Doncaster Rovers: Billy Sharp eager to repay ‘goal debt’

Billy Sharp tussles with Adam Clayton during Saturday's win over Huddersfield.
Billy Sharp tussles with Adam Clayton during Saturday's win over Huddersfield.

Billy Sharp’s ‘goal debt’ will be extra motivation when he lines up against Watford tonight.

The on-loan Southampton striker is counting the cost of his recent three-game absence in goals.

And he’s targeting more payback against the Hornets this evening as Doncaster go in search of their first back-to-back league wins of the season.

Sharp found the net on his return to the side with another instinctive finish in Saturday’s vital 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

And he told The Star he has the bit between his teeth even more after missing out on three games in which he would have backed himself to score.

While Sharp served a three-game ban for his red card at Brighton, Rovers returned just one point from fixtures with Barnsley, Yeovil and Bournemouth - much to the frustration of the 28-year-old frontman.

Now he’s playing catch up in front of goal as he bids to fire Doncaster to Championship safety.

“I missed three games where, no disrespect to the teams we played, but there were goals in those games,” said Sharp.

“For whatever reason we haven’t done well in those games but it’s a different story at home.

“It was a frustrating couple of weeks but it was my own fault.

“I just needed to keep fit, stay sharp and get myself ready for when I was back.

“We showed again on Saturday what we can do at home,” he added.

“We went 1-0 up, stayed focused and got an important three points.

“Now it’s up to us to continue that against Watford. It’s another important game for us.”

Saturday’s win over the Terriers also saw Sharp and fellow striker Chris Brown produce their best performance as a pairing since the former returned to Rovers in the January transfer window.

“You know what you’re going to get from Browny,” said Sharp.

“He’s good to play alongside. He takes a lot of the stick and that gives me space to do my thing.”

Rovers have no fresh injury worries for tonight.