Doncaster Rovers: ‘I don’t feel under extra pressure to score’ - Theo Robinson

Theo Robinson in action in Rovers' recent win at Oldham in the FA Cup.
Theo Robinson in action in Rovers' recent win at Oldham in the FA Cup.

Theo Robinson insists he does not feel under any extra pressure to find the net - despite Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main both breathing down his neck.

The 25-year-old striker has scored four times in 28 appearances this season, his last goal coming from the penalty spot in the win at Swindon on December 20.

Since then Tyson has returned to the bench, alongside former Middlesbrough man Main.

However, Robinson - who has been praised by his manager and teammates for his work ethic in a lone striker’s role - is not getting worked up about goals ahead of Doncaster’s trip to Oldham tomorrow.

Robinson said: “Everyone’s fit now. Tyson’s back from injury so everyone’s fighting for the jersey and I have to be on my toes. I want to stay in the team.

“I know I have to do well but I don’t feel under any more pressure to score.

“I just want to play my hardest and, even if I don’t score, make sure the team’s doing well and getting a result.

“It’s a bonus to get goals.

“As long as the team’s winning, that’s the main thing.”

He added: “The role that I’ve been given in the team means it’s up to me to put the work in and help the boys behind me.

It’s worked out well since I got back into the team.

“The formation’s been good. Everyone knows we’ve been playing 4-1-4-1 and it’s been a good shape with me leading from the front.”

Rovers have arguably upped their work rate during a four-game unbeaten run which has seen them win at Swindon, end a three-month long wait for a home win and also come close to knocking League One promotion favourites Bristol City out of the FA Cup.

Prior to that run Rovers lost in frustrating fashion at home to Gillingham - and Robinson admits the Gills defeat had a knock-on effect on the team’s mentality.

“The Gillingham game was really frustrating,” he said.

“We had loads of chances to win the game, especially in the first half. We thought we should have won that game.

“So from then on we’ve tried to have no regrets.

“It’s all in our hands at the end of the day, so we have to make sure we put everything into the next game.”