Doncaster Rovers: Brown’s focus is spot on

Chris Brown scores from the penalty spot for Rovers.
Chris Brown scores from the penalty spot for Rovers.

An Englishman taking penalties could strike fear into some fans - but not for those who follow Chris Brown.

For the 29-year-old has a 100 per cent record for Rovers when it comes to taking spot-kicks this season.

Granted, Doncaster have only been awarded two penalties during the 2013-14 campaign, but when Brown has been called upon - he’s delivered the goods.

The Wigan strike also marked Brown’s first penalty since netting in the 1-1 August 2012 draw with York in the Capital One Cup.

“I’ve not really felt the pressure when I’ve taken penalties,” said the forward.

“When I took the penalty at Wigan, at that point we were 2-0 up so the pressure was off a little.

“The one at Charlton I was happy to take and I just picked my spot. I didn’t see the ‘keeper’s movements or anything like that, I just kept my eye on the ball.

“I practice penalties now and again in training. It’s funny really because my last penalty was against York last season and then we didn’t get another one and I was out of the team so Billy Paynter was taking them. So, the one at Wigan was my first for over a year really.”

Whether it’s penalties or open play, Brown is just keen for Rovers to continue their goalscoring form - starting with Middlesbrough today.

He said: “We’re on a good run and full of confidence. We’ve just got to keep playing the way that we are.”

Martin Woods, released by Rovers, yesterday joined Danny Wilson’s Barnsley on a deal until the end of the season.