Billy Sharp should not expect to walk back into the Rovers side after his suspension is done – at least if Jordan Bowery has his way.
The 22-year-old, drafted in from Aston Villa last week to cover Sharp’s three game absence, impressed on his debut with an all-action performance and is set for a second start at Yeovil tomorrow.
And Bowery insists he will not simply step aside when Sharp’s ban in completed and has put Rovers’ hero on notice to that fact.
“Billy is a natural goalscorer and he know exactly what he’s going out there,” Bowery said.
“It’s great to take his place in the team and hopefully I’ll stay there when he comes back.
“There’s pressure replacing someone like him but there’s always pressure in football.
“It’s pressure that makes you push on and improve, which is exactly what I’m here to do.
“I’ve not come here to sit on the bench. I’m here to help the team and improve myself.
“I’m going to take it step by step and see how it goes.”
Bowery is clearly delighted with the prospect of playing first team football following a frustrating 18 months since he joined Villa from Chesterfield for £500,000.
The Nottingham-born forward has made just four starts for Villa and 14 substitute appearances.
Desperate for games this season, he has put several requests in to boss Paul Lambert and was some what surprised when his switch to Rovers came about.
He said: “The first time I was asked I was told that I couldn’t go out.
“Paul Lambert said he didn’t have enough players, particularly when Libor Kozak got injured.
“But Grant Holt came in which I think it made it easier for me to go out.
“With Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Wiemann, it’s hard to get game time.
“I was sat in the stands for six games and I told the boss I could have been out on loan in that time.
“He said he’d think about it and two days later I was here.
“When you make that move from League Two to a Premier League club, it’s difficult to get games.
“There’s no way you can turn down a move like that but I admit I’d have liked to have played more games since then.
“It’s frustrating being sat in the stands. I’ve not started a game this season and reserve team football doesn’t really do much for you.
“I just wanted to get out, get some games under my belt, get my fitness up and get some goals.
“I’m really excited to be here.
“Coming to a club like this is going to help me improve.”
Bowery was given something of a whirlwind introduction to Rovers after arriving last Friday and being immediately thrust into first team action 24 hours later.
Though cramp ended his first appearance after 78 minutes, he says he enjoyed the experience, particularly playing alongside Chris Brown.
The only thing missing, he says, was a goal.
He said: “You’ve got to expect you’re going to play and it wouldn’t matter if I was told two weeks before or two minutes, I would have been ready.
“I enjoyed the game and that’s the main thing that you want.
“When you come into a team that is playing good football, it’s good for you.
“There are the players here to keep Doncaster up, we just need to make sure we get the results.
“It’s great playing with Chris Brown because he’s unbelievable at what he does.
“He wins all his headers, he’s strong and his hold-up play is excellent
“He’s very good to play with for getting the flick-ons.
“I like to run in behind so he’s the ideal strike partner for me.
“I just need to get the goals. I couldn’t tell you when the last time I scored a goal was. I’ve not scored for Villa so it’s been a while.
“Hopefully I can push on against Yeovil and get one or two goals.”