are perched just outside the play-off zone, beat Rovers 2-1 on the opening weekend of the season and former Southampton player Gillett is expecting another stern test.

“They had a great start and then things dipped a bit, but they are on a crest of a wave at the moment and are in with a chance of successive promotions,” he said.

“They’ve also got a manager who has been there a while and has got them playing the way that he wants.

“It will be a tough game, they all are (at this level) but we know what to expect of them and being at home we hope to pick up a win.